When it comes to upholstery, money doesn't necessarily buy longevity. A precious silk lampas may be extremely fragile, while a pedestrian nylon is all but indestructible. Learn the differences among fabrics and important terms to make the best choice for your furnishing.
Brocade is a rather fancy fabric -- often floral -- that mimics embroidery. It must be tightly woven for upholstery applications, and even then is not suitable for constant use because of its tendency to abrade and snag.