The term gimp refers to a narrow decorative trim or braiding made of silk, cotton, or synthetic materials. It is typically used to cover upholstery tacks or staples and to add a decorative accent to furniture edges, seams, or borders. Gimp is often slightly raised or padded, enhancing the overall aesthetic appeal of furniture upholstery. Narrow flat tape, ornamental, used as a trimming or finnish on upholstery and drapery. Also Guimpe.