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How the Leopard got his Spots Velvet

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Design Notes

As featured in Elle Decoration, Homes and Gardens and Real Homes magazines.

We collaborated with printmaker Alexis Snell, to create ‘How the Leopard got his Spots’ velvet which is now also available as ready made cushions and lampshades.

Alexis works with linocuts, creating strange, angular characters that look as if they’ve just emerged from a fairytale. To authentically recreate the handmade effect of the original design we’ve chosen to keep the irregularity in the print, and a closer look will reveal 18 slightly different leopards climbing through the jungle.

“I like things that are a bit dark and strange and I'm always drawn to a good story. A flea market, a late night drunken conversation, an old advert or a matchbox might get me thinking about a new idea. I love working in lino. I once heard someone say there is no room for hesitation or apology in lino cutting and I think that the fact you have to be brave and just go for it appeals to me." - Alexis Snell

Designed to inject a maximalist dose of creative pandemonium into your interior, this rich velvet can be used for upholstery, curtains or blinds. 

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

Product Details
Collection: Alexis Snell 
Design Name: How the Leopard got His Spots
Design scale: Large
Width: 137cm
Vertical Pattern repeat: 64.6cm
Horizontal pattern repeat: 68.6cm
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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On receipt, please check that the fabric/wallpaper delivered is what you had ordered.
We are confident you will be delighted with your purchase. However, if for any reason you are not completely satisfied we are happy to offer a refund on all goods returned to us within 28 days from dispatch, provided they are in the original packaging (where applicable), unused and in a re-saleable condition. To arrange a return please contact us at or call 0113 4503639.

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