Tell Me More About Cotton Duck Canvas

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Cotton duck, also called duck cloth, duck, or duck canvas, is a popular type of textile used in a wide range of industries from art and apparel to boating and camping. This incredibly strong textile is so durable, one of the toughest types of tape in the world—the original duck tape, was made from cotton duck. Plain, white, and tightly woven, cotton duck (from the Dutch word, doek which means “linen canvas”), highlights 10 grades ranging from one (the lightest) to 10 (the heaviest).


When primed, pure cotton duck canvas is ideal for oil and acrylic paints. However, primed canvas can be expensive. Fortunately, cotton duck canvas is available for purchase either primed or unprimed. Besides price, some artists prefer to purchase raw (unprimed) cotton duck canvas for ultimate control over stretching and priming. Others prefer it simply for convenience, as raw canvas rolls are super portable and lightweight.


Though more expensive than unprimed, primed cotton duck canvas can help save time, which is a plus for many artists. In the end, whether primed or unprimed, cotton duck canvas can help any artist produce a vibrant painting that’s sure to stand the test of time. Just think, the cotton duck used in the art world is the same as the fabric used for awnings, bags, boat covers, linings, tarps, upholstery, and other items that call for durability and longevity. That’s some guarantee, huh?


If you truly want the highest quality cotton duck canvas, don’t settle for less. Go to to browse our extensive collection of Fredrix Canvas Rolls—primed and unprimed. The choice is yours. Visit today!