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Materials

Natural fibre fabrics are pleasant to the touch and derived from either the animal or plant kingdom. Our collection contains several different options, ranging from sturdy cotton and linen fabrics to sophisticated wool and silk fabrics. With proper care, the fabrics are persistent and with different finish treatments, the properties of natural fibre fabrics have been further improved. 

Woolen fabrics are durable and easy to care for, since woolen fibers are dirt repellent, and the exterior of wool fiber is hydrophobic. Wool is naturally flame retardant and endures heavy wear, which is why woolen fabrics are especially suitable for public spaces. Woolen upholstery fabrics usually require dry cleaning. When new, woolen fabrics might pill, but pilling will decrease over time. 

Linen fabrics are stylish and durable, as well as dirt repellent. Due to linen’s thermal conductivity and hydrophilicity, linen fabrics feel cool to the skin. Wrinkling and minor bumps are sought-after aesthetic properties of linen fabrics. Linen is made from a plant called flax. Linen is an ecological choice, since rain is the only watering flax needs. 

Cotton fabrics are easy to clean, often being machine washable. The surface of cotton fabrics is sometimes brushed in order to achieve a matte, suede-like finish. As cotton is a natural fibre, its colours might fade over time. Protect your fabrics from direct sunlight. Cotton or cotton-mixed fabrics might shrink slightly when washing, so it is important to shape the fabric back on the furniture when still slightly damp. If stained, do not spot treat the stain. Wash the whole fabric, so no obvious colour changes will be caused to the fabric. 

Hemp fabrics have great durability and UV-resistance, and they stay in shape. Due to the antimicrobial fibers of hemp, it endures moisture well without molding. Hemp is an ecological fabric due to its durability, but also because hemp plant is beneficial to the soil it grows in, and it binds more carbon dioxide than other plants on average. 

Mixed fibre fabrics are popular because of their great performance. The majority of the fabrics in our collection are woven from various fibre mixtures. Different kind of fibre combinations are possible: natural fibres with other natural fibres, or possibly natural fibres with synthetic fibres? Or maybe you’ll want synthetic fibres mixed in with another type of synthetic fibres! Fiber blends are used to improve fabric properties, for example, softness, durability, hydrophilicity and so on. 

 In terms of sustainability, mixed fibre fabrics are often a wise choice. Natural fibre fabrics tend to be fragile but adding synthetic fibre in the composition of the fabric increases its durability and longevity. 

Synthetic fabrics are very durable, easy take care of and often inexpensive. They have artificial fibers that either have a shiny or matte surface as well as leather imitations. Polyester, polyurethane and polyamide fabrics are versatile and easy to use. The fabrics are generally machine washable, their abrasion resistance is good and the fabrics last for years.

Polyester FR and Trevira fabrics are flame retardant and durable fabrics designed for public space use. Polyester Trevira fabrics are woven from Trevira yarn that is spun from polyester. Polyester Trevira is available in many different styles, some of which emulate the look of a natural fibre fabric. 

Alcantara® is a patented material by the Italian Alcantara. The selection of Alcantara® varies from upholstery materials made for home use or public spaces to marine furniture or cars. Carbon neutral, hypoallergenic and vegan, Alcantara® is an upholstery material that feels luxuriously soft yet endures heavy wear effortlessly. 

Contract fabrics are typically designed with a specific use in mind. Our selection contains special use fabrics for demanding spaces, such as health care environment. If the space in question requires certain properties from fabrics, please contact our professionals. 

Velvet and other types of pile fabrics are typically extremely durable upholstery fabrics, and they can contain very different fibrous materials and bindings. However, the surface, which gives the fabrics their characteristic, soft, velvety appearance and feeling, unites them. 

All fabrics whose pile is made by using a velvet tie are called velvet. Other fabrics with piles are, for example, microfibers and chenille fabrics.  

 Microplushes tend to be easy to look after and durable. That being said, microplushes need to be cleaned regularly, since the natural oils from skin or hair can damage the fabric, as well as alcohol or any other strong liquid. 

 Chenille fabrics’ pile is created by using a velvet thread, in the warp, the weft or in both.  

 Because the pile makes the fabric thicker and acts like a kind of buffer, the fabric’s actual structure does not tear even under severe wear.

Woven fabrics are recommended to use in frame upholstering and with footstools. Woven fabrics are easy to wipe clean and they endure wear well. Woven fabrics are typically piece dyed, so scratched to the surface must be avoided. 

Recycled fibres are the product of the development of the textile industry. That development has created new ways to produce fabrics from recycled fibres. Recycled polyester fibres, for example, can be made from plastic waste gathered from land and sea: the plastic waste is sorted, treated and spun into yarn. This process not only helps clean up the environment but also promotes circular economy. Recycled fibres can also be retrieved from post-consumer and industrial textile waste. Our Greencare collection consists of fabrics that have been made with recycled fibres.