Chenille is a dense wear-resistant material starring a velvety texture. The textile originates from the USA and has a two-centuries-old background. A particular thread structure resembles a caterpillar (Fr. “chenille”) and features fluffy fibres that enforce the composition.
Manufacturers craft chenille textiles by inweaving fluffy fibres within warp yarn canvas. These chenille downy elements influence the density and weight of the ready-for-service material. Dense chenille upholstery appears to be more durable and usable. However, it impacts the cost – the fabric becomes more expensive.
The textile industry differentiates three types of chenille:
- Natural Chenille
- Artificial Chenille
- Compositive (Synthetic) Chenille
- Resistant to potential shrinkage but is liable to high temperatures
- Durable and resilient, wrinkle-free and not sensitive to stretching
- Available in a broad spectrum of colours
- Possesses high colourfastness and abrasion resistance
- The material leaks quickly, resulting in the item decay. The owners of soft chenille furniture should use only cleaning foam.
- Avoid using aggressive cleaning agents.
- Is liable to snags
- Chenille featuring viscose is subject to pills.