Textile Terms Explained: Terry, Candlewick & Popcorn Chenille August 25, 2014 16:11

From the one with the bumps to the towel-like weave, we’ve heard them all it when it comes to folks describing the Bates Terry Collection. We’re happy to take this opportunity to share the many terms there are in the textile world to describe this very special weave. We choose to use Terry as our foremost descriptor, but the terms “candlewick” or “popcorn chenille” also describe the same weave. Please note that I’ll use them interchangeably in the description below.

A bedspread featured in our Terry Collection is characterized by the loops that are pulled upward from the fabric weave that create the featured pattern. If you were to run your hand across a candlewick bedspread you would feel the soft loops. This type of weave is a good insulator by the nature of its construction so it’s perfect for woven products like bedspreads.

Please refer to the photos below to see the difference between between our matelassé and candlewick bedspreads:

 

   

Examples from Left to Right: Photo (1) - Terry Weave, Photo (2) - Matelassé Weave, Photo (3) - Terry Weave, Photo (4) - Matelassé Weave

Today, our weavers use jacquard looms (invented in France in the 18th century) to weave our terry bedspreads. In fact, we are the only company in the US weaving this unique style.

Bates Bedspreads featured in the Terry Collection are: