Decoding Restoration Hardware’s Fabrics

The Restoration Hardware in Houston [Highland on Westheimer]

The image folks is the Restoration Hardware in Highland Houston…gasp! I had such an amazing time perusing this behemoth shop. I’ve always adored Restoration Hardware and knew about their biggest shop so far that’s pretty much in my driving route but haven’t yet had the chance to check it out. A few weeks back I finally did and bought a chair. I spent about…oh, 30 minutes deciding on the fabric so I thought I’ll help you decode or make choosing your fabric options a little easier.


I’m not really decoding it but even though Restoration Hardware’s fabric are solid {no patterns}, it still comes in 6 distinct fabrics that can totally change the feel of the furniture and the room. You’ll be amazed how fabric can change the feel of a space.


1. Belgian Linen

Belgium has long been known to make the finest linen in the world. With this fabric, you can expect durability, comfort and richness. They will be amazing for Traditional and French Country Spaces.

2. Brushed Belgian Linen Cotton

Too many words in one phrase but basically, this fabric is a mix of flax and cotton. So a mix of something elegant and something laid back which really equals to relaxed sophistication.

3. Vintage Velvet

So, I’m not really sure if they got me by the word vintage or the word velvet. Two of my favorite words in a phrase! Richness, drama, allure is what you’ll expect if you decide on this fabric. Perfect for intimate settings with gorgeous lighting. This is the most pricey of the bunch.

4. Army Duck

This is basically canvas, so it’s very rugged. The weave is really, really tight that if you get it in a dark hue, it looks like linen from afar. Of course, the texture is rougher than Belgian Linen. Sleek, non-traditional spaces would be your best bet in suing this fabric.

5. Perennials Textured and Classic Linen Weave

This is not necessarily pure linen and can be a combination of cotton, hemp and other non-flax fibers weaved in a criss-cross pattern. I would choose this for outdoor upholstered furnishings or just any furnishing that you would expect more wear and tear.

It’s hard to go wrong with any of their fabric as far as durability. If you go in the store…ask an associate for the fabric ring and touch those fabrics to see which one speaks to you! I bought this chair by the way which is in transit as of right now. I can’t wait! They look more gorgeous in real life. They have a sale going on…I’m actually in love with this chair too, I want a pair. It’s amazingly affordable!


1920’s Georgian Wingback Chair

Β I do have a thing for chairs and I just can’t shake it off….

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23 thoughts on “Decoding Restoration Hardware’s Fabrics

  1. Melissa Arman on said:

    Thank you so very much for your detailed descriptions of the rh fabrics. i don’t have time to wait for samples and can totally make my decision confidently based upon your suggestions. an excellent resource you are. thanks again!

  2. Robin Brown on said:

    My husband and I are thinking of buying the Chesterfield Deconstructed sofa. We have doGs are trying to figure out the best color and faric that wont show dirt and wear. I like the navy color in thE perEnnial Classic linen weave or perennial textured linen weave. What do you think? Thanks for your time, Robin

  3. So happy I came across your site. I am looking to purchase dining table and chairs for my kitchen. I do not have small children (youngest is 19) so kid messes are not an issue but life still happens. I love the vintage velvet or maybe the brushed BELGIUM linen for the Adele chairs (mostly fabric chair) but concerned about cleaning it when somethings spills — think tomato sauce.

    any thoughts? Thanks

    • Hi Joan! I apologize for the late reply.

      I am partial to the vintage velvet — I have a velvet sofa & Have a toddler πŸ™‚ get it in a dark hue & you should be fine — just no food fights.

      thanks for stopping by the blog!

  4. Anonymous on said:

    I am looking to purchase dinning chair cushions for my existing table set . I wamt to match my RH cushioNs That came Stocked in Perennials Textured Linen Weave – sand. RH Had some for $155 but Thats toopricey for me. Is the a sunbrella that is close in color ?

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  6. Krista on said:

    Hello! I just web-shopped the rh sofas and i like what i see very much! My issue is not kids but cats. Do you think the army duck would be resistant to claws (and hair would be a miracle)? I have two reclining sofas now in microfiber and i am amazed at how well it holds up. Truly, if rh came in mf i’d buy it in a heartbeat.

  7. Julie on said:

    Hi, I wonder if you can direct me to which cushion type I should choose. I have a lot of traffic and purchased the Belgian slope arm With a benchseat in down. It looked like a bedroom in my den. So messy. Then sent it back for foam coRes in a double cushion. Way less messy but ! To my surprise , the cores are almost flat and you can see right where our butt goes. The company has agreed to trade them, but I just don’t know which way to turn. I am going to switch frOm Belgian linen to one of the perennials for strength and stability. But which cushion type. Thanks, Julie

    • Anonymous on said:

      I have the belgian linen slope arm in sand and a 2 yr old. lets just say that it lasted 2 years. I was able to get away with spot cleaning but eventually had to wash it and the cushion slipcover shrunk about 2 inches. And of course my 2 yr old last spring took a red marker to the back of it. I recently brought it to the cleaners and they said even if they are able to remove the stains the entire slipcover would most definitely shink 2-3″. I spoke to a rh store rep and he recommended the perennial fabric, he said it is much easier to clean with small children… hope this helps.

  8. dee sehgal on said:

    I am looking at the maxwell line of sofas, but would like for info on the perennial linen fabric that is usUally for outdoors, can it be used in doors and is it stain resistant like they say?? Restoration hardware tells me you can spill coffee, wine etc. and it wipes away very easily, is that true? Not sure between leather or this sturdy fabric have young kids 5 and 9.
    Thanks lOoking forward to your feedback

    • Hi Dee! Thank u for your inquiry. I do think they can be used indoors as well although it won’t be as soft as velvets or linen for example — it would have a coarser & more casual feel rather than comfy & cozy. They should be pretty stain resistant although just like anything else, spills should be cleaned immediately; I think no matter how resistant a fabric is, if a spill stays there too long or it’s too big; it won’t be removed fairly easy or may still leave a stain. Restoration has really good products so I don’t think u can go wrong. For your kids, have u looked at “Army duck”? Also, I must say, RH associates are thoroughly helpful. They usually have somebody that can help you with design so just ask for their design associate. I hope that helps & ask me more q’s if there’s any πŸ™‚

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  10. This is a great guide totheir fabrics…thx.

    I was just at Restoration Hardware this morning drooling over the Vintage Velvet drape. Even with the 30% off, though, it was more than I wanted to spend on six of them…..they DID have a lot of great discounts, though, and I finally purchased their Zinc wall letters for my son’s room.

    I started to venture over to the hardware but my screaming baby didn’t care if it was on sale….so that will wait until another day….but I did just want to sit and relax in their “living room” display all day long…………

    The Houston store looks amazing………

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