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  • How the Leopard got his Spots Velvet

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    Inject a maximalist dose of creative pandemonium into your interior, this rich velvet is suitable for upholstery, curtains, cushions and blinds.

    Design Notes

    It's time to enter the exotic world of 'How The Leopard Got His Spots'. Vibrant yellow leopards leap from tree to tree among tropical flowers and lush foliage in this luscious velvet created in collaboration with lino cut artist Alexis Snell.

    Each of the 18 characterful leopards featured in the fabric is unique thanks to the handprinted design which is made using traditional lino blocks. These distinctive imperfections add to the beauty of the fabric, resulting in a highly luxurious velvet representing the antithesis of picture-perfect digital designs.

    "I wanted to create a design that would be fun, but also timeless," says artist and illustrator Alexis Snell, whose work is often inspired by the natural world. "I wanted the fabric to look like it had always been there – like something you could picture in a hotel in Singapore in the 1940s."

    Alexis Snell's mother and grandmother grew up in India and Burma, so her childhood was filled with exotic stories of monkeys, crocodiles and leopards. "Those stories were a massive influence on me, so I came up with the idea of a dark forest at night, featuring a hot colour palette to express an exotic world set against the night sky. I still have my granny's kitchen table and her crystal vases. I love the thought of heirloom pieces being passed down through the family. So I hope people will create something long lasting with my fabric and cherish it for many years to come."

    As featured in Elle Decoration and Homes & Gardens magazines, 'How The Leopard Got His Spots' can be used for curtains, blinds, cushions and upholstery. This rich jungle velvet works well alongside other vibrant patterns for a maximalist, colour-clash look, or it can be used to add instant character to a more pared-back scheme.

    Product Details

    Collection: Alexis Snell
    Design Name: How the Leopard got His Spots
    Design scale: Large
    Width: 137cm (54")
    Vertical Pattern repeat: 64.6cm (25.4")
    Horizontal pattern repeat: 68.6cm (27")
    Match: Straight Match
    Composition: 88% cotton 12% polyester, 100% cotton pile
    FR Test: Passes cigarette test BS5852, source 0. Fire retardant coating available on request.
    Weight: 416gsm
    Martindale Abrasion: 30 000 cycles to end point. Suitable for severe domestic or general contract use.
    Usage: Cushions, curtains, upholstery
    Care Instructions: Suitable for dry cleaning, cool iron

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    Sourcing & Sustainability

    Printed by Standfast and Barracks in Lancashire, England, UK.

    Standfast and Barracks are a SEDEX certified supplier (enabling businesses to work together to better manage their social and environmental performance and improve working conditions throughout the supply chain). They have signed up to the Design for Diversity Pledge to increase diversity in the design industry.

    Fabric is printed with water based inks

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    Customer Reviews

    Based on 4 reviews
    Beautiful, high quality fabric

    We had a pair of curtains made in this gorgeous material and are delighted with them. The fabric is excellent quality and the pattern is, of course, beautiful. Really good customer service, too.

    Ali Wright
    Needle Rock and the Leopards!

    Hi! Ali here, from Needle Rock Upholstery - a creative and bespoke upholsterer in west Wales. I am always on the lookout for new fabrics; I like bold, bright and quirky – and this is exactly what I got with ‘How the leopard got his spots!’ This fabric is great to work with, quality is excellent, and the colours are vibrant.

    The fabric delivery was as expected, and the unwrapping was rather ceremonial 😊. Under the outer packaging, my roll of prized fabric was carefully rolled in reusable brown paper, a Monkey Puzzle Tree sticker sticking the two-ends together; with a hand-written message on the delivery note, and the entire package was lovingly tied together with a beautiful ribbon. I so enjoyed opening this package of fabric!

    So far, I have used it on a large reclaimed armchair, teamed with other colours and textures of fabrics all made exclusively in the UK. Once complete, this set will comprise of two armchairs and a large three-seater sofa; and will be available for sale on the Needle Rock website .

    I look forward to shopping at the Monkey Puzzle Tree again very soon. Thanks Charlotte for a great product, and fantastic customer service!
    Ali x

    Heather Linnitt
    Beautiful fabric to work with!

    I'm Manchester based upholsterer Heather of Eclectic Chair, and I used this velvet to reupholster a chaise longue and an occasional chair. It's a lovely quality and weight of velvet and the colours are vibrant. Unlike a plain velvet it does not show Mark's which is a huge bonus. Highly recommended for upholstery use.

    Beth Miller
    Beautiful fabric - perfect for a roman blind for our home office

    This fabric is so striking and beautiful, we just had to find a place for it in our home! It's a tactile velvet with a bold pattern which means we've been able to add some luxury (as well as fun!) to our home office. Charlotte was incredibly helpful and the fabric came beautifully wrapped when it was delivered. We'd definitely recommend, and wish we could find another spot for this fantastic fabric.