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FAQs

Can I buy your fabrics direct from you or your website?
All orders must be placed with one of our specialist stockists. For more information and to find your local stockist please call us on 01430 410363 or email us at sales@scuttandcoles.com

Where can I buy Scutt & Coles fabrics?
We have stockists in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. We also export our fabrics to suppliers and distributors all over the world. To find your local stockist please call us on 01430 410363 or email us at sales@scuttandcoles.com

How durable are your fabrics?
Our fabrics have varying levels of durability. All are suitable for draping and curtaining. Some are more appropriate than others for upholstery use. We use the Martindale test as a measure of the durability of our fabric. This is a test undertaken on upholstery fabrics to check their suitability for various uses – for example occasional use decorative chairs, heavy-traffic areas or commercial furniture. The test is also known as the ‘rub test’ and tests for abrasion resistance. Using this test we grade all of our fabric as being suitable for Occasional, Light or General Domestic upholstery use or for Severe Contract upholstery use. This information is listed for each of our fabrics in the product information on the website, in our price lists and fabric books.

Are all of your fabrics suitable for curtains?
Yes all of our fabrics are suitable for curtaining and blinds. Based on their composition and production techniques, there are varying care instructions for each fabric. This information is listed for each of our fabrics in the product information on the website, in our price lists and fabric books.

Are all of your fabrics suitable for upholstery?
Some of our fabrics are more appropriate than others for upholstery use. We use the Martindale test as a measure of the durability of our fabric. This is a test undertaken on upholstery fabrics to check their suitability for various uses – for example occasional use decorative chairs, heavy-traffic areas or commercial furniture. The test is also known as the ‘rub test’ and tests for abrasion resistance. Using this test we grade all of our fabric as being suitable for Occasional, Light or General Domestic upholstery use or for Severe Contract upholstery use. This information is listed for each of our fabrics in the product information on the website, in our price lists and fabric books.

What do you mean by pattern repeats?
A fabric pattern repeat is the size of the pattern as it appears once on a piece of fabric. This can be measured vertically and horizontally. You will need this information in order to accurately calculate a length required for curtaining, blinds or upholstery. This information is listed for each of our fabrics in the product information on the website, in our price lists.

Do you do woven fabrics?
Our Kingsley collection of plaids, checks and coordinating plains is a woven linen. Within our Juneau collection the Vernay is a damask wool and the Melbury a striped wool.

Do you do wool fabrics?
Within our Juneau collection the Vernay is a damask wool and there’s also a striped wool called Melbury.

What do you mean by printed fabrics?

Textile printing is the process of applying colour to fabric in definite patterns or designs. In our printed fabrics the colour is bonded with the fibre, so as to resist washing and friction.

What style of windows do your curtain fabrics suit?
We sell our fabrics all over the world to suit a wide range of window styles; including modern, sash, Georgian, country cottage, barn and hotel windows.

Are your fabrics manufactured in UK?
Almost all of our fabrics are manufactured in the UK. Our Kingsley collection of linen mix plaids, checks and plains is manufactured in Belgium – a country renowned for its high quality flax and linen production.

Do your fabrics contain natural or man-made fibres?
Our fabrics contain a mix of man-made and natural fibres. We chose the fabric composition for each of our designs based on a number of criteria including suitability for design, look and feel of the cloth, drape, durability and consistency in colour.

Can your fabrics be treated to make them flame retardant?
Different grades of flameproofing treatments are available for our fabrics based on whether you require it for domestic upholstery, contract upholstery or curtaining. Please contact us for more information and prices.

Do you have any fabrics suitable for contemporary rooms?
Our designs are elegant and timeless in appeal and work across both traditional, contemporary, residential and commercial settings.

What is the inspiration behind your fabric designs?
Drawing upon the considerable experience of our design team and echoing historical documents from the extensive Scutt and Coles archives, our creative approach is inspired by the fabric of life itself. Employing many design techniques including watercolour and painterly styles, our influences come from a broad cross-section of flora and fauna, nature and art.

