The Flintstones had it easy. When all your furniture is made of rock, you never have to worry about food spills or the pet dinosaur leaving a calling card on the couch.
While few of us would be willing to trade our plush upholstery for a granite sofa, you can still get an interior that’s fairly bulletproof if you choose the right fabric. “Technology has really helped a lot,” says Lesli Ann Cone, a designer and fabric rep who owns A & D Studios in Washington. Today’s engineered textiles look increasingly like their natural counterparts, Cone says, but can withstand wear and tear much better. And many natural fabrics are nearly as durable. It all depends on what you choose.
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