Several aspects need to be considered when choosing a new sofa. It is important to pay attention not only to its shape, which includes numerous elements like armrests, seats and back cushions, but also to the material used to make it.
Colour is also a key aspect, but that goes hand in hand with choosing the right fabric. As a matter of fact, this latter is able to give personality and originality to the whole comfort experience, from the feeling on the skin to the overall look of the product.
Among the numerous materials available to make a sofa, from numerous kinds of leathers to the latest modern fabrics, there is a material that gives to the couch a special vibe: velvet.
Even if sofas were already known in the Egyptian and Greek times, first sofas appeared in Europe in 1700s. In those days the French started creating extended seats, naming them “divan”.
Lord Philip Stanhope (1694–1773), fourth Count of Chesterfield, asked to an artisan to create for him a padded seating structure with the aim to avoid his suits go wrinkly.
This particular piece of furniture, that enabled two and more people to get seated together, emerged quickly in the rest of Europe, especially in the United Kingdom, where the iconic Chesterfield sofas took birth, the one with the capitonné pattern. Towards the middle of the XVIII century, this new furniture component gained more and more popularity, especially with the velvet covering.
Later on, the ‘70s are considered as a new era of glory, thanks to several celebrities who started using velvet both for their outfit and for their homes.
Nowadays, velvet is not only all the rage but it comes in a lot of new different colours and shades. It is often chosen by interior designers for people who love to give to their living a classic and chic touch or for those who are looking for a vintage signature within a modern setting.
Calia Italia collections include many models in numerous coverings and velvet is available on all models. Some distinguishing Calia Italia models in velvet are MODULA, Belle Epoque, Art Nouveau, Fleur, DELIZIANTE.