God himself would surely wear velvet trousers, this sumptuous fabric has no equal when it comes to ravishing the senses. Whether it has the shine and suppleness of silk or the delicate lustre of cotton, plain or corduroy, velvet invariably conjures up softness and luxury.
Originally from the Orient, its use spread to Genoa, Venice and Florence from the 14th century. Long the preserve of the elite, velvet has gradually become more commonplace. As popular on the catwalks of the great couturiers as in furnishings, it is used for its warmth and glamour, as well as its durability.