Lions, Tigers and Bears – oh my!

Linda Horn tiger giltwood stools

Linda Horn giltwood stools w/ tiger velvet on 1stDibs

As we settle into autumn and the winter season is but a northerly wind away.  Our ancient ancestors lived more intimately with the earth’s inhabitants then we do today but the psychological warmth offered by animal fur is coded in our DNA.  With central heating and insulated buildings we no longer need fur for warmth, but oh how we love adding touches of realistic looking, but ethically conscious, faux fur to our rooms.

MarioBuatta animal print

Mario Buatta room with giltwood stool in leopard print velvet from The Skirted Table blog

Pierre Frey

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While poking around on 1stDibs and The Skirted Table recently we discovered some beautiful examples to inspire your use of our luxurious animal print fabrics. Antique dealer Linda Horn’s fabulous giltwood stools covered in Scalamandre’s Le Tigre immediately caught our attention, as did Mario Buatta’s use of leopard print on the over-sized stool in front of the fireplace.

The faux animal skin throws of Pierre Frey are a perennial favorite and one of the more casual ways to combine the look of animal prints and faux fur is for your cabin in the woods decor.  Whether your interiors are entirely neutral or lush with pattern and color the addition of a Pierre Frey faux fur (at HUGE savings!) throw or an occasional chair or gilt stools in animal print always looks right. Why not wrap someone you love up in one for holiday gifting? – you know they will love it!

 At iLuvFabrix we always have a wide selection of exquisite designer animal prints and luxurious faux fur to add color and texture to your interiors.

Feature image of Charles Lapicque The Tiger, 1961 lithographie available from Galerie Roussard on 1st Dibs.


Left to Right, Scalamandre 100% silk velvet Le Tigre, Pierre Frey brand new black and white Peacock faux fur throw, Scalamandre 100% silk velvet Leopardo – all from iLuvFabrix



Grand Fabric, Le Tigre from Scalamandre

As most of you know by now, specializes in selling the “Best of the Best” fabric for upholstery, drapery, bedding, slipcovers and many other projects to beautify your home.  

Our niche is that we are able to acquire upholstery fabric which sells from $20.00 per yard to upholstery fabric that costs $2,000.00 per yard, but we are able to get everything at prices way below wholesale.  In fact our upholstery fabric is always cheaper for a decorator to buy from us than to buy from their own fabric mill representative.

We sell a lot of upholstery fabric and drapery fabric to designer/decorators as well as educated end users who know what a great, below wholesale price is when they see it.

One of the fabrics which we have sold quite a lot of over the past five years is Scalamandre Le Tigre Silk Velvet, which is one of the MOST gorgeous fabrics you have ever laid eyes on or touched, woven in a Tiger pattern and has been used in some of the most prestigious homes, High End Museums, Palaces and such around the world.  It is a VERY expensive fabric to purchase even through the best connected designer/decorator, but our price for this wonderful upholstery fabric is cheaper than the best price one can get from the above mentioned individuals no matter how good your negotiating skills.

We have sold hundreds of yards of this magnificent upholstery fabric over the past five years, as well as a few other upholstery fabrics the same category as Le Tigre.

For your reference, we have included a picture of the magnificent Le Tigre used to cover a chair in a high end home.  Enjoy the picture, below.


( Picture courtesy of Cote De Texas )



The Difference Between Designers & Decorators

The owners of iluvfabrix have been in the fabric business for well over 30 years and in that time, we have probably seen and heard it all.

But I have to tell you I have never seen so many “decorators’ , i.e., people calling themselves decorators, as I have now.

Not a day goes by that we don’t get four or five calls from people identifying themselves as “decorators” and shop for fabrics.   Now we are in business of selling fabrics, and if someone calls themselves a decorator, designer or Grand High Poohbah, we will sell them fabric if they want to buy.

But I think a little education is apropos of this situation.  ANYONE can call themselves a “Decorator” and not really be lying.  That is because the term “Decorator” just means that they are posturing themselves as someone who has a flair for interior design and charges you for their time and their taste.     Remember, $10.00 gets anyone 300 business cards that will say anything you want.

If you want design help from someone who REALLY knows Interior Design, then ask them what design school they went to…..ask to see their membership card in one of the Interior Design fraternities……in other words, you want to know if they actually graduated from a course in Interior Design (2-4 year course, depending on the school) which gives them a well rounded education in the art of Interior Design, ie., putting a room or a home together, choosing colors, matching colors and so on.

What am I saying?    If you need an experienced Interior Designer, then make sure that is  in fact exactly what you are getting.

Although the term “decoratef” has become a catch-all phrase taken to mean anyone with good taste who can match Fabric A with Fabric B,  only a graduated “Interior Designer” is the real deal who can do the whole job, and worth the per hour fee they charge.

Forewarned is forearmed.

PS. has a great sale on now and most fabrics end up selling for over 90% off.  Hop over to,php to see all the great buys. also has just listed over 30 new silks, and they are all On Sale.

Sale ends February 20, 2014…..Have a great day.