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The Descartes

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Oh so sophisticated, with deep tufting and smart buttons
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blues&greens
  • loch brushed linen cotton

  • azure crushed florentine velvet

  • lagoon brushed linen cotton

  • lettuce brushed linen cotton

  • turf soft wool

  • smoke pure cotton matt velvet

  • midnight blue brushed linen cotton

  • boulder mohawk

  • gull coloured herringbone

  • duck egg pure belgian linen

  • deep moss brushed linen cotton

  • deep turquoise pure cotton matt velvet

  • teal soft textured linen

  • olive pure cotton matt velvet

  • sky soft wool

  • denim house viscose linen

  • greenfinch plaid recycled wools

  • amarena dexter's linen

  • savory house viscose linen

  • greenfinch stripe recycled wools

  • hyacinth highland tweed

  • indigo nomad stripes

  • pistachio dexter's linen

blacks&greys
  • flint brushed linen cotton

  • coyote navajo stripes

  • mouse corduroy

  • cloud crushed florentine velvet

  • ash soft wool

  • elephant pure cotton matt velvet

  • granite soft wool

  • storm crushed florentine velvet

  • pigeon coloured herringbone

  • charcoal brushed linen cotton

  • starling coloured herringbone

  • slate highland tweed

  • squirrel pure cotton matt velvet

  • peregrine plaid recycled wools

  • cuckoo recycled wools

  • hudson roosevelt velvet

  • peregrine stripe recycled wools

  • grey marl highland tweed

  • baltic roosevelt velvet

  • merlin herringbone recycled wools

Reds & Oranges
  • aubergine brushed linen cotton

  • claret pure cotton matt velvet

  • cardinal coloured herringbone

  • chilli brushed linen cotton

  • thistle pure belgian linen

  • raspberry brushed linen cotton

  • rose house viscose linen

  • sunshine pure cotton matt velvet

  • lupin pure cotton matt velvet

  • robin stripe recycled wools

  • ganges roosevelt velvet

  • radish highland tweed

  • robin plaid recycled wools

neutrals
  • white sand pure belgian linen

  • taupe brushed linen cotton

  • natural flax pure belgian linen

  • shell brushed linen cotton

  • cookie house linen cotton

  • undyed broad weave linen

  • hemp soft textured linen

  • rock house viscose linen

  • egret coloured herringbone

  • pebble soft wool

  • herringbone house linen cotton

  • stone brushed linen cotton

  • swan recycled wools

  • almond dexter's linen

  • hazelnut dexter's linen

  • plum dexter's linen

  • walnut dexter's linen

  • honeycomb crushed florentine velvet

  • heron herringbone recycled wools

  • blueberry dexter's linen

  • nougat dexter's linen

browns
  • moccha broad weave linen

  • peppercorn pure belgian linen

  • chestnut soft textured linen

  • truffle crushed florentine velvet

  • chocolate pure cotton matt velvet

  • heath highland tweed

  • donkey pure cotton matt velvet

  • tawny herringbone recycled wools

info House Linen Cotton from $1,970 $0
This excellent fabric is made from 50% cotton and 50% linen. It looks great in any environment, is hardwearing, and will last for years. It also has the advantage of being fantastic value. Most importantly it's a very beautiful fabric that has real understated style. Available in Cookie or herringbone.
  • cookie house linen cotton

  • herringbone house linen cotton

info House Viscose Linen from $1,970 $0
This is a most clever fabric. A fabulous blend of viscose and linen, which is both lustrous and soft (the viscose bit) as well as lovely and lineny (the linen bit). The yarn has been dyed in such a way so as to create a beautifully contrasted, asymmetrical and subtle pattern..
  • Rock house viscose linen

  • Rose house viscose linen

  • Denim house viscose linen

  • Savory house viscose linen

info Nomad Stripes from $2,130 $0
Bursting on to the scene with some bright, summery stripes, this fabric is a guaranteed hit for any dedicated followers of fashion. Indigo is 2013's top interiors trend, whilst clashing pink and orange are a match made in colour-block heaven. These stripes are a combination of linen and viscose, making them softer than a nomad's saddle and damn smart when upholstered.
  • Indigo nomad stripes

  • Summer nomad stripes

info Brushed Linen Cotton from $2,130 $0
We chose this fabric for a very simple reason: it's one of the most beautiful upholstery fabrics that money can buy. The fabric has a wonderful soft feel, and is genuinely luxurious. When sold on the high street this fabric commands a price of £32 per metre (and you usually need 16metres of fabric for a three seat sofa) which will give you some idea of how reasonable our prices are.
  • Loch brushed linen cotton

