Vanessa Arbuthnott Launches A Range Of Eight Luxurious Velvets

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.

  CIRENCESTER SOFA: Tarn Velvet VELVET-78 £58/mtr; FOOTSTOOL: Lake Blue Velvet VELVET-77 £58/mtr; CUSHION (left front): Self piped and zipped Lake Blue Velvet VELVET-77 £58/mtr; CUSHION (left back): Self piped and zipped Pie in the Sky Speedwell, Straw PD-32-9 £49.50/mtr; CUSHION (middle front): Self piped and zipped Four Seasons Speedwell, Denim, Straw FR-32-6-9 £49.50/mtr; CUSHION (middle back): Self piped and zipped Honey Velvet VELVET-72 £58/mtr; CUSHION (right back): Self piped and zipped Tarn Velvet VELVET-78 £58/mtr; CUSHION (right front): Self piped and zipped Cow Parsley Duck Egg, Cornflower CP-8-16 £49.50/mtr; RUG: Stripe and Dash Smoke, Cornflower RSD-30-16 £390; PAINT: Royal Navy 257 by Little Green Paint Company £42 per 2.5 ltr

CIRENCESTER SOFA: Tarn Velvet VELVET-78 £58/mtr; FOOTSTOOL: Lake Blue Velvet VELVET-77 £58/mtr; CUSHION (left front): Self piped and zipped Lake Blue Velvet VELVET-77 £58/mtr; CUSHION (left back): Self piped and zipped Pie in the Sky Speedwell, Straw PD-32-9 £49.50/mtr; CUSHION (middle front): Self piped and zipped Four Seasons Speedwell, Denim, Straw FR-32-6-9 £49.50/mtr; CUSHION (middle back): Self piped and zipped Honey Velvet VELVET-72 £58/mtr; CUSHION (right back): Self piped and zipped Tarn Velvet VELVET-78 £58/mtr; CUSHION (right front): Self piped and zipped Cow Parsley Duck Egg, Cornflower CP-8-16 £49.50/mtr; RUG: Stripe and Dash Smoke, Cornflower RSD-30-16 £390; PAINT: Royal Navy 257 by Little Green Paint Company £42 per 2.5 ltr

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’ .

  TRADITIONAL SOFA: Marigold Velvet VELVET-73 £58/mtr; CURTAIN: Up the Garden Path Winter PATH-50 £52/mtr; CUSHION (left): Large rectangular Life and Eternity Detail Charcoal LIFE-38 £49.50/mtr piped in Plain Linen Charcoal PLAIN-38 £48/mtr; CUSHION (middle): Marigold Velvet VELVET- 73 £58/mtr piped in Thunder Velvet VELVET-74 £58/mtr; CUSHION (right): Self piped and zipped Thunder Velvet VELVET-74 £58/mtr; RUG: Stripe and Dash Smoke, Cornflower RSD-30-16 £390; PAINT: Lamp Black 228 by Little Green Paint Company £42 per 2.5 ltr

TRADITIONAL SOFA: Marigold Velvet VELVET-73 £58/mtr; CURTAIN: Up the Garden Path Winter PATH-50 £52/mtr; CUSHION (left): Large rectangular Life and Eternity Detail Charcoal LIFE-38 £49.50/mtr piped in Plain Linen Charcoal PLAIN-38 £48/mtr; CUSHION (middle): Marigold Velvet VELVET- 73 £58/mtr piped in Thunder Velvet VELVET-74 £58/mtr; CUSHION (right): Self piped and zipped Thunder Velvet VELVET-74 £58/mtr; RUG: Stripe and Dash Smoke, Cornflower RSD-30-16 £390; PAINT: Lamp Black 228 by Little Green Paint Company £42 per 2.5 ltr

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.

  FOOTSTOOL: Lake Blue Velvet VELVET-77 £58/mtr; CUSHION (from bottom): Self piped and zipped Tarn Velvet VELVET-78 £58/mtr; CUSHION: VELVET-73 £58/mtr piped in Thunder Velvet VELVET-74 £58/mtr; CUSHION: Self piped and zipped Thunder Velvet VELVET-74 £58/mtr; CUSHION (top): Self piped and zipped Lake Blue Velvet VELVET-77 £58/mtr Marigold velvet.

FOOTSTOOL: Lake Blue Velvet VELVET-77 £58/mtr; CUSHION (from bottom): Self piped and zipped Tarn Velvet VELVET-78 £58/mtr; CUSHION: VELVET-73 £58/mtr piped in Thunder Velvet VELVET-74 £58/mtr; CUSHION: Self piped and zipped Thunder Velvet VELVET-74 £58/mtr; CUSHION (top): Self piped and zipped Lake Blue Velvet VELVET-77 £58/mtr Marigold velvet.

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!

  SWEDISH BLIND: By the Sea Scree, Charcoal SEA-67-38 £52/mtr lined in Simple Ticking Detail Charcoal TICKING-38 £49.50/mtr; LAMPSHADE: By the Sea Scree, Charcoal SEA-67-38 £52/mtr; RETRO CHAIR: Honey Velvet VELVET-72 £58/mtr piped in Thunder Velvet VELVET-74 £58/mtr; RUG: Geometric Grey, Saffron, Winter RGEO-95-52-50 £240

SWEDISH BLIND: By the Sea Scree, Charcoal SEA-67-38 £52/mtr lined in Simple Ticking Detail Charcoal TICKING-38 £49.50/mtr; LAMPSHADE: By the Sea Scree, Charcoal SEA-67-38 £52/mtr; RETRO CHAIR: Honey Velvet VELVET-72 £58/mtr piped in Thunder Velvet VELVET-74 £58/mtr; RUG: Geometric Grey, Saffron, Winter RGEO-95-52-50 £240

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.

  CURTAIN: For the Love of Rose Clay, Damson LOVE-37-45 £54/mtr; TRADITIONAL CHAIR: Rose Velvet VELVET-76 £58/mtr; CERNEY FOOTSTOOL: Elephant Velvet VELVET-75 £58/mtr piped in Thunder Velvet VELVET-74 £58/mtr; Cushion (back): Self piped and zipped Thunder Velvet VELVET-74 £58/mtr; CUSHION (front): Branching Out Scree BRANCH-67 £52/mtr piped in Plain Linen Charcoal PLAIN-38 £48/mtr; RUG: Dark Grey Tapestry by Solva Woolen Mill £99.75 each; PAINT: Scree 227 by Little Greene Paint Company £42, per 2.5 ltr

CURTAIN: For the Love of Rose Clay, Damson LOVE-37-45 £54/mtr; TRADITIONAL CHAIR: Rose Velvet VELVET-76 £58/mtr; CERNEY FOOTSTOOL: Elephant Velvet VELVET-75 £58/mtr piped in Thunder Velvet VELVET-74 £58/mtr; Cushion (back): Self piped and zipped Thunder Velvet VELVET-74 £58/mtr; CUSHION (front): Branching Out Scree BRANCH-67 £52/mtr piped in Plain Linen Charcoal PLAIN-38 £48/mtr; RUG: Dark Grey Tapestry by Solva Woolen Mill £99.75 each; PAINT: Scree 227 by Little Greene Paint Company £42, per 2.5 ltr