Chenille Upholstery
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
The composition includes an impressive amount of cotton, ensuring a powerful hygienic and hypoallergenic level. However, the material is less durable compared to the other two types. Often it’s a challenge to integrate the cotton combs into the thread, which makes 100 per cent natural fabric less wear-resistant. Besides, cotton is expensive: the material tends to feature high price and low abrasion resistance properties.

  • Artificial Chenille 
Cotton is mixed with viscose fibres to create blended fabric. The canvas becomes more durable but less eco-friendly. However, the price of blended chenille upholstery turns out to be affordable. 

  • Compositive (Synthetic) Chenille
The upholstery mostly features polyester. Such textiles are outstandingly wear-resistant and maintain trade dress through the years. Unfortunately, such upholstery maintains no natural character. Advanced technologies allow crafting high usability polyester fabric that is pleasant to the touch and budget-friendly. 

Chenille Pros:

  • 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.