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.
Velour. A French term signifying velvet, being derived from Latin villosus, shaggy. Among old English writers, and in the entries made in the lists of the royal wardrobes of England, the terms velure and velures are found, as well as vallonettes, mentioned by Chaucer. At this time the fabric was a species of linen plush. At present, velour denotes a cotton curtain fabric, woven with a coarse stiff pile on the terry cloth principle, alike on both sides, and dyed in solid colors.