The short answer: it is a woven fabric made from wool. Baize is not felt or velvet – the two fabrics it is most often confused with.
The Longer Answer
So what is Baize? It is a woven fabric so it has a warp and weft. It’s made either entirely from regular wool, merino wool or a blend of wool and nylon. The higher the wool content, and the tighter the weave, the better the quality.
The highest quality baize is a strong, dense and hard-wearing fabric that doesn’t pill. This means that it will look great and last for many years, however you choose to use it.
As a specialist retailer, we only stock premium British-made fabric, with a wool content of at least 95%. All the baizes that we stock is of a heritage grade due to the strict quality standards of the manufacturer.
Want to Know More?
If you would like to learn more about this versatile fabric, we have written a longer guide on the differences between baize and felt and what to look out for when you’re buying.
We have also written an article answering How is Baize Made? going from fleece to finished fabric.
Faced baize fabrics have a right side and wrong side and the right side has a nap direction. If you have a faced baize, our guide on How to Identify the Face and Nap of Faced Baize is a must-read.
If you’ve decided you’d like to buy from us and would like a comparison of the different ranges of fabrics we sell for interiors, please read our differences between baizes guide.
Finally, if you have any further queries, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us. We’re always happy to help and can call upon a lifetime of knowledge working with this material by hand.