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The Descartes

Oh so sophisticated, with deep tufting and smart buttons
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Crushed Florentine velvet: need we say more? Well why not. It is woven in what we consider to be Italy's best velvet mill, just outside Florence. This velvet is luxurious, has a wonderful crushed texture and is phenomenally hard wearing and durable,
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  • Cloud crushed florentine velvet

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The world of velvet has many impostors, but this is not one. This velvet, made from 100% cotton, has a matt finish, and is soft and luxurious. Elsewhere this fabric costs about £52 per metre (you usually need 16 metres of fabric for a three seat sofa) so if you've got a penchant for velvet (like us) there's really no sane alternative to buying a sofa.com velvet sofa.
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  • elephant pure cotton matt velvet

  • olive pure cotton matt velvet

  • Donkey pure cotton matt velvet

  • claret pure cotton matt velvet

  • sunshine pure cotton matt velvet

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Teddy Roosevelt - nice cuddly soft teddy bears - yes, the name is a bit tenuous and silly, but you get the message - this exceptionally deep pile, decadent velvet is comforting like a mother's warm embrace...or perhaps your old teddy. Not for everybody, we accept, this blingtastic fabric is our most expensive - it would cost well in excess of £120 retail, but we buy in considerable bulk to make it affordable.
  • Hudson roosevelt velvet

  • Ganges roosevelt velvet

  • Baltic roosevelt velvet

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      Descartes is also available in the following sizes...

    • Armchair
      83cm
    • Two Seat
      166cm
    • Three seat
      226cm

    why sofa.com?

    1. Exceptionally well made, stylish and comfy sofas.
    2. Great value; a fraction of the price of similar high street sofas.
    3. Seriously beautiful natural fabrics bought direct from top European mills to keep costs down.
    4. Four week delivery, though often much quicker if in stock. Our own delivery service that is second to none and delivery is usually free.
    5. 100% free returns, no quibble, no problem, and we’ll remain chums.
    6. We’ve sold 40,000 sofas since we opened in 2006 and have showrooms in London, New York and Amsterdam.

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    Descartes size comparison

    ArmchairTwo SeatThree seat
    Total width83cm166cm226cm
    Internal width47cm130cm190cm
    Total height92cm92cm92cm
    Frame height40cm40cm40cm
    Seat height53cm53cm53cm
    Seat depth65cm65cm65cm
    Total depth85cm85cm85cm

    the sofa

    The thinking man’s sofa  (Oh please! – someone take that copywriter out and shoot him).  In all honesty though you may notice that this sofa is a little dearer than some of our others, and for good reason.  Those deep tufted and pleated buttons take very considerable time and skill (if you want it done properly – there are ways of cheating), and there are lots of them.  The spring system rocks, the frame comes apart into four for ease of access, solid oak legs…blah, blah, blah.  Listen, if you love this spectacularly elegant, modern design you’ll just have to reach a little deeper.

