Selecting and ordering schemes

How many swatch schemes can I order?

As many as you would like, the minimum is one swatch scheme.

Can I mix and match my textile selections from different schemes?

We ship complete swatch schemes to you, not individual swatches. However, when you receive your selections you can mix and match as you desire within a scheme or from different schemes.

Are swatch sets returnable once I’m done looking at them?

Swatch sets are not returnable. We hope they are a valuable and inspired tool!

Is there a minimum order of fabrics or wallpapers?

Depending on suppliers' policies, there is a 2 yard minimum order for fabrics and an 8 yard minimum for wallpapers. You can buy just enough fabric for a couple toss pillows or sufficient materials to decorate whole house.

How much do the textiles and wall coverings cost by the yard?

The fabrics we select are from the very best mills in the world. These are the same materials used by top designers coveted by shelter magazines. The upholstery and drapery textiles are priced from $100 to $300 per yard, the average being about $165. Wall coverings cost between $50 to $125 per yard, the average being about $60.

Will I get credited for the cost of the sample schemes towards my order?

For the schemes you ordered, we offer a credit of up to $350 towards your first purchase of $3000 or more in fabrics, wall coverings or furniture orders.

Why does The Textilium Project only feature all-natural fibers in textiles?

We believe synthetic materials are only appropriate for outdoor use, particularly solution-dyed acrylics that are currently very popular for their stain resistant properties. However, these fibers are petroleum based and off-gas. Have you ever been knocked over by the nasty odor when you open a new box of sneakers? This is off-gassing. With today’s tight energy-efficient homes these gases become trapped inside more easily. We feel this is not a risk worth taking for you and your family.

Synthetics don’t biodegrade and are harmful to the environment.

There is nothing like the touch, feel and look of carefully crafted all-natural textiles.

Where is The Textilium Project available?

We ship to anywhere in the continental US.

Does The Textilium Project produce or design the textiles featured?

No, we are a design firm that edits the finest interior textiles. We pull our selections from the world's top international mills to create our fabric schemes.

Does The Textilium Project keep stock of the textiles?

We don’t keep stock or inventory. Our selected fabrics and wall coverings are sourced from many different international mills. The stock there is fluid so at any given time inventory can be depleted. Sometimes textiles are discontinued by a vendor, if that happens before an order is placed we will substitute with another similar option.

Is there a warranty on textiles and wallpapers?

Yes, we warrant for damages and defects. Once the furniture crafter, drapery workroom or wallpaper installer receives them, it is their responsibility to notify us of any issue with the material within 10 days of receipt.

We do not warranty against staining, wear and tear or natural variations that occur in finely made materials. In fact, those subtle variations are what help make the materials unique and special.

Can I return my fabric or wallpaper after the order has been placed?

Fabrics and wallpaper cannot be returned or cancelled once they are ordered. The only exception is if the material arrives damaged or defective to the furniture crafter, drapery workroom or wallpaper installer. Then we will take the necessary steps to replace the order.

Applying my textile selections to furniture, windows and walls

What does COM mean?

COM stands for “Client’s Own Material", meaning that you provide your own hand-picked fabrics to your furniture manufacturer or showroom, rather than being limited to their in-house textile collections. This is how the top designers work and gives you the opportunity to put together unique room schemes using many different textile suppliers.

How do I select furniture crafters, wallpaper installers and drapery workrooms to apply my textiles?

We offer a listing of our favorite workrooms and installers across the country.

For upholstered furniture, we also propose a selection of our favorite sofas, sectionals, lounge chairs, daybeds and accent seating for sale.

We make the purchase on your behalf and handle arrangements for shipping your selections to your designated local mover.

You never pay more than the retail price for the furniture and all the logistics are included in the price!

Can I use a vendor not listed on your “favorite” furniture crafters, window treatment workrooms and wallpaper installers” for my Textilium selections?

Yes, absolutely. As long as they take COM and regularly handle high-end level textiles.

If any damages occur during fabrication to the textiles, then it is the responsibility of the workroom or installer to replace as needed.

How do I know how many yards to order?

The furniture crafters, window treatment workrooms and wallpaper installers will specify the necessary yardage.

Depending on the design and overall dimensions, etc., typical requirements for upholstered furniture are:

  • 8’ sofa, 20 to 24 yards of 54” wide material
  • Medium-size lounge chair, 7 to 9 yards of 54” wide material
  • 2 Medium-size toss pillows, 2 yards of 54” wide material

Yardage for drapery fabrics and wallpapers are size and design dependent.

How do I make sure my sample matches a dye lot?

We will send you an actual 'cutting for approval' or CFA, this is a small piece of fabric that is cut from the actual yardage you are ordering. Once you approve it, we will process your order and ship it to your designated furniture, crafter or installer.

How do my fabric or wallpaper selections get to furniture crafters, drapery workrooms and wallpaper installers?

We handle the logistics of shipping your textile selections to the furniture crafters, drapery workrooms and wallpaper installers of your choice.

Just give us a few simple details and we handle the rest.

How much is it to ship textiles and wallcoverings?

Shipping will be quoted once we have a “ship to address” and know the necessary yardage. Payment is due prior to shipping the textiles.

