- our fabrics
our fabulous fabrics
We buy the very best, and cut no corners in this department. Our beautiful, natural fabrics are all woven in a selection of the very best mills in Belgium and Italy.
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house cotton blend
Practically stylish in every way. Woven in Italy, our house cottons possess a subtle pattern with flecks of white weaving through a top layer of colour to produce a cross-stitched effect – fabrics that will sit very comfortably atop any sofa. Incredibly long lasting and durable, they come in a variety of versatile colours. The perfect fabric for a much loved and well used sofa.
house linen cotton
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.
house viscose linen
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..
These bright and summery striped fabrics are perfect for those looking to add a splash of colour to their home. Summer has clashing pink and orange hues which were inspired by the bold colour blocking trend, whilst Indigo’s blue and white colour combination is a bit more laid back. These stripes are a combination of linen and viscose, making them incredibly soft to touch and exceedingly smart when upholstered.
Lightweight linens hang loose - not a hippy slogan, but a plain, somewhat boring, but nevertheless important fact. They hang differently from their heavier cousins - in a laid back, relaxed, groovy sort of way. Not suitable for all furniture, but great for all beds, valances and sofas with slip covers. Five cracking colours.
brushed linen cotton
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.
heat and dust
Herringbone is a simple yet sophisticated pattern that looks beautiful when upholstered onto soft furnishings. We have a selection of colours that work brilliantly together and their composition of cotton and linen create a lovely, soft texture. What natural fabrics give you is personality – tiny inconsistencies add a depth that make every piece that tiny bit different. Pretentious but true!
broad weave linen
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.
pure belgian linen
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!
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.
SS showcase collection
This season’s Showcase Collection has drawn its inspiration from the more relaxed furniture styles that are becoming ever more popular in interior design. The collection features washed and wrinkled fabrics that are accented by relaxed geometrics and a painterly floral. Loosely travel-inspired, it is a collection that takes you on a journey featuring a bold ikat reminiscent of Central Asian design, a floral we found in an old Parisian archive and a lovely lightweight chenille which was woven for us on the outskirts of Venice.
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.
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.
pure cotton matt velvet
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.
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.
crushed florentine velvet
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,
Our Celtic wools are lovingly made by ingeniously pressing dyed wool to create a beautifully soft texture. They incorporate understated stripes and herringbone patterns, giving a subtle nod to our Scottish neighbours whilst also creating a sophisticated and stylish look. These look fabulous on more traditional frames as well as petite armchairs and cushions, creating a comforting and homely feel.
Ideal for slip cover styles, we found this lovely wrinkled quality linen at one of the oldest mills in France, where the most premium quality flax in the world is grown. Available in cool restful neutrals and a washed blue, this textile offers the tactility we love about linen, but with a shabby chic appearance that looks and feels even better with age. Lending a much more summery, relaxed look compared to all our other linens, this super durable fabric is ideal for those looking for fuss-free, cosy furniture and who aren’t afraid of a wrinkled, lived-in look.
We call it Houndstooth, our friends across the channel call it "pied de poule" or chicken's foot. Somehow, we prefer our description, but they both have their merit. Veering away from the typical monochrome palette, we’ve opted for a more natural look with two splendid colourways that bring this classic pattern to life.
by Anna Glover
The brains behind these striking fabrics is our latest Design Lab partner, Anna Glover. Applying her signature design techniques and attention to detail, Anna has beautifully illustrated a vibrant and lively botanical pattern through expertly blending intricate layers of graduating colour with elegant, painterly brushstrokes. Paradise is available in two shades of‘Mineral’ and ‘Basalt’ and provides a fresh take on this season’s tropical trend. Raindance is a complementary fabric that features a minimal, repeat fleck pattern set against the muted Mineral base.
raindance in mineral
paradise in basalt
paradise in mineral
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.
Mariska Meijers electric ikat
The Electric Ikat was designed in collaboration with this year’s Design Lab partner – Dutch born Mariska Meijers. This striking fabric comes in three colourways, Cobalt, Magenta and Teal and is inspired by Mariska’s love of Ikat motifs and woven fabrics. These designs are truly magnificent and draw upon a hand painted design like all of Mariska’s work. Their colourful and absorbing pattern are perfect to offset plainer backgrounds and will accent other pieces around the room flawlessly.
In official terms, our house leather is semi-aniline and full grain; put simply, this means it's a real pleasure to live with. It's supple, beautiful and hardwearing - which is the whole point of leather. No, our leather sofas don't cost £500, but then again our leather isn't coarse, it doesn't stiffen up and crack and it doesn't leave nasty dye all over your clothes.
Satchel is a fully aniline leather, giving its surface the natural texture and grain that you see; and in turn a vintage charm allowing the hide to age gracefully. It really is the bee's knees.
Our bellwether leather, despite being a slight tongue-twister, is straightforward when it comes to style. It is sourced exclusively from British Oxen giving you the superior quality that you want from a leather and the unique surface characteristics of the hide can still be seen. It has a super soft and supple finish as well, meaning your sofa will be the perfect place to while away the hours.
Technically-speaking, our Rodeo is an aniline leather, which means it’s really natural and is made using the best bits of the hide. This leather is the cream of the crop: it has a waxy feel and is genuinely luxurious. Due to its natural characteristics and the fact that it hasn’t been mucked about with, this leather will be admired as a thing of beauty by everyone that sets eyes upon it.