  • deep moss brushed linen cotton

  • taupe brushed linen cotton

  • charcoal brushed linen cotton

  • raspberry brushed linen cotton

  • aubergine brushed linen cotton

  • Chilli brushed linen cotton

  • Lagoon brushed linen cotton

  • Lettuce brushed linen cotton

  • Stone brushed linen cotton

  • Flint brushed linen cotton

  • midnight blue brushed linen cotton

  • Shell brushed linen cotton

  • heat and dust brushed linen cotton

info Coloured Herringbone from $2,130 $0
We developed these fabrics with our mill in Belgium because we love linen and we love Herringbone, and the best linen herringboners on the planet are our mussel munching chums from Belgium. We love the colours – they work brilliantly together and they represent idiotically good value. What natural fabrics give you is personality – slight slubs and tiny inconsistencies that add a depth and make every piece that tiny bit different. Pretentious but true!
  • Cardinal coloured herringbone

  • Egret coloured herringbone

  • Gull coloured herringbone

  • Pigeon coloured herringbone

  • Starling coloured herringbone

info Crushed Florentine Velvet from $2,210 $0
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,
  • truffle crushed florentine velvet

  • azure crushed florentine velvet

  • Cloud crushed florentine velvet

  • Storm crushed florentine velvet

  • Honeycomb crushed florentine velvet

info Soft Textured Linen from $2,210 $0
This soft textured linen is exactly that. It has a wonderful feel and softness to it, and it has been dyed in such a way as to create a subtle and very attractive mottled colour effect. It is different from our other fabrics in as much as whilst it is still a "plain" is has more depth and texture to it. We love it.
  • hemp soft textured linen

  • chestnut soft textured linen

  • teal soft textured linen

info Pure Belgian Linen from $2,210 $0
They may not be they most fashionable nation on earth, but the Belgians do make the finest linen. We are seriously proud to sell this linen, it is made and finished to the very highest standard possible, and we can testify to that having traipsed around a large number of linen mills. The colours are beautifully subtle, the fabric soft and elegant - top linen!
  • duck egg pure belgian linen

  • natural flax pure belgian linen

  • peppercorn pure belgian linen

  • thistle pure belgian linen

  • white sand pure belgian linen

info Broad Weave Linen from $2,210 $0
We found this fabric in a Belgian mill, and knew straight off that it had made the cut onto the sofa.com list. It is sold only in one other place in the UK and there sells for over £100 per metre; ridiculous obviously, but nevertheless it gives a good idea of how highly they prize the fabric. It has texture, weight, softness and subtlety, and really is a fine fabric with which to cover your sofa.
  • moccha broad weave linen

  • undyed broad weave linen

info Corduroy from $2,210 $0
Corduroy seems so impossibly English doesn't it, so it is a surprise to note that it originates from those stylish Frenchies, originally as Cord Du Roi (the king's cloth). We have this one made in Italy though - it is embarrassingly soft and luxurious.
  • mouse corduroy

info Soft Wool from $2,210 $0
Soft wool. Or put another way Felt. This fabric is devastatingly cool and chic, but don't be shy - you can do it - you're up to it - you can pull it off. The truth is that, in contrast to most wools, it is beautifully soft and an absolute pleasure to live with. Unlike all our other fabrics this has not been woven, but has been created by ingeniously pressing dyed wool.
  • Granite soft wool

  • Ash soft wool

  • Turf soft wool

  • Pebble soft wool

  • Sky soft wool

info Highland Tweed from $2,210 $0
The Highlands we refer to here are those renowned Highlands of Northern Belgium, where we have worked for many years with one of the oldest and most civilised mills. Woven from linen, viscose and cotton this “tweed” has real depth, character, and a subtlety of contrast, that made us immediately think of the other Highlands, where the boys wear skirts.
  • Heath highland tweed

  • Slate highland tweed

  • Radish highland tweed

  • Hyacinth highland tweed

  • Grey Marl highland tweed

info Recycled Wools from $2,210 $0
This is a fabric with a conscience. 50% of it is recycled wool from Prato in Italy, where 22,000 tonnes of textiles are recycled every year in a bid to put Giorgio's old jumpers to good use and become certified carbon neutral (which it is). We've just added in a bit of man-made softness to make it comfy, and long-lasting. The overall effect is a beautifully rich-textured fabric, that is wonderfully versatile - it's available in plains, plaids, stripes and herringbone.
  • Cuckoo recycled wools

  • Swan recycled wools

  • Tawny Herringbone recycled wools

  • Merlin Herringbone recycled wools

  • Heron Herringbone recycled wools

  • Greenfinch Stripe recycled wools

  • Robin Stripe recycled wools

  • Peregrine Stripe recycled wools

  • Greenfinch Plaid recycled wools

  • Robin Plaid recycled wools

  • Peregrine Plaid recycled wools

info Pure Cotton Matt Velvet from $2,290 $0
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.
  • chocolate pure cotton matt velvet

