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Timeless Opulence: How to Use Velvet in Your Home to Achieve a Luxurious Environment

red and black velvet fabrics

If you pay attention, you can find luxury in the simplest things. Quality furniture and thoughtful home accessories can do miracles for our homes, an ordinary room can be turned into a diva-feeling one by adding texture fabrics, and one of these fabrics that is beautiful, adds luxury and has stood the test of time is velvet.

 

Velvet has a long and storied history. A brief overview follows:

 

Ancient Beginnings

The origins of velvet date back to the East, with the earliest examples found in ancient Egypt and China around 2000 BCE. Initially, it was a rare and expensive fabric made exclusively from silk.


Silk and Royalty


red velvet crown

Throughout history, velvet became synonymous with opulence and was favoured by aristocratic and royal families across Europe. Sheen and soft, plush texture made it a status symbol.


Renaissance Splendour


blush pink antique buttoned velvet sofa

Velvet's popularity surged in Italy during the Renaissance era. Velvet attire adorned with intricate designs and vibrant hues gained popularity among the elite.


Industrial Revolution and Accessibility

The Industrial Revolution in the 19th century brought progress in textile production, making velvet more accessible to a broader range of consumers as manufacturing techniques evolved.


Cotton and Synthetic Fibres

Cotton and synthetic fibres changed the face of velvet in the 20th century, allowing for more affordable alternatives while still maintaining the opulent feel.  According to Wikipedia, "In the past, velvet was typically made from silk. Today, velvet can be made from linen, cotton, wool and synthetic fibres."


Velvet in Home Decor


dark blue buttoned velvet armchair in a cosy living room corner

Velvet's transformation from a predominantly fashion-oriented fabric to a popular choice for interior decoration took place in the mid-20th century. Its toughness, versatility, and the opulence it gives to interiors gave it a star status when developing accent furniture and accessories.





Modern Trends


Fuchsia velvet sofa with gold coffee table