Since 1902

Charles Edward Gerken and John R. Galpin became partners and founded Galpin & Gerken, an upholstery company specializing in repairing and reupholstering furniture. The company was located on Washington Street in Toledo, Ohio.


Some fabrics in our line have unique characteristics

Some fabrics in our line have unique characteristics that should realized when an order is placed. The label on our fabric swatches may give this information or refer you to the catalog. When you locate the fabric number, refer to the Characteristic/Availability column for the number that corresponds to the characteristic described below.

1 Sofas and loveseats with a single back or seat cushion must be seamed since the usable overall length or width on conventional roll goods is 54”.

2 Natural cotton seed particles may appear.

3 Velvets and other pile fabrics will exhibit random crushing and shading.*

4 This fabric has been brushed for softness. A slight napped effect may be evident.

5 This authentic denim fabric has been dyed with natural pigments. As with jeans, some fading, color loss, and color transfer may occur with use.

6 This fabric has been washed to provide a relaxed, loose, and casual “slipcovered” appearance.

7 The puckered or wrinkled effect seen here is created by a seersucker weaving technique and is not a defect.

8 The puckered or quilted appearance of this fabric is a result of a matelasse or double cloth weaving technique and is not a defect.

9 This 100% cotton twill has been dyed using natural pigments and has been washed and brushed for extra softness.

10 This fabric is woven with subtle irregularities that appear as knots or heavier yarns and are considered characteristic of the cloth.

11 This 100% cotton fabric has been washed for extra softness and a casual relaxed effect.

12 This thicker, heavy fabric will not upholster well on a style with detailing.

13 This fabric is created using a printed warp, which means that colors will be repeated at random through out the pattern.

16 This item involves special charges. Please consult Ordering Information to properly price the product.

17 This item is a loosely constructed decorative trim and should not be used on seat cushions. Fringe trims can only be used on pillows.

18 This fabric has been piece- or vat- dyed. Some color variations will occur as a result of the process.

19 This fine velvet, comprised of 100% acrylic yarn, is woven to replicate the classic look of mohair wool. As with any velvet, crushing and shading will occur, and are to be considered normal characteristics of velvet. This fabric can be brushed to minimize such marks, but steam should never be used on any acrylic velvet.*

20 This fabric is made from 100% natural silk, hand crafted on manual weaving machines. Knots, slubs, and other weaving irregularities are the hallmark of natural silk woven by a traditional method, and are not to be considered as defects, but rather as proof of genuine silk created by artisans using time-honored techniques.



21 This fabric is restricted to use on accent or throw pillows only. Because it has been designed with only pillow applications in mind, it is not covered by the normal fabric warranty.

22 This luxurious, authentic velvet is made of 100% cotton. New, and more so with use, it will exhibit marking, shading, and crushing, which are natural and desirable characteristics of all authentic pure cotton velvets, and not to be considered as defects.*

23 The appeal of wool-blend fabric is the fine hand and significant pile. Like other high pile fabrics with natural fibers, it may exhibit shade variations and some random crushing. Just like a fine wool coat or rug, this shading can be minimized by a light brushing with a soft brush.

24 The appeal of this fabric comes from the slubby weave of thick, natural cotton fibers. As a part of this natural construction, there can be show-through of the white
threads that make up the warps. This is not considered a flaw and is actually a natural and desirable characteristic of these popular fabrics.

25 Due to the tight weave of this fabric, a minimal amount of puckering will occur with most seams. The yarns of this fabric are oriented in very tight layers that cannot shift easily to compensate for the thread as it is inserted in the seam. This causes these tight yarns in the fabric to draw up giving a rippled appearance along the seam line. This is usually more of a problem when seams are sewn in the warp direction than in the weft (filling) or bias directions.

26 This is a Random cover. To match this cover, please contact Special Applications.

27 Color Contrast Between Warp & Fill Yarns - Styles without welt will show the light or dark base yarn in the seam. This will depend on which color yarn is on the face, and which color yarn is on the back. This is a characteristic of this type of fabric and not a flaw.

28 Welts cut on bias if contrasting welt only.

29 Welts always cut on bias.

30 A contrast welt is recommended with this cover.

31 This unique fabric is restricted to use on certain ottoman styles, accent chairs and throw pillows. Because it has been designed with these limited applications in mind,
it is not covered by the normal fabric warranty.

32 This fabric is unique in its construction due its delicate raised embroidery. It is recommended that use of this fabric be for decorative purposes only because of the possibility of yarns that could unravel or get snagged. Because it has been designed with limited applications in mind, it is not covered by the normal fabric warranty.

33 Printed fabrics on natural fibers can show small light areas of base cloth color due to normal detachment of fibers & loose slubs. Thus should not be considered a flaw and is actually a natural characteristic of this type of fabrics.

34 Due to construction/weave of this fabric, back pillows and seat cushions must be cut and sewn with breather panels on bottom to allow air to escape. With added breather panels, the back pillows and seat cushions will not be able to be flipped.

* Velvet is a beautiful yet durable product. When made up on upholstery, it will get its unique appearance after some time due to its ability to recover with the natural humidity in the atmosphere. Pressure marks, rolling stripes and smaller irregularities should disappear in a ventilated and relative humid environment.

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