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How the Leopard got his Spots Velvet


We collaborated with printmaker Alexis Snell, to create ‘How the Leopard got his Spots’ velvet. 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. 

Delivery Time

Fabric will be dispatched 2-5 days from placing your order.

Please contact us if you have any special requirements and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Product Information

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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