Animal prints are rocking the general Textile industry of late. Textile and Furniture designers freely use animal prints and natural textures in upholstery, window treatments, wall-coverings, bedding, rugs and accessories.
Animal prints can be real pacesetters and are aesthetically striking as accents in Home décor, adding a lively feel and that touch of class. The Fashion world applies them liberally to shoes, accessories, purses, scarves, and more.
Women’s apparel, lingerie, swimwear, hosiery and night-ware also come with very stylish applications of Animal prints.  And according to a resent MSN article, animal prints are on the very top 5 most popular pattterns.
In men’s fashion, Animal prints show up in shoes, belts and traditional leather office goods, with reptile and ostrich patterns the most popular. In kids and baby fashion animal prints are just plain fun, and have a cozy and a playful attitude.

Besides the well loved, classic Leopard, Zebra or Snake skin patterns, animal prints can come in a tone-on-tone look, and in an assortment of colors, textures, different motifs and pattern combinations. Animal prints have expanded into all Reptile prints, as well as Tiger, Gazelle, Ostrich, Giraffe, Jaguar, Cow, and Cheetah prints, to name a few, and are available in a variety of materials and fabrics, including luscious silks, suede, cut velvets, soft chenille, crisp linens, comfortable cottons, faux furs and animal skin replicas.

Designer’s Tip:

Unless you are trying to create a “Jungle or Safari” theme, animal prints should be used with moderation.
If you want them to be a focal point, they should be coordinated with solids and, rarely, with very well selected complimentary prints. Natural textures, on the contrary, can be used anywhere to enrich your design palette.

Animal Print Essentials offers a variety of media applications in Animal print and Natural textures, and in Stone, Glass, Tortoise, Seashell, Gem-stones and other Natural materials.

A Note from Maria: Why Animal Prints?

Why Animal Prints? is a common question I frequently get from friends and relatives.
What made you create such a site?
Here is the thing: As I live, I create.
I constantly have numerous ideas coming to me about everything and anything.
New projects, new designs, new concepts and improvements. People that know me have the impression that I am very creative, and all I can say is, there is a power, a force, that I just can’t ignore, that pushes me to the next project.

Being in design and retail I’ve wanted to have my own website for the longest time. In fact I have even envisioned a series of websites that eventually will include all the elements that I love and express through my work.

My Animal Print adventure begun in my early teens, when I took a trip with my family to South Africa. My uncle who lived there at the time had a close friend who owned a factory creating products from animal print designs. I was really impressed with the art, the craftsmanship and the possibilities.

As an adult, I still held the picture of those natural gorgeous designs. One day as I was driving to the grocery store the thought about an animal print web site came to me like a bang. Of course, as most of us do, I left it behind a few minutes later.
There is this voice that attempts to sabotage us by saying, “too busy”, “too difficult”, “no time”, “don’t know how to do that”, “not computer literate”, “no help”, “people will think I am strange,” and any other kind of resistance to pull us away from our dreams. And it did.

Months later, the idea came back and simply wouldn’t leave. The more it came the more strange and crazy it felt to me. Until one day, I knew I had to do it. The picture was completely unclear and the thoughts totally scattered. I didn’t know what to expect, how I could make it happen. But I knew it was the right time and I was ready to put out
the effort to make it a reality. In my quiet time, I prayed to make sure the animal prints was truly the right idea.

Animal prints began showing up almost daily: I would open a magazine to a random page and see a cow print chaise…On a family trip, the lady seating next to my husband was holding an animal print purse… The plane’s wall covering was zebra print … A little girl running up and down the aisle was carrying a leopard backpack …
The lady sitting next to me at the cafe shop was wearing a leopard giraffe jacket… A client showed up for an appointment wearing an animal print outfit … and on and on.

The rest is history. Tons of hours of research, reading and studying, learning technical things every day, working after hours, reaching out, a great team of partners, and huge support from my family, is pretty much the recipe.
I consider the entire process a journey of continuous learning and expanding. I couldn’t be more grateful for all the good that is happening!

 

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