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Animal Print Patterns – A World of Elegance and Fun

A lovely way to bring some fun into home furnishings can be through the use of designs recalling the animal kingdom. Products that make use of animal print patterns and designs are a lovely way of providing a view of the natural world in the home.

A host of top designers recognise the enjoyment to be had from elegant and artistic interpretations of animal shapes. Here are a selection of great bedding, cushions, rugs and throws that combine superlative comfort with print patterns inspired by the world's animals.

Celebrate the wonder of bees in the running of the world and its eco-system with the fantastic Bees Bedding. Produced and designed by Sophie Allport, the beautifully soft brushed cotton of the bedding is made up of a 200 thread count offering excellent comfort. The bedding set, including duvet cover and Oxford pillowcases, is highlighted by beautiful bees dotted against a green background. The reverse side has a pattern of pale horizontal stripes.  Available in various sizes, this is a lovely collection for relaxing in the bedroom while paying tribute to an important member of the animal world.

Kids can get in on the action too with the Animal Rug, Theo Tiger. Made by Södahl, the rug is perfect for a bedroom or living room. The exciting and playful rug offers a cute look and vibrant colouring of orange and black. Shaped to look like a tiger lying down, Theo is a sleepy big cat designed for restful times!  Produced using organic cotton, the rug includes a strong latex coating on the bottom to grip to even slippery floors. Measuring at 62 x 120cm, the rug is generous for most little ones to stretch out in comfort.

Another exotic animal, the zebra, is represented in the pattern of the Descamps Canopée Zebra Throw, 130x180cm. Offering a wonderfully soft and warm woolen blend, the throw is also strong and durable. Recalling the stripes of the zebra in charcoal and black, the stylish throw makes a lovely addition to any room in the home. Great for positioning on a chair or sofa, or as an extra layer of warmth on the bed, the throw is both practical and stylish.

Another offering from Sophie Allport that doffs a cap to many people's favourite animal is the Woof Duvet Set. This lovely collection  brings out striking illustrations of Jack Russells, Spaniels, Pugs, Labradors and Dachshunds to great effect. Filling the space of the fine beige cotton fabric of the the bedding, the illustrations are a cheering sight for any dog-lover. Soft, durable and luxurious, the duvet set is available in all sizes and includes Oxford pillowcases too. A real treat for relaxing with our canine buddies.