The weave, yarn, rub tests/ martindale test and the design purpose all provide sound, useful indications as to a textile’s durability, but the major factors will be its specific use and the impact of your lifestyle–whether a daily hammering by a tribe of children or rarely used in a bedroom chair; equally, the level of care matters a lot.

Here are some bomb proof fabrics, i.e. known to have exceptional durability: denim, dungaree, duffle and corduroy; also any and all of the fabrics specifically designed for uniforms, protection and work, such as overalls, and that for hotels, shepherding, hunting, etc.

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