Velvets – Mohair Velvet
Mohair velvet is a luxurious but hard wearing fabric that is perfect for re-upholstering Victorian button-backed chairs and sofas, or as a curtain fabric for full length curtains in high ceiling rooms. Made from the hair of the Angora goat, it is noted for its high lustre and sheen. Fibres from young Angora goats are typically used to manufacture yarn for clothing whilst fibres from the more mature ones are used to produce more heavy items such as rugs and carpets. Mohair velvet has great insulating properties, making it perfect for the winter season, along with moisture wicking properties to keep cool in the summer, making it an excellent fabric for all seasons.
Mohair is exceptionally durable, naturally elastic and crease resistant, and considered to rank highly amongst luxury fibres such as cashmere and silk. It is also usually more expensive than wool which comes from sheep. Mohair velvets are composed mainly of keratin, a protein which is found in the hair, wool, horns and skin of all mammals, and is naturally fire retardant, making them the fabric of choice for many hospitality interiors projects. Northcroft Fabrics’ Marlow fabric, for example, has been used in contract locations such as the Savoy Hotel restaurant, where fire retardency is essential. It has also been known to be used in high traffic areas of hotels, restaurants, office interiors and theatres due to its durability.
Mohair has a long and interesting history in interior design; as far as research shows, mohair velvets were originally used to upholster the seating of thrones and carriages of nobility, making it the fabric of royalty and aristocracy. It has been in use as far back as the 8th Century, making it one of the oldest textile fibres used today. It is also considered eco-friendly due to its sustainability and it takes dyes exceptionally well; colours are absorbed brilliantly into the fibres, creating beautifully rich shades.
Mohair velvets from Northcroft Fabrics are available in our Marlow range.