Velvet, made of either synthetic or natural fibers, but traditionally silk, is a type of woven tufted fabric in which the cut threads are evenly distributed, with a short dense pile, giving it a distinctive feel. Woven on a special loom that weaves two thicknesses of velvet at the same time - the two pieces are then cut apart to create the pile effect. Velvet was expensive to make before industrial power looms became available and predominantly only worn by nobility in the early 1400's. More recently, synthetic velvets have been developed, mostly polyester, nylon, viscose and acetate and a small percentage of spandex is sometimes added to give it that extra stretch. Please note prices shown are per metre unless otherwise specified.