Velvet and velour- what's the difference??? - Nature's Fabrics

Velvet and velour- what's the difference???

With so many types of "velvet" out there- how is anyone suppose to keep track? Nature's Fabrics has got you covered.

When it comes to luxurious fabrics, cotton velvet and velour are often mentioned in the same breath. However, there are distinct differences between these two materials that set them apart. In this blog post, we will explore the dissimilarities between cotton velvet fabric and velour fabric, shedding light on their unique characteristics and applications.

What is Cotton Velvet?

Cotton velvet is a type of velvet fabric that is made from 100% cotton fibers. It is known for its softness, durability, and rich appearance. The fabric has a dense pile, which gives it a plush texture and a luxurious feel. Cotton velvet is commonly used in upholstery, drapery, and clothing, adding a touch of elegance to any setting. It is always a woven fabric.

What is Velour?

Cotton Velour Fabric, on the other hand, is a plush knitted fabric that is typically made from a blend of cotton and synthetic fibers such as polyester. Though it can be done with only cotton (and it is a hot seller when made with bamboo and cotton and called bamboo velour fabric). It is known for its stretchiness, softness, and velvety texture. Velour has a shorter pile compared to cotton velvet, giving it a smoother and more uniform appearance. This fabric is often used in the fashion industry for making comfortable and stylish clothing, as well as in upholstery and automotive applications.

Key Differences

While both cotton velvet and velour share some similarities, there are several key differences that set them apart:


Cotton velvet is made entirely from cotton fibers, while velour is a blend of cotton and synthetic fibers- can be 100% cotton- but that is rare.

Pile Length:

Cotton velvet has a longer pile, which gives it a more plush and luxurious look. Velour, on the other hand, has a shorter pile, resulting in a smoother appearance.


Velour is known for its stretchiness, making it a popular choice for clothing that requires flexibility and comfort. Cotton velvet, on the other hand, has no stretch and is more suitable for structured garments and upholstery.


Due to its durability and rich appearance, cotton velvet is often used in upholstery, drapery, and formal clothing. Velour, with its softness and stretch, is commonly used in casual clothing, sportswear, and baby items.


In summary, while cotton velvet and velour are both luxurious fabrics, they have distinct differences that make them suitable for different applications. Cotton velvet, with its dense pile and rich appearance, is ideal for formal settings and structured garments. Velour, with its stretchiness and soft texture, is a popular choice for casual clothing and comfortable upholstery. Understanding the unique characteristics of these fabrics can help you make informed decisions when it comes to choosing the right material for your specific needs.


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