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Linwood Chenille LF0813FR/002 Tapir fabric.

Linwood Chenille Fabric*

LF0813FR/002 Tapir

£12.50
Romo Enna Chenille 9043-05 Agate fabric.

Romo Enna Chenille Fabric*

9043-05 Agate

£29.50
Spirit Figured Velvet Fabric *
Sale

Spirit Figured Velvet Fabric *

Porcelain

£19.50
Fryetts Prague terracotta fabric

Fryetts Prague Fabric

Terracotta

£24.50
Silver chenille upholstery fabric

Mandala Chenille Fabric

Silver 1203

£17.50
Sapphire chenille upholstery fabric

Mandala Chenille Fabric

Sapphire 905

£17.50
Blue chenille upholstery fabric

Mandala Chenille Fabric

Powder Blue 1207

£17.50
Jane Churchill Samford J678F-36 fabric
Sale

Jane Churchill Samford Chenille Fabric *

J678F-36 Sky Blue

£12.50
Plain chocolate chenille fabric

Plain Chenille Fabric

Chocolate

£9.95
Larsen Delridge L8976-11 Duck Egg fabric
Sale

Larsen Delridge Chenille Fabric *

L8976-11 Duck Egg

£14.50
Stripe chenille upholstery fabric

Stripe Chenille Fabric

Cardinal Natural

£9.95
Mirage manilla fabric

Mirage Chenille Fabric

Manilla

£24.50
Mirage silver fabric

Mirage Chenille Fabric

Silver

£24.50
Jane Churchill Sheridan fabric
Sale

Jane Churchill Sheridan Fabric*

J540F/16 Mushroom

£12.50

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Chenille Curtain Fabric

Chenille is one of those unique fabrics with an identifiable look and feel to it; it is a bumpy type of soft fabric. It is a very good quality fabric that is normally durable and hard wearing and can be used for curtains or for upholstery.  In the sixties it was very popular in a lighter weight for bedspreads. The yarn for chenille is commonly manufactured from cotton, but can also be made using acrylic, rayon and olefin, wool, cotton and silk.

Manufacturing

Chenille yarn is soft, fuzzy yarns stand out around a velvety cord on this fabric. Chenille is French for 'caterpillar'.  The chenille yarn is manufactured by placing short lengths of yarn, called the "pile", between two "core yarns" and then twisting the yarn together.  The edges of these piles then stand at right angles from the yarn’s core, giving chenille both its softness and its characteristic look. Chenille will look different in one direction compared to another, as the fibres catch the light differently.

History

According to textile historians, chenille-type yarn was produced as far back as the eighteenth century. Back then the yarn was actually made by weaving a "leno" fabric and then cutting the fabric into strips to make the chenille yarn. In the 1930s, usage for the tufted fabric became widely desirable  but not extensively until commercial production in the 1970s. Standards of industrial production were not introduced until the 1990s.  From the 70s each machine head made two chenille yarns straight onto bobbins, a machine could have over 100 spindles (50 heads). Giesse was one of the first major machine manufacturers. Chenille fabrics are also often used in Letterman jackets, for the patches.

We offer a Made To Measure service on our chenille curtain fabrics. If you would like to know more about our Made To Measure curtains please contact us.

We always recommend that you dry clean our chenille curtain materials at a specialist dry cleaners.

All our chenille fabrics are available both online and in store from our fabric warehouse in Northamptonshire and we actually have even more chenille fabrics in store too that you can find in our clearance section.

Before choosing your curtain fabric there are a few points to consider about the type of fabric, type of curtains, curtain lining, curtain pole, pelmets or valences and about how much fabric you will need. Take a look at our measure & calculate page to help you with all these points.