Velvet has long been the fabric of choice for traditional challah covers, since the plush look of dark velvet lends a stately look to your Shabbat table. Typically the more expensive challah covers are made of higher quality velvet and employ superior embroidery work, and may be further embellished with decorative elements that add a unique sparkle.

In recent years many manufacturers of traditional velvet challah covers have begun offering them in small, medium and large. The medium size is the most common, but a larger size might be right for those who would like a very impressive challah cover on their table, or who simply serve two very large challahs.

Identical or similar designs are also made on pristine white brocade fabric. Often these incorporate shades of off-white and cream as well.

Leather challah cover

Leather, faux leather and suede challah covers typically feature simple, elegant designs with blocks of color. They have been gaining traction among those looking for a sturdy, wipe-clean, affordable option with designs characterized by simple elegance.

Leather challah cover vs. faux leather challah cover

PU leather, or polyurethane leather, is a type of artificial leather made out of thermoplastic polymer often used for manufacturing shoes or furniture. Since it is 100% artificial it's considered vegan. There are also some types of PU leather known as bicast leather that have genuine leather (using the fibrous part of cowhide leftover from making genuine leather) covered with a polyurethane coating.

Advantages of faux leather challah covers:

– Costs less because it is easier to manufacture
– Easy to clean, water-resistant
Vegan
Variety of colors and styles
Doesn’t dry out over time

Advantages of a genuine leather challah covers:

Looks genuine
No chemical smell
Lasts longer than real leather
More durable
Develops luster or patina over time