Have you ever seen a beautiful Grand Drape at a theatre and thought, “Wow, isn’t that velvet drape beautiful?” If so, you might be surprised to learn that the beautiful stage curtain that you were looking at was likely made from theatrical velour, rather than velvet.

This beautiful drape, made on behalf of Gridworks for the luxury cruise ship Queen Victoria, was manufactured from IFR 26oz Theatrical Velour

While the two fabrics are similar, there are some definite differences between the two, particularly in regards to weight and depth of nap. In general terms, velvet is lighter-weight, with a corresponding short nap, and is used primarily for apparel, whereas theatrical velour is heavier, tends to have a thicker nap, and is used primarily for drapery. There are also differences in the types of fibers typically used and in how the fabrics are constructed.

Want to learn more about the differences between velvet and theatrical velour,¬†and about theatrical velour is made? We’ve written an article that explains all about it. To download the article as a pdf document, click here: “Wondering About Velour and Velvet?“.