velvet


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velvet,

fabric having a soft, thick, short pile, usually of silk, and a plain twill or satin weave ground. The pile surface is formed by weaving an extra set of warp threads that are looped over wires as in Wilton carpet, the rods being withdrawn after the weft thread is placed, leaving a row of loops or tufts across the breadth. The loops may remain uncut, forming terry velvet, or be cut, automatically in machine weaving or by a special tool in handlooming. The fabric may also be woven double, face to face, then cut apart. Velvet is supposedly one of the silk weaves developed on the ancient shuttle looms of China. The most beautiful weaves, such as brocades, are still done by hand. India has produced velvet from remote times, often richly embroidered, for the furniture and trappings of royalty. Many fine velvets were made in Turkey, and Persia was famous for its beautiful designs and colors. Magnificent velvets were used in Europe in 12th- and 13th-century religious and court ceremonials. Lucca and Genoa apparently were the first cities to make fine velvets and excelled through the 16th and 17th cent. Genoese velvet was notable for designs formed by contrasts of cut and uncut pile. Venetian and Florentine fabrics were sumptuous brocades, floral designs on contrasting grounds or on cloth of gold. Utrecht made a rich, heavy velvet used for wall and furniture coverings. Modern velvets are of many types and grades. Lyons velvet has a stiff ground and erect pile. Transparent velvet has a sheer foundation. Panne velvet is a long-napped weave, pressed. Plush and velveteen resemble velvet and are sometimes used as substitutes; the weft loops, rather than the warp loops, form the pile on these substitutes.

What does it mean when you dream about velvet?

The appearance of this elegant material in a dream may represent the dreamer’s emotions—soft, sensuous, and elegant. If the dreamer is wearing velvet, it may indicate that some honor is forthcoming.

velvet

[′vel·vət]
(textiles)
A fabric with a short, thick-set pile of silk, cotton, or other fiber on a back that is closely woven and of the same or different fibers.

velvet

1. 
a. a fabric of silk, cotton, nylon, etc., with a thick close soft usually lustrous pile
b. (as modifier): velvet curtains
2. the furry covering of the newly formed antlers of a deer
3. Slang chiefly US
a. gambling or speculative winnings
b. a gain, esp when unexpectedly high
References in classic literature ?
Anna was not in lilac, as Kitty had so urgently wished, but in a black, low-cut, velvet gown, showing her full throat and shoulders, that looked as though carved in old ivory, and her rounded arms, with tiny, slender wrists.
Velvet-black was exactly the word, for by all the powers of moonlight they were masked in the velvet of my camera-cloth.
What else should I have done with the stuff?" He twisted the velvet between his fingers.
In the corner of the sofa there was a cushion, and in the velvet which covered it there was a hole, and out of the hole peeped a tiny head with a pair of tightened eyes in it.
She felt as if she had been on a long journey, and at any rate she had had something to amuse her all the time, and she had played with the ivory elephants and had seen the gray mouse and its babies in their nest in the velvet cushion.
Then the Sheriff came down from his dais and drew near, in all his silks and velvets, to where the tattered stranger stood leaning upon his stout bow, while the good folk crowded around to see the man who shot so wondrously well.
He was a man of great taste in elegant stuffs, embroideries, and velvets, being hereditary tailor to the king.
The Lady Mary Loring slipped her hand from her yellow leather gauntlet, and he, lifting it with dainty reverence, bound it to the front of his velvet cap.
Opposite, on the velvet lining, done in gold lettering, was, CARLTON FROM DAISY.
Pickwick, in the same tone, 'it is not half the insult to you, that your appearance in my presence in a green velvet jacket, with a two-inch tail, would be to me.'
But when Gayelette came running out to him she found his silks and velvet all ruined by the river.
At that moment, with soft steps, the countess came in shyly, in her cap and velvet gown.