Parallel Cord

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Parallel Cord is a flat cord, consisting of cloth-covered SPT-1, also called zip-cord. (Even if it looks round in the photographs, it is NOT ROUND.) We think, based on the antiques on which we have found original wire, that this style of wire was introduced in the late 1920s or early 1930s. We now make it in bright, modern colors and patterns. It is suitable for table and floor lamps, but less pleasing on pendant or hanging lights due to the fact that it is flat. This wire is UL-listed.

Like all our cloth-covered wire, Parallel Cord is electrical wire braided with fabric, either cotton or rayon yarn or thread. Originally we made the wire for lighting restorations of antiques and vintage lighting using styles, colors, and patterns we matched to cords we found on antiques and installed in Edison’s lab.

But we soon realized that the reason for using cloth-covered wire is not just for an old-fashioned look, but to make any pendant lighting, table lamp, floor lamp, or fan more beautiful. Cloth-covered wire, it's not just for antiques any more!

Now, everyone uses it, interior decorators, film set decorators, antiques restorers, DIY enthusiasts, lighting designers and manufacturers, and people who just want their lighting to look the best it can. We do the braiding at our own plant and buy the wire and fabric from American companies making US-made product. That is why we say our wire is American-made from the copper to the braid.

Parallel Cord comes in many colors, custom-dyed cotton and a variety of rayon shades, and patterns.

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