The name "charmeuse" (French: [ʃaʁmøz]) comes from the French for feminine charm. It is a luxurious fabric with a satin sheen that can be made of various materials, from which the noblest one is silk. It traces back to Ancient China where it was known as the "fabric of the emperors" for its beauty and inaccessibility.
The charmeuse fabric does not refer to a type of material as Mulberry silk does but to a particular way of weaving. It is lightweight, draped, and very smooth to the touch due to being woven with a satin weave in which the warp threads cross over four or more of the backing threads.
Products made of charmeuse silk are of better quality and more durable than those made of habotai or satin silk and are considered one of the finest in the world.