Bee Gold is a long standing bestseller from our Animal Charm Collection. The fabric is woven in Italy and has a very natural look. It's a simple but beautiful design and looks elegant in many settings.
I don't think we're alone in our love of bees! They are incredible creatures, however sadly these vital pollinators are in decline. We can help protect bees by planting bee-friendly plants, but did you know that bees love herbs? So get planting mint, lavender and chamomile!
Moving up the charts of our bestsellers is Wildwood Paprika, a super print from the Woodland Collection. It's a cotton mix with a linen look, and drapes fabulously.
Again you'll spot a few subtle animals, which add to the whimsical style of this print. It's a really versatile design, equally happy in a Scandinavian scheme, or paired with wool plaids for a more traditional feel. All at a really competitive price point!
You'll spot several of our printed velvets amongst the bestsellers, all contained within the Safari Collection. First to be showcased is Woburn Multi, a gorgeous safari themed print. At Chess we love to incorporate animals into our designs. Sometimes they're hard to spot, the shapes and patterns form the design, particularly when made up. But with Woburn I don't think there's any denying that these majestic creatures take centre stage!
We're really proud of this sumptuous velvet and the vividity of the colours. It drapes beautifully and with a Martindale of 40,000 it's suitable for upholstery too.
If you haven't seen any of our velvets yet then please do request a sample!
Our next bestseller, Apache Cinnamon, is a bold, geometric design. It is part of our Navajo Collection. We mix prints with woven fabrics, which we feel elevates these eye-catching Native American patterns. Apache is a chunky weave and has a lovely textured feel to it. It is woven in Italy.
Merton Claret is a long standing bestseller. It's a classic art nouveau design, and has a wonderful timeless elegance. In the Elm House Collection it sits alongside prints and wool plaids effortlessly, producing a relaxed and welcoming interior. Merton is a jacquard woven in Italy and has a luxurious feel to it.
Climbing up the list of bestsellers is Atlantis Fuchsia, part of the Fantasia Collection. Think floral reimagined; it's fresh and modern. Pinks are often popular, mixed here with subtle blues and greys, there's a lovely balance. The Fantasia Collection of prints are all printed on 100% cotton, and make up beautifully.
The third design in our bestsellers series is Lewis Berry. It's 100% pure new wool, woven in England. Many of our wools feature highly amongst our bestsellers, and not without good reason! They are homely yet luxurious. They come in a range of beautiful colours and hit a really competitive price point.
Lewis is a more contemporary plaid, and can be found in our Highland Wool II Collection. We have found all the wool designs to be very versatile; they sit well in a range of settings and co-ordinate really well with prints and other textiles. They are suitable for drapes, blinds and upholstery. Even better, wool is inherently fire retardant, so no FR treatment is required!
Our second design to feature in our bestsellers series is Cheverny Rouge, a classic floral, part of the Loire Collection. It's warmth and timeless quality are testament to its popularity. The Loire Collection features florals alongside small scale co-ordinates that befit many an interior - from French chic through to more traditional design schemes. All the designs in this collection are printed on a 100% natural cotton linen (also suitable for upholstery), and I'm pleased to say that they are all produced in the UK.
It's a question we are often asked, by customers new and old. When selecting which collections to promote, there are a number of factors to consider - local market preferences, price point, fashion, and not least gut reaction - do YOU like it?! But many customers are also interested to hear what we find sells. So, over the coming posts we will share with you a range of our bestsellers. Of course they won't all be relevant to your customer base, but we hope that this insight might introduce you to some designs that you may not have seen before, or may even have overlooked.
1/12 Audley Caspian
This is a fairly new design, having only been launched in 2020 as part of the Manor House Collection, but it is already a big hit. It's inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement and has quite a William Morris feel to it, but at an affordable price point. We were particularly pleased with the colours in this collection; at Chess we love to take a more traditional design and re-invent it with a fresh palette. The Manor House Collection is printed on a brushed cotton, which has a lovely soft handle for drapes and blinds. It has the added benefit of being suitable for upholstery (Martindale 30,000) so all round winner!
We're really happy to see that we have a lot more followers, so a BIG thank you for supporting us!
It's not been an easy year for most of us. We have missed being able to see our customers in person, at shows and at your premises, but we have enjoyed following you on instagram and admiring the work that you have been getting up to. Most gratifying is seeing our Chess fabric made up, so please do keep tagging us!
So, for those of you who are less familiar with Chess Designs, here are some fun facts -
1. We are located next to a Christmas Tree farm. Most of the year it's quiet with the odd deer frolicking, but December it's busy!
2. Our name 'Chess' comes from our location in the Chess Valley, it has nothing to do with the game!
3. Chess Designs is over 25 years old.
4. We are a family business. Currently we span two generations (the kiddies are still too young!).
5. Nigel - our founder whom many of you will know - began teacher training college before he discovered his passion for fabrics. That was over 40 years ago! There isn't much that he doesn't know about fabrics!
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