Non-woven fabrics have been around for centuries, with evidence of their use in ancient cultures such as Egypt, where they were made from flax fibers. However, the modern non-woven fabrics used in home textiles have their roots in the early 20th century.
The first commercial production of non-woven fabrics was in the United States in the 1930s, where they were initially used for industrial and medical applications. During World War II, non-woven fabrics were used in a variety of military applications, including filters and surgical dressings.
It wasn't until the 1960s that non-woven fabrics began to be used in home textiles. DuPont, a major chemical company, developed a process called spunbonding, which produced a lightweight, durable fabric that was ideal for home applications such as furniture upholstery, bedding, and draperies. Other companies soon followed suit, and non-woven fabrics became a popular alternative to traditional woven fabrics in the home textile industry.
Today, non-woven fabrics are used in a wide variety of home textile applications, including bedding, window treatments, and upholstery.