Bedford Cord was originally made with wool yarns and called Cord Broadcloth, and was woven in Britain as early as the 14th century by Flemish weavers. In the late 15th century it was used by the Duke of Bedford in uniforms for his troops, and from this time it became known as Bedford Cord.
Our cotton Bedford Cord was woven in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire, in the 1980’s and is not produced anymore, so is the last of its kind. Beford cord is a variety of corduroy, of which the name originates from the French, Cor Du Roi, as the cloth was widely used in the 17th and 18th centuries for servant uniforms in the royal households of France. Extensively woven in Lancashire and Yorkshire throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, sadly UK production has now ceased, with the last mill closing in the 1980’s. In many European countries, corduroy is still called Manchester, after the largest city in region, from whence corduroy was traded and moved by canal around the UK, or to coastal export towns like Liverpool, and the world beyond.
An excellent fabric for upholstery, with a utilitarian feel; while also giving a smart appearance due to its striped ribs. The firm handle would make it an interesting choice for curtains, giving a sculptural drape. Also very suitable for blinds, and interior accessories such as scatter cushions.
This fabric is not preshrunk so please expect a little shrinkage when washed. We recommend a cold wash and warm iron on the reverse side.
- Name: Bedford Cord
- Colour: Khaki
- Composition: 100% cotton
- Total fabric width: 77cm
- Useable fabric width: 75cm
- Repeat size: n/a
- Minimum order: 2 metres for retail customers, 3 metres for trade customers
- Available in increments of: 10cm