A strong cotton fabric woven to form vertical ribs by floating extra yarn across, which is then cut to make the pile. Use for traditional upholstery. Press on a velvet pin board whilst still damp. As ribs may be woven from a very fine needlecord to wide jumbo cord, the fabric is versatile and useful for sofas, cushions and curtains. Its robust, workman-like feel works well in shabby chic and rural settings; it can stand on its own with almost every fabric–toile de Jouy, chintz, tweeds, damasks, checks and stripes, plaids and florals.

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