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What is Butter Pile®?

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First Things First — What is Pile Lining?

The term Pile refers to the raised surface of a fabric that is characterized by vertical continuous loops. These loops of fabric stand upright from the base, making the surface more three-dimensional than many other surface fabrics to touch. 

This three-dimensional feel makes Pile a soft and comforting fabric that invites touch and generates warmth whilst it simultaneously assists in retaining body heat.

Pile is seen and felt in a variety of fabrics – carpets, velvet and corduroy, just to name a few – but can be woven differently for different textures and effects, depending on the purpose of the overall product.

This type of lining, besides just looking and feeling cozy, traps heat efficiently. You see it in jackets, but pile lining is also often used to line moccasins or other types of house shoes. One of the common options there, that you may own already, is the classic pile-lined hardsole moccasin. You know the one — with rawhide laces and usually made of faux suede or sheepskin. You might’ve had the pile-lined softsole ones. Either way, if you’ve ever had a pair of those, you’ve utilized pile lining.

“High” or “low” Pile are terms generally used in association with the vertical height of the loops – high pile carpets, for example, are taller but also looser, like a shaggy rug. High pile loops often create a cozy and warm touch with a visibly fluffy look. Low pile, however, is comprised of shorter and therefore tighter loops. With these low loops, the pile is easier to clean and often comes with an even, smooth surface that looks visually more subdued. 

Our beloved Free Country Butter Pile® is a super soft, medium-length pile material that feels so soft it’s like…butter!

As a result of its medium-length composition, our Butter Pile® perfectly toggles comfort and coziness with subtle aesthetics and easy-to-clean features. In fact, most of our Butter Pile® products are entirely machine washable, which makes them easy to wear and even easier to clean!

Found in a variety of Free Country products — from women’s winter jackets as a lining, to dog jackets, to gloves, to blankets for the kids — our Butter Pile® is so cozy and comforting that it’s a personal favorite to many of our customers!

Butter Pile® is perfect for colder months, or as an effective and reliable additional layer when the weather unexpectedly turns between seasons! Still on the fence? Check out our product reviews and see for yourself! 

Plus, if you’re traveling between multiple temperatures or enjoying a winter getaway, many of our exclusive Butter Pile® products are easy to pack! Pile-lined jackets aren’t always easy to pack, but Butter Pile® is easy to store and keeps you warm all season long.

Thanks to our Butter Pile® fabric, you can get outside and stay inside in equal comfort, all year round!

Is this warmth solution on your wishlist now? Can’t wait to get your hands on your own Butter Pile® piece?  Click here to explore our extensive range and see all the things our customers love about our Butter Pile® products!