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How to choose a fabric!

Textiles are very versatile and indispensable materials in decoration. Linens, cottons, velvets, transparencies, fire resistant, with anti-stain treatment. There are many varieties launched by brands every 6 months. Design allied to technology is a reality that offers us a world of possibilities. With ever-increasing technical demands imposed by lifestyle, the great challenge of the moment is environmental concerns. If natural fibers are less polluting, they are still major water consumers. The technology allowed the development of new types of fibers resulting from the use of textile and plastic waste. What is fantastic is that to the touch, fabrics made from these recycled materials, look like natural cottons or linens, with the advantage that most of them are easyclean. Curtains, upholstery, cushions are some of the possible applications.


When choosing a fabric, you need to know what function you want for it!


If it's for a curtain, and the goal is to create comfort but let in the light, the fabric should be transparent, but if there is a need to darken a room, the ideal is to opt for an obscurer or even a blackout.

If the fabric is to be applied on a sofa or chair, regardless of its texture, the fabric may have an anti-stain treatment which will greatly favor its maintenance.


What type of fabric for each case?


Cottons, linens, silks, velvets, synthetics, are the most common fabrics used in decoration. In addition to the function, the choice of these textiles depends a lot on the choice of decoration. It must be taken into account that cotton and linen are washable fabrics but with the possibility of shrinkage with each wash. Silks are delicate and require greater care in maintenance. Synthetics play a very important role in decoration today because they are very practical, easy to clean and very resistant.


To apply on upholstery - Sofas, chairs, armchairs, poufs, beds and headboards.

Cottons, linens, velvets or synthetics, with thicknesses suitable for each case and very important with resistance to abrasion. This resistance is measured by the “martindale” test whose indication is given by the manufacturer. Being upholstery, the ideal is to choose an easyclean fabric, but if you opt for a natural fabric, it is always possible to apply waterproofing.


To dress windows - Curtains, draperies, Japanese or Venetian blinds.

Cottons, linens, silks, velvets or synthetics, more or less fine, such as organzas, voiles, or even blackouts. The choice, once again, will initially depend on the function. The amount of natural light that you want to let through. If it is important to see the outside landscape, the ideal would be to use a transparency, but if the idea is to let the light through but at the same time have privacy when turning on the lights at home, it is best to use a translucent fabric.


What kind of design to choose?


Smooth, textured, printed, embroidered. The choice will depend on the decoration and there the possibilities are immense. There is no formula or fixed rule, but the secret is in the details. You can always mix different types of designs as long as they are well chosen. If a more “safe” decoration is applied, the choice will fall on smooth and textured for large surfaces, such as sofas and curtains and leave the prints and embroidery for details such as pillows and small upholstery. The same will happen with the colors, clear on large surfaces and colorful in the details.


Support in choosing the best fabric for each situation!


In our store we have hundreds of fabric samples, catalogs and experienced professionals to give the best support in choosing the right one for each situation.

We sell fabrics and have curtains and upholstery confection services.


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