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Our Top 6 Posts from 2016

Posted by Shawn Voss on Jan 10, 2017 12:55:25 PM


It's not even the middle of January and already 2016 feels like ages ago... Nevertheless, the beginning of a new year is always a good time to reflect on where we have been, where we are, and where we are going. While we've got a lot of great things lined up for the coming year, let's to take a few minutes and look back at our most popular blog posts from 2016. Click on the images or links below to read the full posts!


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Topics: Upholstery Fabric, Color, Acoustic Fabric, Textiles 101, Panel Fabric

How a Plastic Bottle Becomes Fabric

Posted by Shawn Voss on Sep 30, 2016 4:02:24 PM


Yes, it's true. Most of the recycled polyester we use originates from plastic water and soda bottles. While it sounds pretty unbelievable that a hard drinking container can turn into soft fabric, it's actually a relatively simple process and is used often in our industry as well as the clothing industry. This is the story of how a plastic bottle is turned into fabric.

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Topics: Textiles 101

Why It Matters Where Your Fabric Comes From

Posted by Shawn Voss on Sep 20, 2016 11:44:00 AM

A view of some looms in our weave room - Guilford, Maine


When we purchase anything, whether it is a piece of clothing or a piece of furniture, it is easy to overlook where that product is made. It's easy to forget about all of the processes, people, expertise, resources and energy it took to get it into your hands. A lot of fabric is made overseas, but let's examine some of the drawbacks and why we think it's beneficial to purchase textiles made in the USA and Canada.

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Topics: Textiles 101, Sustainability

Upholstery vs. Panel vs. Acoustic vs. Cubicle

Posted by Shawn Voss on Aug 31, 2016 11:15:38 AM


What makes a fabric something that is made for you to sit on instead of something to wrap a panel with? Or hang in a hospital? Are the fabrics really all that different? The answer is yes and no, as we will explain in this post.

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Topics: Upholstery Fabric, Acoustic Fabric, Textiles 101, Acoustics, Panel Fabric

Content Matters: Polyester

Posted by Shawn Voss on Jul 22, 2016 2:23:05 PM

Patterns shown starting bottom left to upper right: George, Pizzazz, George, Limelight, Mod


Polyester is the most common and versatile fiber type that we weave fabric with in our mills and most of our upholstery, panel/acoustic and cubicle fabrics are woven out of polyester. In this article we will cover what polyester is, where it comes from, and its advantages and disadvantages.

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Topics: Upholstery Fabric, Acoustic Fabric, Textiles 101, Panel Fabric

Rendering Images Now Available!

Posted by Shawn Voss on Apr 22, 2016 2:27:05 PM


We all know the saying "a rendering is worth a thousands words" (right?), but if you don't have the images to make the rendering, then it isn't worth any words. That's why we are working hard to create rendering images of all our textiles so the next time you are toiling away on your latest awesome project that uses Guilford of Maine textiles, you won't be left empty handed when it comes time to really wow your client.

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Topics: Textiles 101

How Acoustic Fabric is Tested

Posted by Shawn Voss on Feb 29, 2016 11:34:10 AM


When we say our Acoustic Textiles have been 3rd party tested to perform like they should, what does that mean? In this post we will investigate how our Acoustic Textiles are tested and what those numbers mean.

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Topics: Acoustic Fabric, Textiles 101, Acoustics

Dobby vs. Jacquard: A Tale of Two Looms

Posted by Shawn Voss on Dec 17, 2015 3:02:21 PM


You may have heard the terms Jacquard and dobby in reference to fabric, but do you know what it means? In this post, we'll broadly cover the differences between these two types of looms.


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Topics: Textiles 101

Infographic: How Textiles Are Made

Posted by Shawn Voss on Oct 21, 2015 3:42:10 PM


The processes of making textiles can be, well, a little bit complicated. There are a lot of different steps that have to come together in order to make your chairs, acoustic panels, lounge seating, cubicle panels or anywhere else you stick fabric look and perform great. Some of us are visual learners, so we put together a handy infographic to give a broad overview of what the process looks like at our mills in Maine and North Carolina.


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Topics: Upholstery Fabric, Wallcovering Fabric, Acoustic Fabric, Textiles 101, Panel Fabric

Pre-Consumer vs. Post-Consumer Content

Posted by Shawn Voss on Sep 30, 2015 8:49:42 AM


When it comes to recycled content in fabric, all is not created equal. Pre-Consumer, Post-Consumer, Post-Industrial and Recycled are all terms used in the content listing of textiles but mean different things.

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Topics: Textiles 101