When choosing upholstery fabric for your home, one of the best choices you can make is chenille fabric. Chenille is durable, lustrous, and available in a huge selection of designs, colors, and patterns. While many fabric stores no longer stock as large a selection chenille, Kovi Fabrics has a huge selection of over 1,500 types of chenille fabrics and drapery to choose from, so why not opt for chenille fabric today.

What Is Chenille Fabric?

Chenille fabric is a composite fabric made from yarn that has been spun from different fibers including silk, cotton, wool, and rayon. The name Chenille is derived from the French word for the caterpillar whose fur so closely resembles the fabric yarn. As the name and the caterpillar namesake hints, chenille is made to create a soft and fluffy appearance by twisting shorter yarns around a central thread. The unique weave of chenille results in a soft and luxurious fabric that is strong and offers great tactile qualities. By cutting the yarns of a chenille fabric, a short pile effect is created, which is even softer to the touch.

Different Chenille Fabric Styles

Chenille is available in many different kinds of weaves, from a large pile to a smaller tighter pile fabric. Different colors are available as chenille is easy to dye. With different thicknesses of yarn used in the making process, it is also possible to achieve different effects. Liven up your room with chenille jacquard upholstery fabric to create that sofa you've always dreamed of. Why not try some embroidered drapery fabric with your choice of chenille fabric to create a powerful statement that also provides great sound control with the noise canceling properties?

Best Uses for Chenille Fabric

Chenille can be used in any room, and as upholstery, it can be used for sofas, ottomans, wingback chairs, a chaise long, and even that out-of-the-way window seat. Few fabrics are as versatile as chenille, and you could also create matching curtains, drapery, and accent pillows from chenille to finish your ideal home decor. Use the warmth of chenille to liven up a cold climate room, make your bedroom cozy, or create that warm and inviting reading nook you've been dreaming of with a chenille upholstered recliner and matching drapes. The options with chenille are endless. Chenille is also highly practical, and for pet owners, chenille is a blessing. Since chenille has a tight weave much like microfiber, it is also resistant to ripping. Your kitty cat and puppy dog will be less able to rip your chenille upholstered sofa, and you will also find they can't bite into the fabric as easily. Crafters also enjoy using chenille for tapestries, carpets and rugs, and ornate pillows. Chenille can add some glam to any room while remaining a highly practical fabric.

Is Chenille Fabric Right for You?

Chenille may sound fancy, but it is also easy to care for since the cotton blend fabric is fully washable and handles infrequent cleaning quite well. With stain proofing added to your chenille curtains and upholstery, you can rest assured that your chenille fabric choice will last for years when placed under moderate traffic. However, if your home is frequented by children and your sofas may require regular cleaning, chenille won't be the fabric for you. While chenille can be washed, it shouldn't be exposed to water and chemicals regularly or it will lose that classic chenille feel. A final down side to chenille fabric as an upholstery or curtaining choice is that chenille is prone to fading in strong sunlight. The amount of fading will depend on the rayon content in the chenille mix, and the higher the rayon content, the more your chenille will fade over time. Whether you are choosing an everyday fabric for a family room or a special occasion fabric for your guest room, chenille remains a firm favorite.


Kovi Fabrics has a large selection of premium chenille fabrics to satisfy your heart's desire. Choosing will depend on the kind of project you are working on, the amount of wear and tear your furniture item will experience, the frequency of cleaning up it will have to endure, and the amount of UV exposure your fabric will face. Having ticked those boxes, it's time to indulge your senses as you dive into the treasure trove of Kovi Fabrics's chenille collection.

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