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Fire-protection standards of flame retardant textiles

Upholstery fabrics:

ÖNORM B3825 ( Austrian Norm)

Test method:

The test fabric is placed on a simulated chair. A flame is applied to it. The ignition time, afterflame time, and afterglow time are recorded.


The test material is classified ‘schwer brennbar’, ‘normal brennbar’ or ‘leicht brennbar’, according to the observed characteristics: no ignition -> schwer brennbar; after flame time maximal 10 seconds; after glow time maximal 60 seconds; no flaming of the upholstery; flame spread time < 3,6 mm/second -> normal brennbar; upholstery burns, but self-extinguishes; other cases -> leicht brennbar.

EN 1021 Part 1 + 2

Test Method: a standard test rig is constructed from fabric and foam to form a simulated chair with the back at a right angle to the base. This enables the ignition source to be kept in permanent contact with both back and seat throughout the test. Watersoak prior to testing is compulsary.

EN 1021 : Part 1

In Part 1 of the test a lighted cigarette is placed in the angle of the test rig and left to smoulder along its entire length. After 60 minutes no smouldering or flaming of the fabric should be observed.

EN 1021 : Part 2

Here a butane flame 35 mm in height is used to represent a burning match and is applied for 15 seconds, again in the angle between the test rig base and back. After the flame is removed, no burning of the fabric should occur after 2 minutes have elapsed.


Curtain Fabrics:

EN 13773

European norm: Curtains and Drapes
The fabric is exposed to a constant, approximately 5 cm high flame, at first one, then two, then three up to 20 seconds. The afterflame on the fabric may never last longer than 5 seconds and the flames may not exceed a specified height. Dripping according to the old Austria norm is automatically tested at the same time. Smoldering is only required for Austria and is tested separately.

Overview of our pictos

Read here about what textiles “can do” and how these technical quality characteristics are defined!


AF Other Fibres, CA Acetate, CO Cotton, CV Viscose, JU Jute, LI Linen, MAC Modacrylic,
NY Nylon, PA Polyamide, PAN Polyacrylic, PES Polyester, PES FR Polyester FR*,
PES TREV.CS Polyester Trevira CS, PO Polyolefin, PO FR Polyolefin FR*, PP Polypropylene,
PP FR Polypropylene FR*, PU Polyurethane, PVC Polyvinyl Chloride, RA Ramie, SE Silk,
WV Virgin Wool

*FR = Flame Retardant

Care Instructions

For an explanation of the care instruction symbols and general information about gentle cleaning please see the following document:

Cleaning and caring for textiles is easy!

We will show you how uncomplicated it is to clean upholstery fabrics and artificial leather, get to the bottom of stain removal and explain the international textile care symbols in detail.

Quality Definitions

The following item definitions mean:
A = upholstery fabrics, flame retardant
C = (8000) flame retardant, matte curtain fabrics
E = flame retardant curtain-fabrics
F = flame retardant curtain-fabrics
H = (8000) flame resistant coated blackouts (darkening 100%)
M = upholstery fabrics, not flame retardant 0–999, over 1000 flame retardant
S = (8000) flame retardant dimouts
V = curtain fabrics and sheers, not flame retardant 3000, 5000, 6000
V = flame retardant curtain fabrics and sheers 2000 + 7000 + 9000 consecutively
X = flame retardant sheers
Z = flame retardant items, delivery time approximately 14 days