So, just to close my own post, for anyone in Europe looking for cheap black velvet. I received the samples from FABRICLAND (UK). You can check the prices at their website.Need black velvet - NOT FROM THE US
I've been looking at some velvet from this UK store called Fabric Land. They have
"Velvet cotton fabric", which is 100% cotton
"Velvet fabric triple woven black", which is 100% polyester
Unfortunately, the photos of the material aren't convincing. The one of the cotton isn't bad, but the polyester one doesn't allow to see clearly how the material reacts to light. In theory, I would expect cotton velvet to reflect less than polyester velvet, but it also depends on the density of the fibers. The velvet I have now is supposedly 100% cotton, and it looks dark enough for me. I know that there is much darker, but I can neither afford it or find it in Europe, and the US stores like iFabric don't send here for some reason.
With 31 meters I could cover my whole room and the price would be reasonable, but I really can't get an idea of how good this velvet is in regard to light absorption. I would appreciate some insight from those of you who can easily tell about the quality of velvet. Thanks.
So, the left one is their "cotton" black velvet, the middle one is their "triple woven black" velvet, and the right one is my old cotton velvet. I've placed the 3 at the least reflective angle. Excuse me for the cellphone photos. Fabricland's "cotton" velvet is the least dark, it almost looks like a dark gray suede. Fabricland's "triple woven black" is actually a bit darker than my cotton velvet, although it's made of polyester, and it keeps about the same amount of reflectivity no matter the angle of rotation; on the negative side, it's not opaque (as shown on the last photo). I wonder if this would make any difference, considering that, onced the velvet was installed, light would bounce off the screen, go through the velvet, then go through it again after bouncing off the walls. I mean, although it's not opaque, it still looks darker when laid on a white surface. Generally speaking, the quality of either velvet is not great, but the triple woven doesn't seem to drop nearly any particles.
What do you think?