Tufted furniture was popular in the 1800's - originally used to secure cushions to the backs of upholstered furniture. Now, tufting is used as a major visual element in a room, highlighting fabrics as it casts shadows in the tufts. On velvet, tufting looks soft and billowy, shimmery on metallics and rich on leather. Whatever the color, texture or pattern - Tufting. Is. Hot!