US company Nassimi unveils liquid-barrier textile
March 23, 2021 - United States Of America
Nassimi, an innovator in premium faux leather, has developed Supreen, a new performance fabric using cutting-edge woven and coated technology. The result is a unique liquid-barrier textile with a soft hand that offers impressive upholstery options. Supreen tackles the spills and stains without compromising high-end design, sustainability, or materiality.
The new fabric represents an evolution of performance fabrics, offering manufacturers and designers the durability they need with the aesthetic they seek. The fabric has been named after a combination of the words “supple” and “preen.”
Breaking new ground, the composite material is constructed of a proprietary silicone blend that is virtually impermeable to any liquid, reactively repelling liquids and preventing future stains. No matter the length of time from the original spill, Supreen resists liquid permeability, ensuring that stains do not soak through the fabric or compromise the furniture. A testament to texture and breathability allows Supreen a greater range of upholstery possibilities, where stiffer, more traditional performance fabrics may waver.
“Supreen is a pioneer of performance materials,” states Iwan Nassimi, executive vice president of Nassimi. "Designed to provide the utmost performance, Supreen exceeds industry standards and expectations. With an impermeable liquid barrier, stain resistance, bleach cleanability and impressive breathability, we are thrilled to introduce Supreen and look forward to seeing how designers and manufacturers leverage its innovation in contract environments and beyond."
Supreen utilises a multi-step production method. After the polyester fabric is woven to the highest performance specifications and dyed to the desired hue, it is then purified in a proprietary, patented process that ionically removes over 99 per cent of all contaminants. The fabric is then immersed into a novel silicone solution that permanently embeds a thin layer into the fibres without altering appearance or texture, thanks to the patented purification process. Lastly, a performance polyurethane backing is thermo-bonded to the fabric, sans adhesives or solvents, creating a new, composite material, and completing the process.
Along with its remarkable performance capabilities, Supreen retains the luxurious softness of a woven fabric with the integrated durability of a coated textile. This material innovation ensures that Supreen surpasses contract grade upholstery standards and is suitable for many design options. Supreen is both environmentally friendly and bleach cleanable. Free of fluorocarbons, Supreen prioritises environmental and personal health, as its silicone composition is PFC- and PFOA-free. Supreen is also HHI and Prop 65 compliant.
The Supreen Winter 2021 Collection includes a textural weave with subtle dimension, a touchably soft, delicately heathered design, and a small-scale geometric pattern with dynamic texture. More innovative patterns will be added to the collection in the coming months.