It all began with objects getting covered in animal hide or some kind of woven cloth.
This developed into a cloth covered in plastic, after that it became known as vinyl.
As a result we have compiled this brief outline on the history and development of vinyl Upholstery materials over time.
Common Upholstery Vinyl has many names, however they all refer to the same thing.
Some of these include, Faux Leather, Synthetic Leather, Fake Leather, PU Leather, Imitation Leather, and possibly many more.
The First Vinyl
DuPont were the first company to market a product called Fabrikoid.
Fabrikoid was widely used in upholstery, luggage, as well as book bindings during the early 20th century. In the 1920s, Fabrikoid became the preferred material for automobile convertible tops and seat covers.
By the 1940s, more durable vinyl-coated fabrics overtook the market.
True Vinyl- Polyvinyl Chloride
PVC’s relative non-flammability, durability, insulation properties, and resistance to humidity and various chemicals were practical reasons for use in the consumer market.
As a pioneer manufacturer, company Uniroyal began making Naugahyde, a faux leather that became the emblem of the 1950s.
Top end designers used it, even chairs in the United Nations building in New York, it was everywhere.
By the mid 1960s Uniroyal, the manufactures of Naugahyde had numerous look alike competitors. In the mean time, Imitators were challenging one of the original manufacturers.
To this day Vinyl production still has many low cost imitations. As a result these low grade imitations break down prematurely.
This vinyl information has been gathered from many years sourcing the best products available.
As with any supply, environmental factors play a big part, this has implications that span a considerable period.
The frustration caused by this can be annoying and costly but like anything specialised the best option is to ask an expert.