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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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