What is velvet, anyway?

Velvet fabric swatches

Velvet is a beautiful, soft, shimmering fabric often associated with luxury. Historically velvet was made from silk and worn by royalty!

Nowadays, velvet is much more commonplace, as it is no longer made exclusively from silk. Click here to see how easy it is to keep our velvets clean. People often think velvet is a certain type of material; in fact, velvet fabric is set apart by the weave of the material. It’s characterized by its even pile height which is created on a special loom.

All of our fabrics, including our velvets, are made from polyester. Book an appointment to feel just how soft and luxurious our fabrics are. Polyester is a synthetic material revered for its durability and longevity, meaning it can last you a lifetime if you take care of it. That is significant considering the over-production of fabrics worldwide. All fabrics, even those made of natural fibers, have a negative environmental impact. Cotton, for example, is very water-intensive, and wool contributes to the greenhouse gas emissions of the agricultural sector. A circular economy in which materials are salvaged, restored, and reused is ideal (and possible!). At Brooklyn Space, we do our best to contribute to this mission by re-homing your old sofa so that it avoids the landfill.

Regardless of fabric, the best thing you can do for the environment is buy less! So go with a quality sofa that will last for years to come, rather than the cheap (and cheaply made) sofa that might only last a year or two.