Some mornings it's not worth chewing through the straps.

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11 Responses:

  1. NelC says:

    What are we looking at, here? I am weak, I need context.

    • Chas. Owens says:

      It appears to be a padded cell that has seen better days.

      • Sheilagh says:

        Do they usually use velvet on padded ceilings? That pale green stuff on the right of the image seems to be velvet that's seen better days.

        • Laura Rubin says:

          That's shadow. You can tell because it continues, with a break for depth, into the metal piece under the insulation.
          What you're seeing that appears to be a velvet nap is actually the wear pattern that results when you pull or strain synthetic duck-type (basket weave, or at least multiple-fiber per strand in the warp and weft) fabric. The light catches on the synthetic fibers and makes it appear satiny, which can also look like velvet. (Satin is in fact when you have long weft threads that jump over multiple warp threads, so the effect is similar.) This looks a little like nylon, but could also be fiberglass or kevlar. Based on the fact that it's torn though, I'm going to go with nylon, which was not very smart of someone - clearly.

  2. bud says:

    Looks like industrial insulation over corrigated metal. Also looks like it wasn't blown properly and then the covering deteriorated.

  3. I'm going to guess that it's the insulation on an HVAC duct, chewed away by some rodent.

  4. Chris says:

    Given the headline I'm guessing a tour that included a long-disused padded cell.

  5. Ro botDog says:

    Newton J Tharp. City Architect. Google for interesting facts.....yada, yada, etc.