All About Mohair Upholstery Fabric and Why We Love It!

All About Mohair and Why We Love It!

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.

The iconic “Friend’s” couch in its original saturated orange mohair

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.

Mohair upholstery fabric is available in many rich 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!

We recently spotted this charming little chair on Chairloom’s instagram, and immediately thought of our green mohair

Come on in and check it out for yourself!


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    5 Responses to All About Mohair and Why We Love It!

    1. furtdsolinopv January 23, 2019 at 5:58 am #

      I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post…

    2. donald kushon November 22, 2019 at 8:47 am #

      do you have any tips on restoring a mohair uphostery where there are some indentions in the pile from an object laying on it too long (keys). Also is there a recommended cleaning agent for mohair?

      • Victoria Robinson November 30, 2019 at 10:23 am #

        Hi Donald,

        Hmmm you could try steaming the fabric. We also are big fans of the experts at Ray-Burts and recomend them for all of your upholstery and rug cleaning needs!



    3. Hina Mehta July 16, 2020 at 12:54 pm #

      Mohair is beautiful and I can’t find more beautiful green fabric then made with mohair. I have ethical issue with it though as I am vegan and don’t want to use animal exploited products. Any thoughts of any other fabrics I can use? I am particularly looking for a gorgeous green for a sofa.

      • Victoria Robinson August 7, 2020 at 1:06 pm #

        Hina, take a look at cotton velvet!

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