Madras : Madras is an upholstery fabric ideal for upholstering armchairs and chairs.


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  • 1 Origin
  • 2 Composition
  • 3 Characteristic colors
  • 4 Features
  • 5 Variants
  • 6 Sources


As the name suggests, they originate from the Indian city of the same name and were introduced to Europe by members of the British Raj, that is, the British colonial administration of the Viceroyalty of India. It is a type of brightly colored striped cotton fabric forming squares.

The British discovered it during the colonial period, using it to cope with the heat in a certain style, and spread Madras globally.

Large paintings, in a diversity of colors and luminosity, made Madras a type of painting design, rather than a fabric in itself. So in this way, even without using the genuine fiber, these types of paintings are called Madras.

It is a very light 100% cotton fabric, the creation of these characteristic paintings are produced by the combination of the dyes with the water of the region, in a unique result that cannot be reproduced elsewhere.

The way to know if it is authentic is to check that the design is the same on both sides of the fabric.

The basic is produced by weaving cotton already dyed to achieve a pattern with different squares.

Starting in the 1960s, patchwork became popular, which is made by sewing strips of 4 to 6 different types of squares to make the fabric.

You can find madras, in shirts, pants, ties, pocket squares, shorts and even in shoes.

As a last recommendation when you use this type of tables, it is convenient to combine it with solid colors, in the rest of the garments.


Polyester and Cotton

Characteristic colors

Raw, Natural, Beige, Corn, Green, Sealing, Brick, Chocolate, Cigar, Black, Aero, Linen, Red, Sea


It is an ottoman (ribbed fabric) but more rustic, opaque with an important color chart suitable for curtains, cushion covers, chair covers, coverings, padding, bandeaux and cantonier.


Smooth and with shallow fantasies.


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