Velvet is a type of tufted fabric in which the cut threads are very evenly distributed, with a short, soft dense pile, giving it its distinct feel. Velvet has long been considered a luxury fabric because it requires more thread to manufacture than other fabrics, as well as multiple steps. Inexpensive - £12 - £14/m. High performance FR velvet is one of the most durable fabrics on the market with a rub test of over 200,000. Highly suitable for high wear areas.