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    Descartes three seat in Cookie 4.9 5 14 14
    Can be dismantled to get through doorways. Love the design and material. However, the material did give off an unpleasant smell for a couple of weeks. 19 March 2014
    The E-type sofa. . . . I bought this along with a Sark armchair and footstool in the same fabric, for a small sitting/TV room. Space was limited, and nothing came close to the Descaretes' seating capacity in such compact dimensions. In addition, it has a unique old-world charm that suits the room. The icing on the cake was being able to cover it in 'cinema-seat' red velvet to add to the cosy viewing experience! It is higher than expected to sit on, and needs a few cushions to lounge completely, but quality and comfort are first class. Expensive? Yes, but so's an E-type Jag, and I'd have one of those too if I could afford it. 25 February 2014
    This sofa is so comfortable Delighted with my purchase. Was a bit nervous (despite the refund guarantee) about ordering a sofa in a material combination I'd not seen. But this is perfect - I'm very fussy and it exceeds my expectations. It was even delivered ahead of schedule pre Christmas despite my only ordering the day before the ultimate deadline for receipt! Great. So much so that I've decided to order more sofas for another room - the experience was so easy. The only fly in the ointment is the restricted range of materials available which means a further visit to the showroom (which is out of the way and although one taxi fare is paid, you still have to return to civilisation and pay the second fare) to see in one place a selection of fabrics/sofas and select from there. 08 January 2014
    Beautifully made stunningly comfortable. Sofa arrived carefully wrapped and protected. Once installed in our kitchen the sofa looks fabulous - it is well designed, comfortable and very well made. We need a new sofa for our sitting room and there is no doubt that we will order another model from Sofa.com 05 December 2013
    This is the statement sofa we were looking for! The customer service in store was fab. And this was matched by the delivery guys who weren't at all perplexed by the fact that they had to take the sofa apart to get it through our hallway. 18 June 2013
    Beautifully made and taken apart and put back together! Every stage of communication was so easy and effortless. Sofa.com is one of the most delightful and effective companies I have ever dealt with where everyone knows what's going on each step of the way. Great products, great staff (all of them), great systems of communication in place - and, if you can get there, a superb showroom too. Top marks all round. I've bought from you before. I am buying from you now. I have another order from you in the pipeline. 29 April 2013
    beautiful and comfortable Well-made and good looking, I really was not expecting the sofa to be so soft and comfortable. The Descartes is a perfect blend of contemporary and cozy. 11 April 2013
    Excellent product and service! We've recently received our new sofa and we're more than happy with it. It is all that we expected. The whole process from selecting the sofa, the welcome and help we received in the showroom, the ordering and the delivery was perfect. The delivery men even turned up at the right time and they were also very friendly and warm. Many thanks! 11 April 2013
    Comfy & very stylish! Overall, a great experience. The sales team were helpful and courteous and kept us updated with information at regular intervals. The sofa is fantastic - we're thrilled to bits with it! Thank you sofa.com 08 April 2013
    Great sofa, great service Really pleased with the sofa - it certainly makes a statement!! The straight back means that some scatter cushions will definitely be needed to make it better for slouching on but that just means more fun things to buy;-)The delivery guys were quick and polite, as was everyone I spoke to at sofa.com HQ 08 April 2013
    A stylish sofa and armchair I am the proud owner of a Descartes armchair and sofa in Elephant. Descartes style gives a contempory twist on a traditional theme. It will complement both interior design themes. The quality of both is excellent.The service I received from Sofa.com was veryefficient from the time of placing my order to delivery by two happy and helpful guys. Thank you 27 February 2013
    Love it! Surprisingly comfy, really is a three man and as swish as it looks 13 February 2013
    modern twist on a classic style Lovely sofa, we had a bespoke material put on and it's definitely a statement piece in the room! 07 February 2013
    Excellent value We also ordered your saturday sofa, which we would rate excellent throughout. Both very good value 01 February 2013
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    Descartes two seat in Cookie
     
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    Can you deliver this sofa to Paris?
    10 months ago

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    Gender: Female
    My place: Compact city pad
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    I am afraid that we are only able to deliver to mainland UK addresses. Having said that hundreds of our sofas have made it across the channel. If you find a shipping company to use then they would be able to collect from our warehouse, or alternatively we could deliver to them at their holding bay!
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    Descartes three seat in Cookie
     
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    Will this sofa go through my doors
    1 year ago

    Hi there pls can you tell weather
    This sofa can be separated as I live in a small town house!
    Kind regards
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    Leicester, UK
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    Hello!

    The Descartes sofa breaks down into four separate pieces (2 arms, the back and the base) as standard and as such is superb for fitting into properties with tight access.

    In addition to this you needn't have to worry about taking it apart yourself as our drivers will happily dismantle your sofa, bring it in your property and put it back together for you as part of the delivery service!
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    This is a large sofa for a small room both in length and height so quite a statement item which I would bear in mind for a small room. But the sides can be taken off by the delivery guys as with mine.
    3 weeks, 1 day ago
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    Cornwall, UK
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    Descartes three seat in Cookie
     
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    Can I choose the color of the legs for Descartes?
    1 year, 1 month ago

    I want them to match the color of the legs of Sunday armchair so that I can buy both...
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    Hi Serkan,

    Thank you for your question. We can absolutely change the leg colour on all our items - this will ensure that you can have a matching finish for your Descartes with any armchair, or other sofa!

    Please do let us know if you have any further questions at all, you can give us a quick call and speak to one of our lovely sales team members by calling 0845 400 2222.

    Kindest regards,
    Lizzie
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    Two colours I believe, dark or light. I chose dark - mahogany colour.
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    Descartes three seat in Lagoon
     
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    Can you produce this sofa also in leather?
    1 year, 1 month ago

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    This sofa can be produced in any of our range of 8 different leathers!

    If you are interested in placing an order or to get a quote for prices please give us call on 0845 400 2222.
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