Rich Velvets

Since the Renaissance velvet has been synonymous with luxury and opulence when it was the fabric of choice of the great cities of Venice, Florence and Genoa.  Velvet’s cousin velour was invented in France in 1844 and took its name from the French word for velvet, similar in appearance and feel they are however different – velvet has a pile weave structure giving that distinctive glossy sheen and velour is made with a pile knit structure. Small loops are cut off resulting in a slight loss of sheen.