Are your fabrics suitable for cushions?
Our fabrics are suitable for loose cover cushions, upholstery and curtains. Their appropriateness for upholstery and other uses is given in the product information for each design featured on our website.

Do you have any animal designs?
Many of our designs are inspired by the fabric of life itself and so feature a variety of flora and fauna. Our Zephirine design in the Darnia collection features a bird of paradise as does the Emperor design in the Juneau collection. The Luberon fabric in the Aspirations collection also features a beautifully delicate butterfly within the trailing floral design. Also in this collection is our Russei toile design where the exotic birds, tropical ferns, flowers and butterflies are beautifully painted with tonal line work and gorgeous colour layering.

Do you do tartan or check fabric?
Our Kingsley collection is a classic collection of plaids, checks and co-ordinating plains. This delightfully woven linen with its attractive colours is as elegant on upholstered furniture as it is when draped.

Which flowers are featured on your fabrics?
Many of our designs are inspired by the fabric of life itself and so feature a variety of flora and fauna. To name but a few there are; wisteria in our Cascade design, roses in the Amelie and Rosa designs, foxgloves in our Lauren design, irises in the Juneau fabric, peonies and sweet peas in our Odette and Persephone designs, poppies and delphiniums in the Avalon design and tulips and sweet peas in the Etienne floral.

Do you supply fabric overseas?
We sell and distribute our fabric all over the world. In some cases we deal direct with our customers and in others via distributors. Contact us for more information regarding pricing and shipping.

How can I order a sample?
You can order samples free of charge from our website. Just select the design and colourway you require and click ‘Add’ underneath the image of the fabric. Once you have added your required sample(s) to your basket, select ‘Sample basket’ and you will be asked to confirm your requirements and address details. Samples are free of charge.

Are your fabrics suitable for large Victorian and Georgian windows?
Many of our fabrics have large repeats and so lend themselves especially well to the long drops of Victoria or Georgian sash windows. As well as this – many of our designs are based on 18th and 19th century archive documents and so are historically appropriate for this period of property.

What does Martindale mean?

The Martindale test is a measure of the durability of fabric. The test is undertaken on upholstery fabrics to check their suitability for various uses – for example occasional use decorative chairs, heavy-traffic areas or commercial furniture. The test is also known as the ‘rub test’ and tests for abrasion resistance. Using this test we grade all of our fabric as being suitable for Occasional, Light or General Domestic upholstery use or for Severe Contract upholstery use. This information is listed for each of our fabrics in the product information on the website, in our price lists.

How much do your samples cost?
Our samples are free of charge, subject to limitations in volume and delivery location.

How long does it take to deliver?
For UK trade account customers, it is our aim to despatch all orders received before 1.00pm on a working day on the same day. We will endeavour to despatch deliveries on time in order to meet any specified deadlines, however we cannot be held liable should a delivery be delayed for any reason.

Do you sell curtain lining?
No we do not sell curtain lining.

Do your fabrics match across collections?
Many of our fabrics are designed to coordinate with colourways across all of our collections. On our website when you select a specific design, you can see below the other Scutt & Coles fabrics which co-ordinate with it.

Is the colour exact on the website?
Due to screen settings, quality and size, it is not possible to colour match from our website. As well as this we cannot guarantee exact colour matching against pattern books and samples, since variation in shade can occur from one production batch to another. Should an accurate match be required, please contact us on 01430 410363 or email us at sales@scuttandcoles.com and we’ll send you a sample from current stock. We’re also happy to match up to any samples you send us.

How much are your fabrics?
All orders must be placed with one of our specialist stockists who will also give you the price of each fabric. For more information and to find your local stockist, please call us on 01430 410363 or email us at sales@scuttandcoles.com

Do the colours in your fabrics run or fade?
By nature of its composition all fabric will fade when exposed to direct sunlight. We do not guarantee our fabric against fading. Fabrics that are stated as washable should be ironed when damp, although for best results we recommend dry cleaning.