What should I expect for delivery times?

This is not a quick plug and play process. The Textilium Project enables you to have the same tools top designers use to create your personal space. The vendors we work with are artisan level and producing high-quality products often requires time. However, with our vetting and editing process we save you tremendous amounts of time up front.

Our shipping time from textile supplier to your selected furniture crafter, window treatment workroom or wallpaper installer is approximately 2 weeks from approved order. This will vary depending on where the stock is housed.

For furniture crafters and drapery workrooms we usually allow 18 to 22 weeks for fabrication upon receipt of textiles. Of course, this varies depending on each company, their workload, etc.

What about toss pillows?

If the furniture crafter doesn’t make individual toss pillows, we can produce them for you through our local workroom.

We have several preset sizes for you to choose from. For sofas and sectionals, we like to mix and match sizes a bit to make them look more casual. Click on our 'toss pillows' tab for more ideas.

Textile specifics and glossary

Are wallpaper seams supposed to match?

No, we use materials that are intended not to match. The wall coverings we favor resemble panels where the horizontal weaves show off the natural beauty of the fibers.

Do velvets tend to leave marks?

Yes, velvets have a cut pile and will show marks over time. We feel this is part of the beauty of the material. All-cotton velvets show marks a bit more and linen velvets less so.

Do fabrics change in color depending on which way they are turned?

Some fabrics do, depending on their weave direction. Velvets tend to have the most color and saturation change. So when you look at the textiles in person it is important to look at them in different lighting conditions.

Which textiles aren’t appropriate for upholstery?

Lightweight drapery materials we have designated for window treatments are not appropriate for upholstery.

  • All silk and silk blends we show on pillows are also not appropriate for upholstery.
  • Any questions about this feel free to reach out to us.
Will striped materials work on tufted upholstery?

We recommend not using them on tufted furniture. It can be very difficult to make the lines look straight.

Is some of upholstered furniture “slipcovered?”

Yes, a few pieces come as slip covered, which means the fabric is loose and not permanently attached to the furniture. This has a more casual look and looks less tailored than fully upholstered items.

Is there a durability rating system for textiles?

Yes, many textile companies, but not all, test their materials for abrasion. These are called rub tests. The higher the number the more durable the material is. The two most commonly used testing standards are Wyzenbeek and Martindale.

For Wyzenbeek:

  • 9000-15,000 medium use
  • 15,000-30,000 heavy use
  • Above 30,000 maximum use

For Martindale:

  • 10,000-15,000 private use
  • 25,000-35,000 office use
  • Above 30,000 public transportation
Do some upholstery fabrics need backing?

Occasionally if a fabric has a looser weave some upholstery shops require what is called a backing. This is a separate piece of material that is fused behind the upholstery fabric and adds extra durability. If this is needed we will reach out to our backing specialist to get a quote.

Do draperies always have linings?

Most have linings. However, some sheer or lightweight materials can also be used unlined for a softer, more casual look. You can discuss these options with your drapery workroom.

What does railroading fabrics mean?

Depending on the weave or pattern you might want to run your fabrics horizontal instead of vertical. Running horizontal is referred to as “railroading.” This is a matter of your personal style preference. This can also have to do with where you would like the seams to line up on your upholstery, wallpaper or window treatment designs.

What are fabric repeats?

There are both vertical and horizontal repeats for both striped and patterned fabrics. The larger the pattern the larger the repeat is. Larger repeats require more yardage than smaller repeats and solid fabrics. This is so the workshop can line up the materials in a visually strategic way.

What is a fabric double width?

Typically, 54” width is standard for fabrics, however sometimes they are much wider. These are called double widths. Many times, drapery sheers come in this width to minimize seams. Thus, the price per yard increases due to the larger net quantity of material.

How are wallpaper rolls and yardage calculated?

Typically, widths of wallpapers are 36”. The lengths of materials are sold simply by the yard or roll. Sometimes they are sold in “bolts” which is a longer double roll. Your wallpaper installer will know how to calculate what you need by the wall dimensions of your room.

How do I care for and clean all-natural fiber textiles?

We would recommend only using a professional cleaning services that specializes in high-end materials. Only spot clean when there is a stain or soiling. Never clean on a regular basis as you would with clothing. Too much regular cleaning will tend to shorten textiles’ longevity. Reputable companies will test clean or treat a small sample swatch to see if their product could cause any discoloration or damage to your materials.

  • You can treat all-natural fibers with stain-resistant applications by a high-end professional cleaner as mentioned above.
  • Use a lint roller or very soft brush and freshen up as needed.
  • For leather use a soft cloth to wipe down.
  • For seat cushions and toss pillows you should rotate or flip to fluff up to even out the fill as needed. This will help loosen up any dust or debris in the weave of the fabrics.
  • Never use water, liquids or a damp cloth on any of your fine textiles.

If you would like a referral to a cleaning service feel free to contact us.

Additional services

If I need overall design services beyond what Textilium offers such as furniture plans, architectural interior elevations, sourcing all other items that make up a room or a home, what do I do?

The Textilium Project’s founder, Frank Roop, is an internationally acclaimed, Boston-based designer, particularly renowned for his use of color and materials. Feel free to browse
and contact us about your project needs.