Tactile Tales: The Allure of Touch in the World of Fabrics

Tactile Tales: The Allure of Touch in the World of Fabrics

Oct 11, 2023Parker Burnham

The Sensory World of Fabrics

Beyond the visual delight that fabrics bring into our spaces, there's a world of sensory experiences waiting to be explored. Fabrics hold stories not just for our eyes, but for our fingertips too. From the silken smoothness of finely woven satin to the rough, raw texture of jute, every fabric offers a unique tactile journey.

Introducing 'The Hand' of a Fabric

When fabric aficionados discuss the feel of a fabric, they use a special term: "the hand". This doesn't refer to our own hands, but rather to the way a fabric feels when it's touched. Think of it as the fabric's own 'handshake' with you. The hand of a fabric can be everything from soft, smooth, or silky, to rough, bumpy, or even stretchy.

Understanding and appreciating the hand of a fabric can deeply enrich your design journey. It's a thread of woven wisdom that emphasizes how integral touch is in the world of fabrics.

Why Touch Matters

The feel of a fabric plays a pivotal role in the comfort and aesthetics of a space. Imagine sinking into a plush velvet couch or feeling the crispness of fresh cotton sheets; these tactile experiences elevate the ambiance of our homes. Moreover, the texture influences our perception of warmth, coziness, luxury, or even simplicity.

Sampling: Touch Before You Choose

Given the paramount importance of a fabric's feel, sampling becomes an invaluable step in the selection process. Before committing to yards of fabric for your interiors, ensure you touch, feel, and live with a sample. At Design Company Fabrics, we encourage our patrons to order samples and spend some tactile time with them. After all, a fabric might look stunning, but it's the feel that will determine its lasting impact in your space.

A Symphony of Textures Awaiting Exploration

Whether you're a seasoned designer or someone venturing into the realm of fabrics, remember to give touch its due importance. The world of fabrics is vast, and the tactile experiences it offers are limitless. From the rugged charm of tweeds to the breezy softness of washed linens, there's a symphony of textures awaiting your exploration.


As you embark on your next design adventure, let your fingertips lead the way. Dive deep into the tactile tales of fabrics, and let the allure of touch shape your choices. And as you explore, remember the woven wisdom that underscores the world of textiles: the hand of a fabric isn't just about how it feels, but how it makes you feel.

Thank you for joining us here at Design Company Fabrics.

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