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If you look around your office or building, you will see fabric covered chairs almost everywhere, some being plain weave textures and others being very bold and vibrant finishes and they will all be manufactured from a variety of yarns and fibres, each having a purpose in the end result and finish of the fabric.


Woven fabrics have been and are still used extensively within the upholstery of task / operator style seating, however with the more modern emphasis on break out areas in today’s workplace, also within soft seating.


Often ‘blends’ of different fibres  are used, this is where a mixture of synthetic and natural fibres are ‘mixed’ together, to create an end result that gives ‘the best of both worlds’ i.e. ‘strength with a good handle and appearance’.  An example of a blend of mixed fibre composition would be our popular Medium Hazard woven tweed Flamblend or the low Hazard FR version Stirling.


Synthetic fibres such polyesters, viscose, polypropylene and nylon are used extensively within todays production, as they have many different properties than that of a natural product such as wool or cotton for example.


Many mixed fibre blends tend to be known as yarn dyed, this is where the yarn is dyed / coloured prior to weaving, whereas many 100% synthetic products or 100% wool products are often piece dyed, this is when the base cloth is woven in an ‘off-white’ or ‘greige’ state, then dyed in the roll or piece form to give a solid shade.


Examples of piece dyed products are our polyester ranges, Omega Plus, Arizona and Fizz, all offering attractive solid colour ranges and our soft wool crepe woven product Carnival, or even our felted wool products Blenheim & Blenheim Check.


There are various reasons why different fibres are introduced into a product mix. Each fibre has its own advantages and disadvantages – they are all unique in their individuality.


There is no written rule as to which products are to be used on what styles of seating, however with varying fibres offering different stretch properties, it is often found that synthetic fabrics with stretch but less recovery are more commonly found on small task / operator type seating, whereas products with wool content, that will stretch and recover well are often found on larger seating units. This however also comes down to the upholstery techniques used in todays manufacturing, simply because fabrics are often adhered to foams, thus allowing all types of fabrics being considered for all styles of seating.


The introduction of Faux leather products into various styles of seating allows upholstery to offer finishes that are wipe cleanable, along with being anti-bacterial treated and bleach cleanable which is a must for healthcare environments. Torro & Torro Plus along with Venice and Verona are perfect examples of soft PU (polyurethane) synthetic leather that looks just like the real thing! Along with Figaro, our PVC based product which carries all the relevant requirements for healthcare environments, we are delighted to offer all types of fabrics and finishes for all types of applications. 



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