We face yet another dilemma when it comes to choosing the perfect fabric for any type of soft furnishings for our homes, and that is the weaves. There is a vast variety in that field, where some are more appropriate for bed linen; others are more suitable for curtains and bedspreads. To help us make an informed selection, we need to fully understand what the term ‘weave’ means and what the various types are.
The weave is the method used to woven a fabric. In other words, the way in which the horizontal (the ‘warp’) and vertical (‘weft’) threads (yarns) are intertwined.
There are many different types of weaves used in the textile industry with some more suitable to specific fabrics than others. A material will look and feel different depending on the weave that has been applied to it to create certain products. Below are a few of the most common and basic weave types used so that the next time you go shopping you have facts and knowledge for comparison.
Many confuse these two terms mainly because a lot of companies either don’t make it clear to the cutomer or simply abuse your trust for their gains. The truth is that the weave construction of the 2 is exactly the same but their properties change and have a different purpose depending on the type of filament fibre used. Here are the basic facts:
This is one of the more complex and more expensive weaves to produce as it requires a lot more technique and precise work than the others. It is very rewarding and beautiful one, nonetheless. Many bed linen companies have recently started using fabrics in this weave to create more luxurious looking collections, but originally it was mainly used for upholstery, curtains, bedspreads and cushions. The structure of the weave is woven by adding multiple layers of horizontal threads to form a Three-Dimensional pattern. This in turn creates a pattern within the pattern, multicolour and a gloss effect look (it can either be all or just one). This weave is known to be a lot more durable and sustainable (again depending on the type of thread, low quality offers no guarantees) as the colour, for instance, is tangible as opposed to a printed pattern that could simply wash away in time.
These are all the basic and most widely used weaves when producing fabrics for soft furnishings and interior designs. There are many others with similar structures, but knowing the above provides a basic knowledge on the topic and it will hopefully help you shop in the future!
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