Frequently Asked Questions

Can you tell me more about the sheers in your line?


Sheers are transparent fabrics. Yet, in some cases, the photo images of the sheer fabrics in our online catalog may not appear to be transparent. If you are unsure, please ask our sales rep when placing your order or request a sample.




Some of the fabrics sizes are specified by height instead of width. Why?


You'll find this specification only with sheers that often run 118" wide, the standard European width of 300cm. One side of this sheer is manufactured with a rolled hem, known as a European hem and is heavy to hold the curtain down. Because the fabric is railroaded, we provide the sizing by height. As an example, picture the sheer as a window treatment. With the European hem on the floor, measure 118" from the floor to reach the other end of the fabric. For windows shorter than 118", the extra fabric can be used for shams or other decorative items in your design.




I find your sheers expensive. Why is this?


Please understand that you get a lot of material when the fabric is 118" high. If you compare that with standard fabric width of 54", you get almost 2 1/2 times more material. When you see, and more importanly feel, our sheers, you will find a sophisticated product made with a finishing process that gets a lot of attention and pride of the European mills.




How long will it take to get my order?


Depending on if we have the fabric on stock or have to order it at the mill, the lead time once we process your order can take from 24 hours to 6 weeks. Please check back with us for further information.




What is a deco fabric?


A deco fabric is used for all decoration purposes, most commonly: window treatments, wall coverings, curtains, light upholstery or pillows. It is neither a sheer and nor upholstery material.




What is upholstery fabric?


The primary use for upholstery fabric is for all seating. However, our customers have frequently used it for wall coverings, especially in airplanes, yachts and cruise ships.




What about flame retardants?


The majority of our fabrics pass the NFPA260 or NFPA 701 test. If a fabric has not been tested or does not pass the test, we can have flame retardants applied to meet all standard US fire codes and/or your specifications, for an additional fee. We select contractors who ensure the use of non-toxic chemicals while meeting the safety codes and retaining the original luxurious feel and performance of the fabric. Certification of the flame retardant process is provided to the customer.




What is Trevira CS?


Trevira CS yarn is inherently 100% flame retardant . This sophisticated finishing process affords an amazing look and feel while meeting safety standards. Look for the Trevira CS logo on select products in our catalog.




What is the main advantage of polyester?


Polyester fabrics are a good choice for interior or exterior designs exposed to a lot of sunlight. Polyester used in fabrics prevents color fading, is durable, and allows easy handling. Little to no ironing is required.




Why do you use so many mixed fibers?


This is what makes the fabric world so magical. It shines, it sparkles, it is iridescent and it is glossy or matte. It feels like cotton, silk or linen. You, the professional, decide what you like best for the job. We want to give you the best tools available. Our goal is to give you the best the European world has to offer.




What is chenille?


The term chenille is used broadly. It is a fuzzy type of yarn whose pile resembles a caterpillar. Chenilles are luxurious fabrics of soft texture that may crush and mark more than other fabrics. Crushing of the surface creates a random shading that is considered a desirable expression of the fabric's elegance.




How do you measure abrasion resistance?


Abrasion resistance is the ability of a fiber or fabric to withstand surface wear and rubbing. It is tested by simulating surface wear of a material in actual use. The Wyzenbeek measurement is most commonly used in the United States; the Martindale measurement is more common in Europe. The Wyzenbeek measurement is provided for Prismatek fabrics appropriate for abrasion resistance testing. Criteria of measuring resistance are: Visual comparison in appearance. The number of abrasion cycles required to form a hole or failure in the fabric. The strength in loss caused by a number of abrasion cycles.




What is your minimum order quantity?


2 yards.





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