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Furniture Style Glossary: Fabric


Fabric

Braid
Woven strips of cloth

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Victorian

Brocade
Rich, heavily woven fabric with a raised design, often with gold or silver thread.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Chippendale
  • Robert Adam
  • Hepplewhite
  • Sheraton
  • Duncan Phyfe
  • American Empire
  • Art Nouveau

Canvas
Medium to Heavy weight, closely woven plain coarse cloth of cotton, linen, silk, or a mixture.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Arts and Craft

Chintz
Plain woven sometimes glazed cloth imprinted with patterns or designs, often floral with five bright colors.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • William and Mary
  • Queen Anne
  • Colonial

Cotton
Fabric made from the fiber of the cotton plant.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Shaker

Cretonne
Medium to heavy weight, unglazed printed fabric, often made of cotton or linen in large often floral patterns.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Early American

Crewel
Embroidery using wool on closely woven cotton, linen, or wool, often of floral motifs and vines.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Queen Anne
  • Colonial

Damask
Medium weight, glossy fabric with a reversible pattern and a figured, intricate weave, often of linen, cotton, silk, or wool.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • William and Mary
  • Queen Anne
  • Colonial
  • Robert Adam
  • Hepplewhite
  • Federal
  • Sheraton
  • Duncan Phyfe
  • American Empire
  • Art Nouveau

Hair Cloth
Stiff open weave fabric made from animal hair, often camel or horse hair.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Chippendale
  • Hepplewhite
  • Sheraton
  • Duncan Phyfe
  • Victorian
Leather
Material created from the tanning of animal hides.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Jacobean
  • Early American
  • Pennsylvania Dutch
  • Chippendale
  • Arts and Craft
  • Art Nouveau
  • Scandivanian Contemporary

Linen
Cloth made from the fiber of the flax plant.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Early American
  • Art Nouveau

Mohair
Fabric made from the angora goat.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Georgian
  • Art Nouveau

Needlepoint
A type of counted thread embroidery in which yarn is stitched through an open canvas weave.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • William and Mary
  • Queen Anne
  • Colonial
  • Chippendale
  • Duncan Phyfe
  • Victorian

Plush
Fabric with a deep pile, often velvet.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Victorian

Satin
Light to medium weight fabric a smooth glossy face and a dull back.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Robert Adam
  • Hepplewhite
  • Duncan Phyfe

Silk
Fine, lustrous fabric woven from the fiber made by silkworms.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Chippendale
  • Hepplewhite

Tapestry
Heavy weight fabric with decorative designs.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Queen Anne
  • Colonial
  • Georgian
  • Chippendale
  • Federal
  • Victorian
  • Art Nouveau

Velour
Cloth with a short thick pile, usually made from mercerized cotton, silk, or mohair.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Victorian

Velvet
Woven fabric that is soft and sturdy, often made of silk with blends of cotton, nylon, and rayon.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Jacobean
  • Queen Anne
  • Georgian
  • Chippendale
  • American Empire
  • Victorian
  • Art Nouveau

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