In earlier times only royalty and nobility could afford to own garments of velvet. It requires more yarns to create and a number of extra steps in the process, which adds to the expense of velvet. As the nobility knew and we can still see today some of the richest colors can be produced when dying velvet. It has only been in this century that velvet has become affordable to the masses. The industrial revolution brought with it the chance for the common person to experience luxury that was for centuries reserved for royalty and the rich. A Soft Texture and a Rich Appearance. Velvet May Be Plain, Or The Pile May Be Flattened, Embossed, Crushed, Or Sculptured. To Crush velvet the fabric must be mechanically twisted while wet. AFlags Connections uses only the finest crushed velvet as the background in our flag cases, awards display cases, and sword cases. Velveteen: A Woven Fabric Generally Of Cotton or A Cotton Blend With A Short, Dense Pile Resembling Velvet. Velveteen Differs From Velvet In That It Is Usually Made With Cotton, It Generally Has A Shorter Pile And It Is A Filling Pile Fabric Whereas Velvet Is A Warp Pile Fabric. Flags Connections DOES NOT use velveteen, felt, or other inferior materials in our flag case, awards display case, and sword case products.