A clear winner in the fashion stakes at this year’s January Furniture Show – the UK’s largest furnishings event – velvet has never come in such a breadth of choice or variation.

While crushed is still cool, Kobe offers a leading edge range of new velvet-style fabrics. They come in many guises as printed, woven or in geometric velvet on a mesh background, or quilted along with a host of other textured effects.

Said David Harris, MD of Kobe UK:

“We continue to be inspired by the versatility of this regal fabric. Using the very latest innovations and trends, our velvets are developed with a unique combination of luxurious yarns, high end weave and finishing techniques.”

Elegance Upholstery fabric

Opulent velvet was the textile of choice for nobility of days gone by, but these days you don’t have to be an aristocrat to enjoy its sumptuous look and feel as there’s a velvet for every style of interior.

Velvet’s luxury can be seen in both texture and drape, hanging elegantly as a curtain and conforming excellently to curves in upholstery.

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For those inspired by Art Deco, the most fashionable international design movement in modern art from 1925 until the 1940s, choose statement pieces, combined with timeless plains and semi plains reflecting lavish glamour.

Think distinct and intricate designs of geometric, floral, medallion and trellis patterns in soft and sumptuous metallic tones or gentle graceful hues. (Kobe’s Elegance collection is inspired by the Art Deco era)

To create harmony between comfort and luxury, mix modern and classic with statement pieces. Choose a timeless plain multi-purpose velvet for upholstery or curtain fabric in a unique contemporary pattern.


Transform a room from drab to delightful using plush plain and fine powder printed metallic velvets in a range of exciting patterns like toile de jouy florals, medallions and Greek and Roman inspired ornaments.

Choose colours from pastel tints to shades of gold and brown to enrich your living space. (Kobe’s City Chic and Brissac collections offer a versatile and timeless elegance to any interior setting).


Alternatively, if at the end of a busy day you want to get far away from the city lights, why not choose sumptuous velvets in colours that reflect the light back into the room. Go for pale green or pink or golden tints of yellow and hues of blue and violet. (Kobe’s Aurora collection reflects the light).

Aurora from Kobe UK (2)

Whatever your design desires and lifestyle or whether you prefer all-out glamour or the calm and tranquil, there will always be a velvet that fits the bill.


About Alys Bryan

Alys is a knowledgeable design editor who is focused on instigating conversations, both online and in-person, with industry experts which challenge, educate and advance the commercial interior sector. Her training and 15 years of professional experience as a furniture designer for the commercial sector makes her uniquely placed to lead Design Insider as Editor
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