Mohair (sounds just like it is spelled MO-HAIR) is one of the most ancient textile fibers known. The word comes from Arabic, and refers to a fabric made from the wool of an Angora goat. The goats can be shorn twice a year without harm, meaning it is also a renewable resource. While mohair can be found in apparel textiles, it is an extremely popular choice for upholstery fabric. It is a densely woven, lustrous, lush, and resilient velvet that has been used for centuries.
Mohair is extremely durable and usually exceeds the contract upholstery seating requirements with abrasion ratings that generally range in the 80,000-150,000 double rubs. It is so durable that you can often find antique furniture pieces that are basically held together by just the fabric! Mohair is one of the few fabrics that we recommend for cat-lovers, as kitty tends to not be able to sink its claws into the plush pile. Additionally, mohair upholstery fabric doesn’t pil or mat and is naturally resistant to dirt so cleanup is a breeze. And finally, mohair takes and holds dye so well that it is available in many saturated colors.
As a result, mohair upholstery fabric tends to be pricey. We have special order options that start at $150 for mohair fabric by the yard. Our buyer – Amy – is constantly looking out for special buys, however, and we recently got our hands on some extra special mohair. We have 2 colors at only $64.99 a yard and don’t expect it it stick around for long!
Come on in and check it out for yourself!