What collections do you have and are they all still in stock?
We have six collections as follows:

The Aspirations collection is a fresh collection of contemporary prints. Each design celebrates the artist's passion for the watercolour technique and is inspired by the timeless beauty of Himalayan gardens, tropical forests, maps and ethnic textiles. The skilful translation of these visionary artworks into beautiful, distinctive textiles is a result of the marriage of the latest printing technology and the use of the finest natural fabrics. Sophisticated and quintessentially English in its style, this modern collection is the epitome of contemporary elegance and opulence. The collection comprises seven designs in some truly unique colourways, printed on linen unions and velvets. All designs have been created and printed in the UK. Avalon is a stunning floral fabric abundant with peonies, poppies and delphiniums. Russei is an exquisite Toile de Jouy fabric featuring birds, tropical ferns, flowers and butterflies. Luberon and Etienne are elegant floral fabrics, showcasing delicate blooms of tulips and sweet peas. Pasimina is a contemporary botanical study portraying the delicacy of the persimmon fruit trees of Asia. And finally there’s Zanzibar, an opulent paisley design printed on velvet and a linen fabric and inspired by a fragment of a 17th century Kashmiri robe.

The Persephone collection is a painterly range of printed fabrics inspired by nature and art. The texture and layering effect of the paint reveals some beautifully fresh colour combinations giving the designs the flexibility to work within any room scheme. Nature and flowers are the main inspiration, capturing a look that creates a piece of natural art on fabric. Persephone and Odette take as inspiration a striking floral bouquet of peony and sweet pea flowers. The Lillian fabric showcases the beautifully fluid lines of draping wisteria and nicotiana flowers. The Margeau and Rosalind are beautiful textural leaf designs.

Juneau is a timeless collection of printed linens and woven wool blend fabrics loosely based on 18th and 19th Century historical textiles using an updated colour palette. Its title fabric, Juneau, is loosely based on a 1920s iris design which has been re-designed and printed with a more contemporary feel. The Emperor printed linen blend fabric features an elegant re-working of a 19th century document depicting an Emperor bird within an oriental jungle scene. The Albertine and Florentina designs are similarly beautiful interpretations of classic French designs. At the back of the book are two stunning wool fabrics. The Vernay design is inspired by an 18th century silk damask fabric. The woven texture of the wool and linen captures the drapery and slightly worn texture of the original design. The Melbury wool stripe is a smart classic herringbone design which complements the other fabrics in this collection.

Our Kingsley collection is a classic collection of plaid and checked fabric plus co-ordinating plain cloths. This delightfully woven linen with its attractive colours is as elegant on upholstered furniture as it is when draped. Many of our customers refer to this as our tartan fabric collection – although technically the Scots would disagree! Given their higher rub test count, our Kingsley checked and plain fabrics lend themselves to general domestic upholstery but are also light enough to work as curtains, drapes or blinds. The fabric is also often used for loose covers, for example on conservatory furniture, and for coordinating cushions. Maybe more so than our Darnia and Amelie collections, our Kingsley collection also sits well in a more contemporary interior design scheme.

Darnia is a smart, fresh collection of timeless printed cotton fabric, inspired by 18th and 19th century documents of English and French Origin. Within this collection is Landora, a smart houndstooth checked fabric, which complements the other florals and adds a new dimension to a classic theme. Described by many of our customers as a classic country house fabric collection, our Darnia fabrics have been used across numerous residential and contract interior design schemes and work beautifully as bedroom, living room, lounge, study and bathroom curtains. Given that some of the designs are suitable for general domestic upholstery, they also lend themselves well to re-upholstering suites and other furniture and for loose covers.

The Amelie collection is a range of timeless printed cotton fabrics. Seven designs, including a co-ordinating strié (striped fabric), capture a look that is elegant yet understated. Like the Darnia collection, Amelie’s classic and versatile designs lend themselves to numerous residential and contract soft furnishings. They have been used for bedroom, living room and dining room curtaining and for hotel and guesthouse decoration and upholstery.

In terms of stock level we aim to retain a 97% stock of all of our collections. Please call or email to check stock levels of the design and colourway required.