Why Choose Jacquard Fabric?

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What do you look for when shopping for upholstery fabric? Do you look for a fabric with high abrasion resistance? A fabric with a high wear rating and excellent durability? What about a fabric with superior colorfastness that won’t fade as quickly as printed upholstery fabrics? If the answer to any of these questions is a resounding “Yes!,” then choose jacquard upholstery fabric for your next DIY project. In today’s blog, we’re going to take an in-depth look at jacquard fabric, explain what it is and how it’s made, and show how it’s superior to other woven upholstery fabrics.

Jacquard upholstery fabrics for sale by the yard

First, let’s take a quick look at the key properties and characteristics of this fabric. Then we’ll explain more about jacquard and why we’re big fans of it here at Sailrite®.

Key Characteristics of Jacquard Fabric:

  • The pattern is woven throughout the fabric.
  • It’s incredibly durable and abrasion resistant.
  • Each yarn is individually dyed prior to the weaving process.
  • There’s no right/wrong side, or the pattern is reversible.

How Is Jacquard Fabric Made?

What makes jacquard fabric unique is the weaving process. Imitation upholstery fabrics might claim that they are jacquards, but true jacquard fabrics can only be woven on a Jacquard loom. A Jacquard loom is more complicated than a twill or dobby loom. The individual yarns are woven in such a way as to create very complex and intricate patterns. And because the Jacquard loom is patented, other looms will never be able to produce such intricate designs.

First, it starts with the yarns that make up the fabric. Every yarn used in a jacquard fabric is dyed, which means the colors and patterns are woven throughout the fabric. This differs from some upholstery fabrics that are woven from white yarn to create a plain white fabric. Then the pattern is printed, stamped or embroidered onto one side of the fabric. With the pattern only printed on one side, the fabric will stretch over time with use and give the appearance of fabric fading. This will never happen with jacquard fabric.

Outdura upholstery fabrics by the yard
With jacquard upholstery fabrics, the design is woven into the fabric, not printed on the surface. This means that some jacquard fabrics are reversible. As you can see with these Outdura fabrics, the back side of the fabric is the negative of the pattern on the front.

Next, a loom weaves those dyed yarns into the programmed pattern. Jacquard fabrics can be anything from detailed florals and damasks to intricate geometrics, abstracts and more. Today’s Jacquard looms are electronic and are programmed to read the sequence of the fabric weave. The Jacquard mechanism lifts and lowers the individual warp yarns to create the programmed pattern. Due to the weaving process, jacquard fabrics tend to be thicker than their printed upholstery fabric counterparts. Achieving such detailed and beautiful patterns woven throughout the fabric requires a lot of yarn, which has the added benefit of making jacquards more abrasion resistant and durable than other upholstery fabrics.

If you’re interested in learning more about the history of jacquard fabrics and how they evolved over the years, check out our blog “Jacquard Fabric — What Is a Jacquard Fabric?” (#300390XHT).

Sunbrella upholstery fabrics sold by the yard at Sailrite.
Sunbrella upholstery fabrics are available in a wide variety of colors and patterns to complement your home and personal style.

Jacquard Fabrics at Sailrite

Jacquards are recommended throughout the upholstery industry. We stock jacquard fabric by the yard in a wide selection of colors, patterns and price points. Our jacquard fabrics are fully synthetic — acrylics, polyesters, olefins — or synthetic and natural fiber blends. We carry only the top brands in the upholstery industry, so you can rest assured that your jacquard fabric from Sailrite will perform for you year after year.

Outdura® and Sunbrella® upholstery fabrics are both solution-dyed acrylics that we recommend for all your indoor and outdoor furniture and upholstery projects. Both brands feature fabrics that are highly stain, abrasion and fade resistant. Because the fabrics are solution-dyed acrylic, they are incredibly easy to clean. You can even remove stains with a bleach-and-water solution. Choose Outdura and Sunbrella for cushions and pillows, slipcovers, upholstery, window treatments, and more.

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Crypton fabric by the yard.
These Crypton jacquard fabrics have a proprietary stain- and water-resistant coating on the back side, which means these fabrics are not reversible.

Crypton® Home Fabrics offer jacquards in subdued patterns and classic colorways that will add a timeless elegance to your home. Crypton fabrics are indoor-only performance fabrics with incredible proprietary stain- and odor-resistant technology. The patented process includes an immersion bath and heat process that seals the technology into each fiber. This stain and moisture protection lasts for the fabric’s lifetime. Liquids bead and roll off the fabric, and most other stains require simple spot cleaning. Crypton fabrics are ideal for high-traffic furniture and everyday living.

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We hope we’ve helped you understand why jacquard upholstery fabrics at Sailrite are a great choice for your home furnishing needs. If you are upholstering your own furniture and need some sewing tips or full, step-by-step project tutorials, head on over to our “Learn” page. There you’ll find hundreds of free project tutorials. We include full materials and tools lists so you don’t have to stress over how much fabric, foam and other supplies to order. We make it easy for you to DIY like a pro!