Most often, when someone sees a beautiful pleated Grand Drape on stage at a Broadway theater, school auditorium, or cruise ship (as in the picture below), the average person would naturally describe the drape as being made of velvet. In reality, that drape is likely made of velour (specifically, theatrical velour), a fabric that we use constantly when making custom stage curtains.
What is the difference? The main difference is the weight of the fabric. Typically, velvet is lighter and is primarily used for apparel, whereas theatrical velour is heavier and used for stage drapery. Of course, through in apparel velour (such as is used in lounging clothing) and theatrical velvet (generally in a crushed texture)., and it gets even more confusing.
To help our readers navigate the differences between velours and velvets, we have created a printable pdf document, titled “Wondering about Velour and Velvet Fabric,” that is available on our website. Click here to open the pdf document to read and/or print for your reference. Not only does it contain information about the differences between velours and velvets, but it also has some interesting background on how theatrical velour is made.