FAQ

What is the difference between vintage and antique?

The term Vintage in the fabric world is used to describe any fabric item between 20 and 99 years old which is clearly representative of the era in which it was produced. Vintage fabric can be described as dead stock, never been used (NBU), manufactured, or handmade. 

The term Antique is any work of art, piece of furniture, decorative object or fabric, created or produced in a former period, or, according to U.S. customs laws, 100 years before date of purchase.

 

What is bark cloth?

"Barkcloth" or "Bark Cloth" is a versatile material that was once common in Asia, Africa, Indonesia, and the Pacific. It is made by beating sodden strips of the fibrous inner bark of these trees into sheets, which are then finished into a variety of items. 

Presently, barkcloth is a soft, thick, slightly textured fabric, so named because it has a rough surface that which looks like that of tree bark. This barkcloth is usually made of densely woven cotton fibers. Historically, the fabric has been used in home furnishings, such as curtains, drapery, upholstery, and slipcovers. 

It is often associated with 1940s-through-1960s home fashions, particularly in tropical, abstract, "atomic" and "boomerang" prints, the last two themes being expressed by images of atoms with whirling neutrons, and by the boomerang shape which was very popular in mid-century cocktail tables and fabrics. Waverly, a famed design house for textiles and wall coverings between 1923 and 2007, called their version of this fabric, rhino cloth, possibly for the rough, nubbly surface. 

American barkcloth shot through with gold Lurex threads was called Las Vegas cloth, and contained as much as 65% rayon as well, making it a softer, more flowing fabric than the stiffer all-cotton rhino cloth or standard barkcloth.

Reference from Wikipedia

What is Rayon?

Rayon is a natural-based material that is made from the cellulose of wood pulp or cotton. This natural base gives it many of the characteristics—low cost, diversity, and comfort—that have led to its popularity and success. Today, rayon is considered to be one of the most versatile and economical man-made fibers available. It has been called "the laboratory's first gift to the loom"
 
By the 1950s, most of the rayon produced was being used in industrial and home furnishing products rather than in apparel, because regular rayon (also called viscose rayon) fibers were too weak compared to other fibers to be used in apparel. Then, in 1955, manufacturers began to produce a new type of rayon—high-wet-modulus rayon—which was somewhat stronger and which could be used successfully in sheets, towels, and apparel. The advent of HWM rayon (also called modified rayon) is considered the most important development in rayon production since its invention in the 1880s.
 
Reference:  Wikipedia
Where did paisley originate?

Resembling a twisted teardrop, the kidney-shaped paisley is Iranian and Indian in origin, but its western name derives from the town of Paisley, in central Scotland. Local manufacturers in Marseilles began to mass-produce the patterns via early textile printing processes at 1640. England, circa 1670, and Holland, in 1678, soon followed. This, in turn, provided Europe's weavers with more competition than they could bear, and the production and import of printed paisley was forbidden in France by royal decree from 1686 to 1759. However, enforcement near the end of that period was lax, and France had its own printed textile manufacturing industry in place as early at 1746 in some locales. 


How many inches are in a meter?

1 inch = 0.0254 meters

1 inch = 2.54 centimeters

1 yard = 0.9144 meters
 

What services do you provide?

We are a full service house which offers  upholstery, drapery and soft good services. Soft goods include bedding, pillows, table cloths, napkins, and shower curtains.  

Do you have quilting fabric?

Our quilting fabric originates from 1920's to 1992.  It is made of 100% chintz, prairie, and feed sack cottons.

 

Do you carry designer fabric?

We carry vintage Waverly, Happily Married, Spectrum, Grandma Moses, Clarence House, Brunschwig & Fils, Boussac, Fortuni, Kirk Brummel, Eames, Marimekko, Vera, and many more manufacturer’s.  We slso can provide fabric from the Trade.

What is the difference between reproduction, reissue and retro?

Reproduction is when a manufacturer buys the rights to a vintage print and reproduces it on current griege.

Reissue of fabric can be reused, through restoration and/or renewal of its original design credentials. When a furniture manufacturer reissues one of their vintage furniture designs, then the original fabricator will reissue original fabric for the furniture represented of the era in which it was produced . Some examples of 20th century reissued fabric designers are Jack Lenor Larsen, Saarinen, Eames, Girard, Hoffman, etc.

Retro is fabric created by fabric designer's today who are inspired by designs of the past.

 

What makes Urban Burp so special?

The Urban Burp collection of unique fabrics is hand picked by the owner, Electra Skilandat. The selection you see represents this unparalleled collection between 20's and 1992 and reflects primarily her favorite era of 50's and 60's fabric design. Her second favorite being Art Deco.

Urban Burp in the 21st century has the ability to influence and inspire the fabric designers and manufacturer’s today. To bring back elements of design, texture and color in fabrics we loved as children. UB has encouraged older generations to come back to the sewing world and new generations to be inspired to get involved and try it. Furniture and fabrics were created with longevity in mind.  Urban Burp gives a new purpose to the superior craftsmanship of vintage furniture, the quality of vat dyes and hand printing of vintage fabric that can only be found in the designer world today. Urban Burp encourages the recycling and use of this furniture by reupholstering, with its vintage fabric. The legacy is rekindled, rejuvenated and ready to live thru and enjoy to the next generation for another 40 to 50 years!  That is exciting to us.