There’s just something about velvet furniture. Its alluring, touchable quality evokes a luxurious, regal ambiance in any space. Reupholster a vintage piece in the smooth, high-end fabric and watch your furniture transform from every day to irresistible. Athena Calderone did this when she covered an antique bench in her Brooklyn bedroom in a rusty red hue that perfectly complements the wrought-iron base. With this much charm, it’s little wonder this treasured textile has been a mainstay of fashion design and home décor since the 13th century.