Words can travel through space, east-west, from ancient times to modern, from language to language. One of those tripping words in velvet. Before reaching Great Britain, there was Old Occitan veluet in the south of France. Previously, it was known as villus in Latin by Romans. This word comes from Proto-Indo-European *h₂welh₁- “hair, wool”, the ancestor of the words English wool, Russian волна (volna), and Spanish lana.