Velvets have for centuries been used to represent royalty. From upholstery to garments to animal decorations, every aspect of clothing and decor incorporated velvet, though it was not always noticed or recognised. Objects such as powder flasks too were lined with velvet. Velvet became such an integral part of royal lifestyle, it may be seen as one of the most iconic of luxury items.
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