Chenille fabric is luxurious, soft and comfortable, and is therefore wonderful to use for soft furnishings and upholstery.
According to textile historians chenille-type yarn is a recent technique, being produced in the 18th century and is believed to have originated in France. Back then the yarn was actually made by weaving a leno fabric and then cutting the fabric into strips to make the chenille yarn.
Alexander Buchanan is credited as the person who introduced chenille fabric to Scotland in the 1830s. Here he developed a way to weave fuzzy shawls. This resulted in a very soft, fuzzy fabric named chenille. In the 1930s, usage for the tufted fabric became widely desirable for throws, mats, bedspreads, and carpets.
The yarn is commonly manufactured from cotton, but can also be made using acrylic, rayon and olefin.
Chenille fabrics are widely woven at Greenhill Mill, some of the latest designs are in our Suzani range.
Suzani ‘Black’ shown being woven on the loom. Suzani ‘Pomegranate Pink’ shown on an upholstered chair.