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The Different Types of Fabric

Updated on October 8, 2012

We decorate our homes with wide-array of fabrics and decorating will be easier especially if you know your textile very well.

Here is a list of the different fabrics that you may use to decorate your homes with zest:

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Chintz
Chintz
Toile de Jouy
Toile de Jouy
Velvet
Velvet | Source
Satin
Satin
Moire
Moire
Brocade
Brocade

Chintz

Chintz is a glazed plain woven cotton fabric with a tightly spun fine warp and often comes in with vibrantly colored flowers or stripes.

Chintz is used for drapes and slipcovers.

Toile De Jouy

This type of fabric originated from the French town of Jouy-en-Josas on circa 1700s. This patterned fabric has one color, idyllic-themed print on a white or off-white backdrop.

Toile De Jouy is commonly used for upholstery, drapes, lampshades and table linen.

Velvet

This type of fabric is neither light nor heavy. A lavish fabric peppered with a cut pile that truly stands up plump is made with a silky smooth filament fiber for a shiny look

Velvet is commonly used for upholstery, throw pillows and drapes.

Satin

This type of fabric has a shiny surface and a dreary back. Satin is usually made from silk, nylon or polyester. This fabric is smooth because it has a good concentration of floats (series of missed interlacing), wherein the warp yarn is positioned on top of the weft yarn or the other way around.

Satin is commonly used for upholstery, throw pillows and bed sheets.

Moire

This corded fabric is created from silk or man-made fibers, with distinctive watermarked curvy pattern on its surface.

Moire is commonly used for upholstery, throw pillows and drapes.

Damask
Damask
Crewelwork
Crewelwork | Source
Polyester tafeta
Polyester tafeta | Source

Brocade

This weighty and jacquard-type fabric has an exquisite pattern or flower design.

Brocade is commonly used for upholstery and drapes.

Damask

Another jacquard type fabric is Damask. Usually lustrous and silky, Damask is made from linen, cotton, rayon, silk or blends. The beautiful patterns of this type of fabric are reversible and typically flat.

Damask is commonly used for napkins, table linens, drapes and wall hangings.

Crewelwork

A decorative form of embroidery using wool and an assortment of different needlework that follows design outline applied to the fabric. Crewelwork is usually made from linen or cotton.

Crewelwork is commonly used for upholstery, throw pillow, curtains and wall hangings.

Tafeta

A glossy and medium-weight, taffeta is a plain woven fabric that has a ribbed look in the crosswise direction. Tafeta is usually very smooth and has an exquisite overall appearance.

Here you have it. May this write-up help you on your fabric shopping.

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      dsddsd 

      3 years ago

      delete the musorooms now i hate them

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      kebg 

      5 years ago

      nubbybbt

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      Qing 

      5 years ago

      delete the Gloria hub nowwww! Or I will call the cops!

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      Gloria 

      5 years ago

      what kind of red would you like best?

      a.

      crismon red or b.

      tuscan red

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      tasha 

      5 years ago

      sowing is not fun at all 2 much work booooo!!!!!!

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      pona 

      5 years ago

      i like all fabrics cloth

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      Though I know a lot of these fabrics your descriptions are excellent. I sometimes miss sewing when reading hubs on fabrics and decorating. Thanks for a great hub.

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      Gener and Emily Geminiano 

      5 years ago from The Land Where Salt is Abundant

      @WEW - that was cool, glad that this was of a help...

      @Babita - yeah that's cool...

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      Babita 

      5 years ago

      I am impress see this all degions.

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      WEWEWEWEW!!!!!=__= 

      5 years ago

      thnx for the this.. XD.. it help me a lot in my assignment...

    • emilgen2011 profile imageAUTHOR

      Gener and Emily Geminiano 

      5 years ago from The Land Where Salt is Abundant

      @Carol thanks a lot for the kind words...

      @porny and abdullah --- thanks a lot too for the visit... (:

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      I used to sew a lot and it was fun to review the fabrics and characteristics. Keep on writing.

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      porny 

      5 years ago

      i love these fabric called for my girlfriend

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      abdullah 

      5 years ago

      i like all these fabrics

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