Both specific airflow resistance and air permeability can be used as a parameter to estimate the sound absorption of textiles. The measurement of specific airflow resistance is specified in ISO 9053 (Int. Standards Org., 1991), but it is known to be inaccurate for low specific airflow resistance. This paper compares the measured specific airflow resistance according to ISO 9053 and those calculated from air permeability according to ISO 9237 (Int. Standards Org., 1995). The sound absorption coefficients predicted by Pieren's model [R. Pieren, Textile Res. J. 82(9), 864–874 (2012)] are compared with measurements by the impedance tube method, which concludes that those predicted from the air permeability are more accurate than those from the measured specific airflow resistance for textiles.