Upholstery Chenille

What Makes Chenille So Good for Upholstery?

With a huge selection of alluring fabrics to choose from, sometimes is hard to know what to do. But few fabrics are as seductive as chenille. With is warm and durable but inviting properties, chenille is high on the list for many people when they are selecting fabrics for their sofa.

How is Upholstery Chenille Made?

The manufacturing process is comparatively new in comparison to other fabrics. The first records of chenille being produced go back to France in the 18-century. Indeed the word “chenille” translates as “caterpillar” in French This term being used to describe the look and soft texture that the pile creates when finished.  

Acrylic; lends itself well to the production, of upholstery chenille because of its soft yet durable qualities, and some of the European mills have made good use of this over the years.

The way we produce Upholstery Chenille now has somewhat improved since the 18 century. Today manufactures produce chenille by putting a short length of yarn between two cores and then twisting them together produce the lumpy textured chenille. This produces the soft pile effect. Next edges the pile, are laid erect to the yarns core to produce the overall effect. Some mills that produce upholstery chenille, like to go the extra step and the then wash and tumble the fabric in huge machines, to maximise on that beautiful soft texture that chenille has.  

Ross Fabrics  Cromwell Collection



Soft to the touch



Large selection of colours 

Large selection of designs


Not normally washable

Can loose is shape overtime  

Can have pile-shading issues

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