Jacquard fabrics

Jacquard fabric what is it? What does jacquard mean?

With us you will receive the definition and an explanation of the jacquard fabric. Jacquard is a special weaving technique on a specially developed weaving machine, on which the pattern was generated with punch cards and harness threads in the early days of this textile technique (around 1805). The type of weaving and the loom make jacquard qualities a unique textile design product.

Who or what is Jacquard? A jacquard fabric named after the French weaver Joseph-Marie Jacquard or the jacquard fabric / the jacquard fabric is created through a very high-quality and complex weave in the weaving mill. A fabric itself consists of two thread systems that are woven perpendicular to each other. In the longitudinal direction these are the warp threads and in the transverse direction these are the so-called weft threads. A woven pattern is created by the raising and lowering of various warp threads, through which the weft thread is inserted in the weaving process. Basically, two types of tissue formation can be distinguished here:

  1. shaft fabric
  2. Jacquard fabric

When it comes to shaft fabric, there is a limitation in the pattern of the fabric because the warp threads are always grouped together and the number of shafts on a weaving machine is limited for technical reasons. Dobby fabrics are therefore available on the market with light patterns such as stripes or checks and as plain fabrics.

How is jacquard fabric made?

Jacquard makes it possible to lift each warp thread individually under computer control, creating very complex and elegant patterns. The warp threads are lifted by harness threads. Each warp thread is assigned to an individual harness thread and guided through the strand containing thread on the harness.

You can always recognize jacquard fabrics by their very elaborate patterns or by the negative image of the pattern on the back. A few decades later, patterning devices for knitting and knitting machines were also constructed based on the Jacquard principle.

Which jacquard fabrics are there?

What is a jacquard tapestry fabric? What is Cotton Jacquard Fabric?

Special surfaces such as velvet, chenille and velor are created through the use of special yarn qualities, weaving technology or in the final finish through an appropriate finishing technique. We also offer jacquard woven fabrics made from various high-quality fiber materials such as linen, cotton, viscose, wool or polyester.

What is a jacquard pattern? Various pattern techniques can be implemented with jacquard weaving. You can find some important patterns of the jacquard technique below:


Ornament means: “decorate, adorn, arrange, equip” and stands for a mostly repeating, often abstract or abstracted pattern with a symbolic function in itself. Each ornament differs significantly from the background pattern and is often differentiated by color or elevation.


Brocade means: “to work through”. Brocade is generally understood to be a heavy, solid and patterned textile fabric made of silk or rayon into which gold or silver threads are woven (gold or silver brocade). However, the term originally stood for a brocaded or lanced fabric in which the additional decorative weft thread is made of a different material than the basic weft.


Gobelin can be traced back to a hand-weaving tapestry technique used by the Gobelin family. The jacquard fabric uses a basic and binding warp and multiple weft systems. In warp tapestry the pattern is formed by colored warp threads, in weft tapestry by colored weft threads.


The paisley pattern is a development from the stylized plant pattern seen on Indian shawls of the 17th and 18th centuries. The Scottish town of Paisley produced cashmere scarves with this pattern in the 19th century and thus became synonymous with Paisley design.

The abstract pattern consists of a leaf with a curved end. The pointed end bends back in towards the inside of the leaf. There are often additional patterns such as points, waves and/or other smaller paisley patterns incorporated into the sheet and around the edges. Paisley patterns often consist of many different colors.

Herringbone pattern

The herringbone pattern or herringbone pattern (herringbone for short) is a textile pattern and is reminiscent of herringbones placed several times next to each other. The tissue patterning is created by using the broken body. Within the pattern repeat of a twill weave, the direction of the ridge is changed, usually within the indentation of the warp, and offset by a binding point (twill rearrangement).

In our range you will find a wide variety of styles. We offer jacquard fabrics for everyday use in the kitchen, dining room, bedroom, living room and children's room. Our range of furnishing styles is very extensive and ranges from retro, vintage, shabby chic, minimalism, African and modern to the popular country house style. We offer rustic brocade or tapestry jacquard fabrics that can have a unique feel and look. The right style of fabric is available for every sewing and furnishing enthusiast.

Our jacquard fabrics harmonize perfectly with various fabrics, for example with a high-quality plain fabric from our range. Thanks to our unique range design, there is the right fabric for every type of furnishing. We offer unusual ornamental patterns, antique patterns, checks, floral patterns, oriental patterns or combinations of dots and patchwork design elements for the harmonious harmony of your interior. Our floral patterns in an ornamental arrangement add a touch of romance for a certain classic chic.

Jacquard fabrics in modern and classic colors

It's all about the right combination of colors. Which color goes best with your furniture in the living room, dining room or bedroom? Should it be soft pastel tones in pink, yellow or green? Are you looking for a colorful eye-catcher that will draw the eye in the room to your self-designed sewing project? A fine mix of complementary colors such as blue and yellow or red and green are also important elements in interior design. Or could it be one of the very popular colors for jacquard fabrics such as gold, petrol, cream or gray.

With us you will find a selection of different combinations that we have ready for you. It is important to choose the right balance of different colors and to integrate your sewn product appropriately into the environment

What can I make from jacquard fabrics?

You can sew jacquard fabrics into high-quality home textiles such as eyelet scarves, throw curtains, tablecloths, towels, tea towels, throws, blankets, curtains, bed linen, curtains or pillows.

But jacquard fabrics are also used for high-quality fashion such as skirts, dresses or coats, which are popular items of clothing.

Where to buy jacquard fabric?

Rauffibrill offers you selected and highest-quality fabric qualities sold by the meter from traditional jacquard weaving mills in Austria, Italy, England or Germany. Our partners and we rely on the best jacquard qualities made from the highest quality materials and offer you a select selection of great fabrics in wonderful colors.

Our range includes many heavy but also light jacquard fabric qualities that you can buy in our online shop. We offer jacquard fabrics made from special natural materials or unusual designs, but also durable upholstery fabrics in plain or colorful woven for the design of your interior. We have a variety of modern patterns and also classic designs in stock for you in high-quality yard goods. Our jacquard fabrics are real all-rounders that impress with their resilience, are wonderfully decorative and can be used in many areas.

In addition to being used in upholstery work, jacquard fabric can also be sewn in multiple layers with any conventional household sewing machine and its durable feel makes it ideal for sewing beginners and of course also for professionals. Take a look through our comprehensive range. The price of our fabric by the meter refers to 1 meter, the width of our jacquard fabrics varies depending on the product (the fabric width is approximately 140 cm). The fabric is delivered in one piece. You're sure to find the right design for your next DIY project.

Let our unique qualities convince you.