Baize And Wool Fabrics

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  • Post published:6th May 2021
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The two fabrics we’ve recently added to our ranges are ideal for classic car upholstery, as they are hardwearing and fire-resistant.


Which Fabrics are Good For Classic Car Upholstery?

Leather is often a first choice for car seats. Baize, with it’s high wool content and natural breathability in warm weather and warmth in warm weather, make it great fabric for use in the variable temperature of car interiors.

Car seats are prone to heavy wear. Because of the way people get into and sit in cars, there is often a certain amount of twisting and movement in the seat. Effectively this is about two fabrics rubbing up against one another, with the addition of body weight. Therefore some interior design fabric characteristics are more favourable for uphostering car seats.

Key Features for Classic Car Upholstery Fabrics

Other than durability the main key feature of fabrics when used for covering car seats, is fire resistance. Thankfully all of our fabrics are inherently fire resistant, due to their high (90%+) wool content. Wool is naturally fire-resistant and smolders rather than burns and crucially doesn’t melt. Although the fabrics we’re recommending all contain a small percentage of nylon, because it is bound up with wool, the fire-resistant properties of the wool remain.

Properties of Fabric

Each fabric we stock has a set of criteria that are used to grade it:

Composition The fibre content of the fabric

Width The roll width of the fabric

Weight The grams per square metre (gsm) of the fabric

Abrasion Measured in “Rubs” this is tested using a mechanical process

Roll Length The length of the roll of fabric

Fire Resistance Match and Cigarette tested and approved by British Standards


Upholstery Classics – Timeless and Classic

Upholstery Classics – is defined by its lustrous flat finish. Designed for heavy use, it will stand up to a lot of abuse. It is made from a 90% Wool and 10% Nylon blend, giving softness as well as incredible durability that the nylon provides. The colours are understated and timeless, making them a good choice for classic car restoration.

Upholstery Classics Fabric Details

Composition90% Wool 10% Nylon
Width196cms
Weight425gsm
Abrasion100 000 Rubs (BS EN ISO 12947-2)
Roll Length60m
Fire ResistanceBS 5852 Schedule 4 Part 1 & BS 5852 Schedule 5 Part 1
(Cigarette and Match Tests)

Natural Collection – Hardwearing and Textural

With a subtle but distinct texture, the Natural Collection has a 95% Merino wool 5% Nylon composition, shot through with a beautiful low ribbed pattern. Once more the colours are understated, taking cues from natural textures and tones in the environment.

This range has more variation in colour at a fibre level, because of the high wool content. It has visible flecks which adds interest and depth.

Natural Collection Fabric Details

Composition95% Merino 5% Nylon
Width140cms
Weight380gsm
Abrasion100 000 Rubs (BS EN ISO 12947-2)
Roll Length55m
Fire ResistanceBS 5852 Schedule 4 Part 1 & BS 5852 Schedule 5 Part 1
(Cigarette and Match Tests)

Standard Baize – A True Workhourse

Our Standard Baize range are a true workhorse. They baizes in this range can and have been used for many different applications and settings. From lining jewelery boxes to covering and restoring playing card tables it truly is a versatile fabric. This is down to its tight twill weave, high wool content and subtle range of colours.

Standard Baize Fabric Details

Composition95% Merino 5% Nylon
Width190cms
Weight570gsm
Abrasion50 000 Rubs (BS EN ISO 12947-2)
Roll Length60m
Fire ResistanceBS 5852 Schedule 4 Part 1 & BS 5852 Schedule 5 Part 1
(Cigarette and Match Tests)

Extra Wide Baizes – More is… More

The Extra Wide Baize range has vast array or bright and vibrant colours all in a generous 220cm roll width. Woven to the sam exacting standards as the standard baizes, the finish is smooth and elegant with a slightly lighter weight, that makes them a little easier to work with.

Top Selling Extra Wide Baize Colours

Extra Wide Baize Fabric Details

Composition95% Merino 5% Nylon
Width220cms
Weight460gsm
Abrasion50 000 Rubs (BS EN ISO 12947-2)
Roll Length50m
Fire ResistanceBS 5852 Schedule 4 Part 1 & BS 5852 Schedule 5 Part 1
(Cigarette and Match Tests)

Need Fabric for Your Classic Car Restoration?

We hope you found this article helpful in choosing fabric for your classic car restoration project. If you need any further help and advice we are more than happy to help. Just leave a comment below or contact us today.

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