To complement her existing collections, Vanessa Arbuthnott has introduced a beautiful range of eight velvets. Stylish, chic and sophisticated, the velvets transcend trends and style beautifully: their luminous sheen makes them especially fitting for a glamorous room, but they can feel equally at home in relaxed or modern spaces.
There are several schools of thought as to where and when velvet originated, but it is most likely to have been in the Far East (probably China) around the 13th century. It then made its way west along the Silk Road, becoming immensely popular during the Italian Renaissance. In fact, the word ‘velvet’ comes from the Italian ‘velluto’ meaning ‘shaggy’ .
Contrary to popular belief, velvet is not in fact a fabric per se, but a weaving technique, which creates a soft, dense pile that covers the base cloth, thus forming the sumptuous plush surface traditionally associated with ‘velvet’.
Because it is not a flat-woven fabric like linen, velvet requires more yarn and takes multiple steps to produce. Yarn is first woven together on a loom between two layers of backing. The fabric is then split down the middle, creating two identical pieces, each with the upraised pile that provides its beguilingly soft, heightened texture.
It is a common misconception that velvet is high-maintenance. In truth, the fabric is not all that delicate and can last for decades if properly cared for. Even in a family room that gets a lot of action, velvet is a functional option that will hold up beautifully to years of wear. It is in fact quite easy to look after velvet and keep it looking fresh and fabulous!
Vanessa’s velvets come in a comprehensive colour palette: from moody, jewel tones for darker, more decadent spaces to alluring softer shades for a lighter, fresher look, there’s a hue to accessorise every interior and bestow a touch of extra luxe to your home.