Sean Dix & Edimass Fabric Swatches - So what is this I'm sitting on anyway?

September 30, 2017

Sean Dix & Edimass Fabric Swatches - So what is this I'm sitting on anyway?

A quick guide to the fabrics we offer

Fabric D 

It is comprised of 52% polyester and 48% acrylic - neither of which have their origins in the natural environment, but are no less appropriate than their animal or plant-derived counterparts for usage in quality furniture. Indeed, they often surpass the latter when it comes to ease of maintenance, and are no less long-lasting or comfortable when well-treated, easily holding their original color and shape.

Polyester and acrylic are both fibers manufactured from thousands of long-chain molecules, woven together. This composition makes them very difficult to stain, deform, or rip, as the tight weave of the fabric on a microscopic level prevents undesirable substances from leaving ugly stains on your furniture, and should the stain prove too much for a wet towel, polyester is also washable.

The usage of acrylic, which was invented as a synthetic substitute for wool and in some regards surpassed the original, gives furniture using fabric D a more plush, luxurious feel without the risk of triggering an allergic reaction, being one of the most safe, hypo-allergenic fabrics out there in the market.

The comfort and visual appeal of wool, the durability of, well, polyester, all without burning a hole in your pocket. What's not to like?


Fabric B

75% wool and 25% viscose (a natural, wood-derived fabric material), fabric B is similar to fabric T in that it makes use of the strengths of both its constituent materials. Wool, as described earlier, is luxurious but prone to damage if left unprotected. In fabric B it is interwoven with viscose, which is an alternative option to nylon for a resilient secondary material used to enrich and protect the wool from damage, giving the fabric a more vintage, lived-in look.

The resultant fabric is water-resistant, and unaffected by household cleaning chemicals, as well as being tough enough to stand up to normal wear and tear without deforming or having the fabric fray. Isn't technology great?


Fabric T

85% wool and 15% nylon, this fabric takes from the best of both synthetic and natural materials. The softness of all-natural wool often fades all too fast, as is the story told by countless sweaters, hats, and scarves that start to fray and come apart after repeated use - even sheep shed their wool every year. 

Thankfully, these issues can be addressed with nylon, a material which most associate with women's stockings. The implications of fragility couldn't be more wrong, as nylon's first widespread use was in the theatres of combat during the second world war as the main material for parachutes, being just as tough yet lightweight than the material it was invented to replace, silk. 

Nylon is resistant to among other things heat, abrasion, water, deformation, color fading, and chemicals, and the coupling of these two very different materials allows us to provide for our customers the comfort of wool without any of the hassle. Now the only question remaining is "what color you want it in?"

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