What are textiles?
Not all textiles are fabric, however, all fabric is a form of textile.
Textiles are flexible materials consisting of a network of artificial or natural fibers. Textile yarn is produced by spinning raw fibres of flax, hemp, wool, cotton, or other materials to produce long strands. Textiles are formed by knitting, knotting, crocheting, tatting, weaving, braiding or felting.
Textiles have so many uses that textiles are more often categorized by the industries that use them than by the materials that form them. For example, geotextiles are a permeable fabric that filters, separates, protects, reinforces, or drains soil. Geotextiles are often used to improve soil on building and development sites. These textiles have various types of material like non-woven, warp-knitted, and open-mesh textiles. Medical bandages and dressings are classified as healthcare textiles or medical textiles. They have been used throughout history for hygiene and first-aid. Textiles used in agriculture, the automotive industry and other specialized fields are distinct in their categorization. The use of the textiles varies wildly even when they have similar components.
Every textile is made from textile fiber. Examples of textile fibers include thread, yarn, rayon, chemical fiber short-hair silk, elastic silk, natural silk and metal wire. Once the fibers are processed together via weaving, knitting etc they are considered to be true textiles and are then used to create multitudes of manufactured goods and fabrics. Textiles comprise knitted or woven materials used in any way.
Here at SpeedPro we use printed textiles for many purposes. We pride ourselves on our ability to print anything on anything. As textiles are one of the fundamental building blocks of fabric and fabric is used in a dizzying amount of our products we want to assure you that we understand the uses and limits of textiles.
Some unique ideas for using printed textiles include use in wall murals. Textile wall coverings can highlight as major mural or accent features. Textiles really shine in places like the bedroom and when complimenting similar-fabric furniture. When considering interior design decisions wall panels can include cork, suede, upholstery, grasscloth, bamboo, brick, masonry, acoustic felt and much, much more. In the business world, consider incorporating textiles into signs for a pop-out textured look.
One of the greatest benefits of glass finishes for exterior windows or walls is added privacy from applied glass designs. Even though all-glass buildings are popular, so too is the tradition of covering up glass with blinds and shades. Curtains and blinds add a down home touch to commercial spaces. SpeedPro printed textile blinds can complete the look of your business and help you brand every aspect of the customer experience.
Interesting Light Features using Textiles
Managing event space lighting is the best way to create a specific mood. Choose bright lighting for high energy events. Choose dim lighting for more intimate affairs. If your venue is generally a “low light” location–such as a club or bar– consider adding some interesting textile lighting fixtures to personalize the space. Never neglect to consider the power of proper lighting. Industry research tells us that warm lighting attracts and retains more visitors to a room or storefront. Introducing dramatic light installation, such as an LED spot or detachable and adjustable textile light fixtures, to your point-of-purchase stands have been shown to increase the average sale per customer by up to 1.93 percent. SpeedPro suggests you add some accent lights to the perimeter of the room featuring the colors of your company logo or shine a spotlight on key focal points. Unique lighting made to order such as lightboxes, also known as custom backlit graphics, are available upon request to create an aesthetic with a modern edge that is undeniably sophisticated.
Texture of textiles
In our modern age, so much effort is placed on creating digital environments to the point where many people lack a tangible element that connects them with brands. Using textiles in your store decor can help establish a tactile experience and thereby create lasting meaningful memories.
The applied use of textiles can help transform any space into a full sensory experience. Combined with architectural design, artwork and visual graphics play a huge role for brands committed to encouraging a fully sensory engagement between the brand and the retail space. Textile wall coverings are an ideal solution. Textiles such as felt are very popular. When applied to a wall, it helps environmental graphics take on something akin to a three-dimensional feel and there is also an acoustic component. For companies that use open office layouts, felt panels can be crafted into a variety of shapes and sizes that reduce sound levels in addition to adding a visual aesthetic to the business environment.
Swing by any of our SpeedPro national locations to check out the variety of textiles we have available to craft whatever your heart desires. Our experienced and professional staff are eager to interact and answer questions to help you design a fully integrated space.