Woven Upholstery Fabric
Plain weave (also called tabby weave or taffeta weave) is the most basic of three fundamental types of textile weaves (along with satin weave and twill) It is strong and hard-wearing, used for furnishing fabrics. Some examples of fabric with plain weave are chiffon, organza, taffeta, silk, linen, cotton, voile, muslin.
ManufacturingPlain weave, the warp and weft are aligned so they form a simple criss-cross pattern. Balanced plain weaves are fabrics in which the warp and weft are made of threads of the same weight (size) and the same number of ends per inch as picks per inch. Basket-weave is a variation of plain weave in which two or more threads are bundled and then woven as one in the warp or weft, or both. A balanced plain weave can be identified by its checkerboard-like appearance.
HistoryHistorically eighteenth century crewel embroidery preferentially used a linen and cotton twill plain-weave because it wore well.
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 woven upholstery fabric at a specialist dry cleaners.
All our woven fabrics are available both online and in store from our fabric warehouse in Northamptonshire.