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Baize or Felt? A Guide to Buying Wisely

Green Baize Fabric

Baize or Felt? A Guide to Buying Wisely

We feel passionately that consumers should be given clear and accurate information about products and it frustrates us that members of the public are regularly being sold ‘quality baize’ when they’re actually buying a fabric which is inferior and in most cases, not even baize. So, we’ve compiled this brief guide to help you shop wisely for your baize.

We at Simon Lucas Bridge Supplies have been making top-quality baize table cloths for bridge for over quarter of a century, so we consider ourselves to be experts on fabrics for card tables and cardplay. There is a lot of confusion about the difference between baize and felt, not only amongst consumers but also retailers. This isn’t surprising when you search online and find many suppliers describing felt as baize, or a fabric as ‘baize felt’, ‘felt baize’ or even felt/baize as if the two fabrics are the same. They’re not!

It’s important to know whether you’re buying baize or felt, because the two fabrics are very different. Felt is a lightweight fabric made from matted fibres of either wool or a synthetic. Being matted rather than held together in a tight weave, the fibres easily fluff up or ‘pill’ if rubbed. On the other hand, baize is a strong, dense and hard-wearing fabric made from woven strands of wool. If you look closely at baize, you’ll see it has a warp and a weft. It it’s top-quality, such as the fabric we use to make our baize bridge cloths, it doesn’t pill and it will look great and last for many years. There really is no comparison between felt and the far superior baize.

Having said that baize is better than felt, baizes can differ wildly in quality too. We’ve seen baize produced in the Far East which was a woven fabric but it was very thin and had a loose weave. We ran tests on this fabric and found that it lost a lot of fibres quite quickly and was poor quality.

As a rule of thumb, good quality baize is not a cheap fabric. If you find a supplier selling cheap baize, ask yourself:

  • Is this baize or felt?
  • If it’s baize, is it good quality?
  • Do I trust this supplier to know the difference between baize and felt, and to know the different qualities of baize?

If you need baize for your upholstery, sewing or craft project, you can Purchase Baize From Us. We sell it off the roll (by the metre) and pre-cut squares in a variety of stock colours. We can also get in other colours for you if you’re looking for something specific – drop us a line and we’d be happy to help!

One Comment Post a comment
  1. Susan allen #

    Please explain what type of glue needed o attach baize to an antique game table

    October 24, 2016

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