  • Squirrel pure cotton matt velvet

  • Lupin pure cotton matt velvet

  • smoke pure cotton matt velvet

  • sunshine pure cotton matt velvet

  • sloe pure cotton matt velvet

  • elephant pure cotton matt velvet

  • deep turquoise pure cotton matt velvet

  • olive pure cotton matt velvet

  • claret pure cotton matt velvet

  • Donkey pure cotton matt velvet

info Dexter's Linen from $2,290 $0
TinTin? Dull. Dexter? Now here you have an all Belgian superhero: suave, debonair, fifth generation maker of the world’s most luxurious linens, and our new best friend. Dexter’s linens are a cut above – heavyweight, stonewashed and thickly woven from the very best flax. You’ll pay more for this linen but you'll be not be disappointed. We've gone to town on it and it is quite exceptional.
  • Plum dexter's linen

  • Blueberry dexter's linen

  • Almond dexter's linen

  • Walnut dexter's linen

  • Pistachio dexter's linen

  • Nougat dexter's linen

  • Hazelnut dexter's linen

  • Amarena dexter's linen

info Roosevelt Velvet from $2,500 $0
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

info Navajo Stripes from $2,450 $0
Despite its name, this beautiful fabric is not woven in the mid-west of America, but the mid-west of Italy – Florence. The fabric has serious weight and depth behind the stripes, which’ let’s face it, are a bold statement. A very decadent, sophisticated fabric this one.
  • coyote navajo stripes

  • lizard navajo stripes

info Mohawk from $2,500 $0
Woven in a mill that overlooks the domes of Florence, as opposed to the cactii of Nevada, as its name might suggest. A big, brazen, strong zig-zag stripe, on a completely natural, super soft fabric, this fabric has a real subtlety and depth. Works brilliantly on smaller sofas and chairs; needs a braver heart for the bigger stuff. We love it.
  • Boulder mohawk

Herringbones

  • herringbone house linen cotton

  • cardinal coloured herringbone

  • egret coloured herringbone

  • gull coloured herringbone

  • pigeon coloured herringbone

  • starling coloured herringbone

  • heron herringbone recycled wools

  • merlin herringbone recycled wools

  • tawny herringbone recycled wools

Stripes

  • almond dexter's linen

  • blueberry dexter's linen

  • plum dexter's linen

  • greenfinch stripe recycled wools

  • robin stripe recycled wools

  • peregrine stripe recycled wools

  • boulder mohawk

  • lizard navajo stripes

  • coyote navajo stripes

  • summer nomad stripes

  • indigo nomad stripes

Plaids

  • peregrine plaid recycled wools

  • robin plaid recycled wools

  • greenfinch plaid recycled wools

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      Descartes is also available in the following sizes...

    • Armchair
      32.7”
    • Loveseat
      65.4”
    • Three seat
      89”

    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. Delivery in five to seven weeks, and completely free within the New York City area.
    5. 100% free returns, no quibble, no problem, and we’ll remain chums.

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    Descartes size comparison

    ArmchairLoveseatThree seat
    Total width12.9”25.7”35”
    Internal width7.3”20.2”29.4”
    Total height14.3”14.3”14.3”
    Frame height6.2”6.2”6.2”
    Seat height8.2”8.2”8.2”
    Seat depth10.1”10.1”10.1”
    Total depth13.2”13.2”13.2”

    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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    customer reviews

    So here it is - your feedback - the vast majority very good indeed, and a little very not-good-at-all. Though we will not hide the nasty stuff, and instead, like big boys, address it and learn from it.

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    The Descartes

    (summary of all 5 reviews)
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    1
    Descartes Loveseat in Coloured Herringbone by Higgins on Wednesday, 16th April 2014
    Cannot fault the service or the product, so happy with the actual sofa & everyone who visits comments on it. It's so deep & comfy. Would definately buy from sofa.com again, thank-you.
    Overall
    5
    Descartes Three seat in House Linen Cotton by Anonymous on Wednesday, 19th March 2014
    Love the design and material. However, the material did give off an unpleasant smell for a couple of weeks.
    Overall
    5
    Descartes Three seat in Pure Cotton Matt Velvet by Angus on Tuesday, 25th February 2014
    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.
    Overall
    5
    Descartes Loveseat in Roosevelt Velvet by Multitaskingmum on Wednesday, 8th January 2014
    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.
    Overall
    5
    Descartes Three seat in Highland Tweed by Needham on Thursday, 5th December 2013
    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
    Overall
    5
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