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Kensington Chenille Fabric Silver

Kensington Chenille Fabric

Silver I15

£12.50
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Manuel Canovas Monceau Chenille Fabric Carbone

Manuel Canovas Monceau Chenille Fabric*

04801/14 Carbone D22

£19.50
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Larsen Atlanta Weave Fabric Taupe

Larsen Atlanta Weave Fabric*

L8989-03 Taupe B8

£19.50
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Larsen Atlanta Weave Fabric Chocolate

Larsen Atlanta Weave Fabric*

L8989-08 Chocolate B8

£19.50
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Multiyork Lhasa Fabric Ivory

Multiyork Lhasa Fabric*

Ivory H6

£12.50
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iLiv Aster Chenille Teal fabric

iLiv Aster Chenille Fabric

Teal G16

£19.50
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iLiv Aster Chenille Linen fabric

iLiv Aster Chenille Fabric

Linen G16

£19.50
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iLiv Aster Chenille Garnet fabric

iLiv Aster Chenille Fabric

Garnet G17

£19.50
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iLiv Aster Chenille Forest fabric

iLiv Aster Chenille Fabric

Forest G17

£19.50
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iLiv Aster Chenille Coral fabric

iLiv Aster Chenille Fabric

Coral G16

£19.50
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Larsen Conrad Weave Fabric* Chocolate

Larsen Conrad Weave Fabric*

Chocolate C14

£19.50
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Manuel Canovas Nevada Chenille Fabric* 04622/17 Chanvre

Manuel Canovas Nevada Chenille Fabric*

04622/17 Chanvre D21

£19.50
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Manuel Canovas Monceau Chenille Fabric* 04801/19 Turquoise

Manuel Canovas Monceau Chenille Fabric*

04801/19 Turquoise D22

£19.50
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Needlecord Chenille Fabric* Heather

Needlecord Chenille Fabric*

Heather D5

£9.50
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Needdlecord Chenille Fabric* Terracotta

Needlecord Chenille Fabric*

Terracotta D5

£9.50
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Jane Churchill Munro Chenille Fabric* J735F-02 Stone

Jane Churchill Munro Chenille Fabric*

J735F-02 Stone B15

£17.50
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Jane Churchill Munro Chenille Fabric* J735F-10 Yellow

Jane Churchill Munro Chenille Fabric*

J735F-10 Yellow B15

£17.50
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Colefax & Fowler Morell Fabric* Natural

Colefax & Fowler Morell Fabric*

F4025/04 Natural B18

£24.50
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Chenille Upholstery Fabric

Chenille is a unique fabric that has a distinctive look and feel to it.

The yarn for chenille is commonly manufactured from cotton, but can also be made using acrylic, rayon and olefin, wool, cotton and silk.  Chenille fabric is a bumpy type of soft fabric. It is a very good quality fabric used for curtainsand often for upholstery as it is usually heavyweight and durable making it perfect for covering furniture.  In the sixties it was very popular in a lighter weight for bedspreads but is not so much any more.

Chenille fabrics should be dry cleaned.

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 sell both fire retardant fabrics and fabrics that are not fire retardant. Some fabrics, whilst being suitable for upholstery with regards to fabric weight, it may require treating to the relevant British Safety Standard if you are to use your chosen fabric to cover furniture or other items in the home. Alternatively you could use a flame retardant barrier cloth with your chosen fabric when doing upholstery.

We always recommend that you dry clean our chenille upholstery fabrics at a specialist dry cleaners.

All our chenille upholstery fabrics are available both online and in store from our fabric warehouse in Northamptonshire.