Introducing the Bungalow Living velvet range of cushions made here in Australia is very exciting. Velvet has always been considered one of the finest cloths available and while it has gone in and out of style throughout the years. Because of its unusual softness and appearance, as well as its high cost of production, velvet has often been associated with nobility. Velvet was introduced to Baghdad during the rule of “Harun al-Rashid” by Kashmiri merchants and to Al-Andalus by Ziryab. In the Mamluk era, Cairo was the world’s largest producer of velvet. Much of it was exported to Venice, from whence it spread to most of Europe. King Richard II of England directed in his will that his body should be clothed in velveto in 1399.
These days velvet is available to all, not just nobility and everyone can enjoy the luxuriness that velvet clothing and homewares provide. My grandmother, Mona was a velvet lover and frequently bought me velvet skirts, dresses and pedal pushers to wear when I was in primary school. She also decorated her home living room with the most gorgeous teal green velvet curtains which I now regret not keeping.
I have embraced the sumptouness of velvet with a range of cushions available in a lumber and standard size. The Velvet Lumber Cushions are available in the jewel tones of blue, pink and green and are made here in Dayboro, Queensland from Velvet sourced from the USA and embellished with a classic gold and ivory greek key trim made in Turkey. These statement cushions are perfect to adorn armchairs, sofas and beds.
Also in velvet is the Velvet Leopard cushion, again made here in Dayboro, Queensland from a high end designer fabric made in the USA. This cushion is the empitome of elegance and luxury and is perfectly paired with many decor styles. Remember to treat leopard print as a neutral!