A pink velour bathrobe made of 100% polyester.
Hückel Superior Velour fedora from the 1930s.
A piece of velour fabric.

Velour or velours is a plush, knitted fabric or textile similar to velvet or velveteen. It is usually made from cotton, but can also be made from synthetic materials such as polyester. Velour is used in a wide variety of applications, including clothing and upholstery.[1]

Velour can also refer to a rough natural leather sometimes called velour leather. Chrome tanned leather is ground from the inside, which forms a delicate, soft layer on the surface. It is used for footwear, clothing, and upholstery. This type of leather is often confused with velvet suede and chamois.


Velour can be a woven or a knitted fabric, allowing it to stretch. It combines the stretchy properties of knits with the rich appearance and feel of velvet. Velour is used in dance wear for the ease of movement it affords, and is also popular for warm, colorful, casual clothing. When used as upholstery, velour often is substituted for velvet.

The velour widely used in the manufacture of theater drapes and stage curtains is manufactured using the same weaving process as velvet: two sets of warps and wefts woven at the same time, with additional threads that will become the nap in between, then cut apart to produce the two separate tufted fabrics. Cotton velours used for this range from 16oz per linear yard to 32oz per linear yard, synthetic versions typically run 13oz to 32oz per linear yard.

Velour also has uses in the cleaning industry, most notably on vacuum attachments to help capture debris.

See also


  1. ^ "What is Velour and How Does it Differ From Velvet? | Contrado". Contrado Blog. 2018-02-16. Retrieved 2021-04-07.

External links

  • Media related to Velour at Wikimedia Commons

Media files used on this page

Jute nahtlos.png
Author/Creator: SoylentGreen, Licence: CC-BY-SA-3.0
Hessian Fabric made seamless. It will serve to create a normal map in Blender.
Batik Indonesia.jpg
Author/Creator: MartijnL, Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0 nl
Batik cloth purchased in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
MacLachlan hunting tartan (D. W. Stewart).svg
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A representation of the Maclachlan hunting tartan. This tartan is the oldest tartan to bear the name MacLachlan. This tartan is referred to as the Old MacLachlan, MacLachlan, and Hunting MacLachlan. This sett was first published in Old & Rare Scottish Tartans by D. W. Stewart in 1893.
Thread count: Y6, W4, Bk32, G32, Y6, W4, R48.
Sources: MacLachlan Clan Tartan WR1710 MacLachlan Hunting Tartan
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Author/Creator: hvassaleiti, Licence: CC BY 2.0
a piece of velour fabric
Hückel Superior Velour - 1.jpg
Author/Creator: Jarek Tuszyński, Licence: CC BY 4.0
Hückel Superior Velour, likely from 1930s. Some labels:
  • Paris Grand Prix 1900 (a prize Hückel company won)
  • 1799 (year of company funding)
  • Warszawa 6 Nova..... (Place the hat was sold at?)