Fabric Selection

Warwick fabrics swatch

Fabric Selection and range of options have been developing over many years and come in a limitless number of colours, designs and functionality fit to suit any purpose.

Globally sourced we have the perfect solution for every space or purpose.

Abrasion Resistance

There are huge numbers of available textiles so we can’t be too specific when it comes to fabric; as a guide we have some information on the industry tests specific to the wearability and fire safety. (most suppliers will have this information on the back of swatches).

Abrasion resistance is the ability of a fabric to withstand surface wear due to rubbing. The test method used for measuring abrasion resistance for non-pile, woven and knitted upholstery fabrics is the Martindale test.

For the Martindale Rub Test, the fabric being tested is rubbed against a flat piece of worsted wool in an erratic motion designed to simulate the wear of normal use.

The test method for assessing appearance change of pile fabrics such as velvet, velveteen, corduroy, knitted velour, knitted pile and flock fabrics is the Stoll test.The Stoll Test involves the erratic movement of a small pad over the fabric surface mounted on a frame, this is also done under pressure to simulate the wear of normal use.

General Commercial Use
FLAT WOVEN/ KNITTED UPHOLSTERY
– Test method: Martindale AS 2001.2.25 (12 KPa pressure)
– Rating: 20 000 cycles (min).

PILE UPHOLSTERY FABRICS:
– Test method: Stoll AS 2687 -1997, Appendix ‘A’
– Rating: 1500 cycles (min).

Heavy Duty Commercial Use
FLAT WOVEN/ KNITTED UPHOLSTERY
– Test method: Martindale AS 2001.2.25 (12 KPa pressure)
– Rating: 40 000 cycles (min).

PILE UPHOLSTERY FABRICS:
– Test method: Stoll AS 2687 -1997, Appendix ‘A’
– Rating: 2500 cycles (min).

Fire Ratings
There are a number of tests carried out in order to assign a fabric with its nationally certified fire rating.

– The ignitability index
– Spread of Flame Index
– Heat Evolved Index
– Smoke Developed Index

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