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  • Rita does Jazz velvet

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    Luxurious velvet which brings energy to both neutral and maximalist interiors.

    Suitable for curtains, blinds and upholstery.

    Design Notes

    Inspired by her late mother, artist Sarah Thornton created 'Rita Does Jazz' as a riotous depiction of freedom, colour and self-expression. A bon viveur with a huge appetite for life, Sarah's mum loved nothing better than a night out at legendary London jazz club, Ronnie Scott's. With this in mind, Sarah sketched out a vibrant, rhythmical pattern using a mix of black marker pens, water colour and wax crayons.

    This graffiti-like abstract painting reflects a wild and hedonistic world with black tribal markings and feathers sitting alongside vivid pinks, reds, yellows and turquoise.

    We worked with Sarah to transpose 'Rita Does Jazz' onto a luxurious, heavyweight cotton velvet. This vibrant fabric drapes beautifully when used for curtains or blinds or it's equally at home when used as upholstery for chairs, sofas or banquettes. Use it to make a dramatic statement in a pared back interior or go full maximalist and combine it with other patterns and bright, life-affirming colours.

    Product Details

    Collection: Sarah Thornton
    Design Name: Rita does Jazz
    Design scale: Large
    Width: 137cm (54")
    Vertical Pattern repeat: 120.95cm (47.64")
    Horizontal pattern repeat: 132.8cm (52")
    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: 50 000 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

    Delivery & Returns

    We aim to dispatch orders within 3-4 working days.

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    UK Delivery
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    Delivery to Australia, New Zealand, Japan and China
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    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 90 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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    Customer Reviews

    Based on 4 reviews
    Diana Murray Interiors
    Statement velvet

    This is a beautiful velvet, soft to the touch and a gorgeous design. I made four cushions backed with a contrast complementary plain. The cushions add a welcome splash of colour to the otherwise plain room scheme and are a unique statement feature.

    Rachel Halliburton
    Beautiful Velvet

    I ordered 1.5m of Rita Does Jazz for a reupholstery project on a pretty average chair. It's such a striking design the chair is no longer average! Lovely soft fabric with a gorgeous pattern, need to finish off the cushion to go with it now...

    Heather Linnitt
    A stunning velvet design!

    I'm Manchester based upholsterer Heather of Eclectic Chair and I was commissioned to reupholster a mid century armchair in this amazing eye popping velvet. The fabric is a superb quality cotton velvet and the colours really pop, in particular the shocking pink. The design works equally well on small pieces such as bags, cushions and dining chair seats, as it does one big scale such as curtains or a chaise longue. It really is a work of art and adds a real impact and edge to a room scheme. Highly recommended for soft furnishings and upholstery.

    mary plumb
    rita does jazz- our new curtains

    i'm so pleased with our new curtains. the rita does jazz fabric was quite a gamble as we knew it would dominate our living room ,but ,following charlotte's advice on greyish/ neutral / lightish colours for walls and furnishings, it has worked out brilliantly. the fabric looks great both with the curtains closed in the evening, making the room feel cheerful, lively, and cosy....and with the cutains open in the daytime ,forming a beautiful colourful frame to our patio doors.

    the curtains hang beautfully from the oak curtain rods, and look great and feel great to the touch.

    it really does feel like having an artwork on the wall- there is more and more to see in it ,and it draws you in to look at it differently at different times. very enjoyable.