If you have an upcoming theater production coming up, you’re probably debating which theater fabrics you’ll need. We understand that every production, team and budget is different. But if there’s one fabric we recommend to any size theater, it’s velour. What is velour? Keep reading to find out.
What is Velour?
Velour is a knit, napped fabric that’s memorable for its lush feel. Velour gets its signature soft feel from what’s called a pile knit texture (which comes from a weaving process where the loops are cut off at the end).
In the theater industry, velour is beloved for its rich luster, fabric durability and clean appearance. Velour fabric can be made from cotton or synthetic material, and has a range of qualities depending on the weight and type chosen.
Difference Between Velvet and Velour
Velour is not to be confused with velvet. Although similar, velour is a pile knit fabric, whereas velvet is a pile weave fabric (yarns are looped into one direction). The difference? Velvet is a lot softer and more luxurious, but also more delicate and better suited for lighter applications like clothing.
Velour Stage Curtains
Velour is a tried-and-true theater fabric. Known for its light-absorbing qualities, velour is most commonly used as stage curtains.
Uses for Velour Stage Curtains
Velour fabric is super durable and versatile in use. Plus, the crush fabric looks great, making it a smart investment for small to large theaters. Any high school, college, church, community or national theater can use flame-retardant velour fabric for:
- Professional looking stage curtains
- Acoustical sound absorption
- Pole and drape applications
- Mid-sized main settings
- Cyclorama curtains
- Theater backdrops
- Stage borders
- Stage skirting
Black Velour Fabric
Comparing Stage Curtains
If you’re looking to get some stage curtains for your production, this chart will help you compare the many fabric options you have:
|FR||Fabric||Weight||Light absorbing||Wrinkle-resistant||Opacity||Sound absorbing|
|Commando Cloth||FR||Cotton||16 oz.||X|
|Encore Velour||IFR||Polyester||15 – 22 oz.||X||X||X|
|Sound Absorbing Material||FR||Cotton||20 oz.||X||X||X|
|Marvel Velour||FR||Cotton||21 oz.||X||X||X|