This section is from the "A Complete Dictionary of Dry Goods" book, by George S. Cole. Also available from Amazon: A complete dictionary of dry goods and history of silk, cotton, linen, wool and other fibrous substances,: Including a full explanation of the modern processes ... together with various useful tables.
Armure Or Royal Armure. [French for "armor"] The word is suggestive of the style of weaving. In feudal times an armor was worn by men made of small metal plates and lapping over one another like fish scales, so as to be flexible with every movement of the body. The weave of armure silk dress fabric is an imitation of this armor, the surface ridge of the pattern always forming a small diamond or other angled figure. There is also Satin Armure and Armure Bosphore, this latter being reversible. Royal Armure is heavier than ordinary dress silk; the widths vary from 22 to 24 inches.