Although velvet is believed to be European nobility, its roots can be traced back to the East. Traces of velvet were found in China and Egypt dating back to several old dynasties. The earliest velvet was produced in Baghdad in the 13th Century before the technique was adopted by Italian weavers in the 14th Century. It was these weavers of Genoa, Florence and Venice who introduced both color and design into the velvet fabric. Italy, then became one of the biggest producers of velvet and shipped all over Europe.
Even if velvet production became a lot easier and cheaper nowadays, the charm and glam of velvet still remains. From the early days when the fabric was typically woven from silk and the process to create it was so time consuming and elaborate that it was considered a very high end luxury fabric available only for royals and the elite till today, velvet is associated to glamour and luxe.
Velvets are making a big comeback in fashion and design. This classic fabric provide just the right hit of dramatic sophistication to any wedding.
It is like linen one of those fabrics that’s very versatile. It can go with a lot of different materials, but it should be paired with something that won’t outshine the velvet to unfold it’s full beauty. Velvet may seem like a winter fabric, but depending on the color, the thickness and what you’re pairing it with, velvet can be used as a neutral fabric across all seasons.