A closely woven fabric of silk, cotton, or nylon, that has a thick short pile on one side, velvet's unusual softness and the high cost of its production has associated it with royalty. At least until the modern era, when it became cheap to produce and considered somewhat tacky.

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Rotary Demisphere (Precision Optics)

Marcel Duchamp, 1925
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