British Woven, Natural Fabrics

Our collection of Ian Mankin natural fabrics in a range of classic striped, checked, patterned and plain designs are available in a subtle yet contemporary colour palette that has the ability to endure changing trends.

All our fabrics are beautifully designed and woven using natural cotton, linen and wool at our own weaving mill in Lancashire, the home of UK textiles and a place of pride and heritage.


Choosing the Best Upholstery Material

Plain or pattern? Wool, cotton or linen? Neutral or bold? Exhausting – we know. Choosing the right upholstery material is a daunting task. Don’t get your fabrics in a twist! Use our expert guide to help you make the perfect choice.

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Fabric FAQS

What does Martindale Rubs mean?

The Martindale is also known as the Rub Test, which is a measure of the durability of a fabric.

Fabrics are categorised depending on their test results, based on a set breakdown criteria and recorded on a scale: Light Domestic (10,000 to 15,000 rubs), General Domestic (15,000 to 25,000 rubs), Heavy Domestic (25,000 to 30,000) and General Contract (30,000 +).

Do your fabrics fade in light or when washed?

All the dyes used by Ian Mankin have a lightfastness of 4 or over on a scale of 1-5.

Please note that undyed natural fibres such as linen, cotton and viscose have a lightfastness of only 2 and so may fade when exposed to strong light over a period of time.

The dyes used in fabrics that are marked as washable at 30 degrees C should not fade as long as optical brighteners are not contained in the detergents.

Please note that undyed natural fibres such as linen, cotton and viscose may lighten in colour when washed.

Caution should be taken when spot cleaning natural fibres as colour may leach to form watermarks.

What is the minimum meterage I can order?

The minimum order length is 1 metre, and goes up in increments of 1cm. This applies to fabrics and braids.

What do the care codes on your website stand for?

 Do not bleach

 Do not tumble dry

 Do not machine wash

 Suitable for dry cleaning, consult specialist dry cleaning service

 Suitable for dry cleaning

 Iron on low heat (max 100°C)

 Machine wash (gentle cycle) 30°C

 Machine wash (gentle cycle) 40°C

Do your fabrics shrink?

Most fabrics, especially those made from natural fibres, have a tendency to shrink when washed, dry cleaned or from atmospheric conditions. Shrinkage during washing can be in the range of 5-10%. To minimise shrinkage we would recommend dry cleaning.

We would advise that an allowance is made for shrinkage when making curtains, covers and other items. We recommend that only companies experienced in cleaning furnishing fabrics are used.

How do I work out how many metres of fabric I need for curtains and blinds?

Please visit the ‘Quantity Calculator’ section on our website (located on the product listing page) for an approximate quantity of fabric needed.

What happens if I want to see a larger sample of fabric than your small swatches?

Larger returnable samples of approx. half a metre long, full width fabric can be ordered. A charge of £20 each is made for these and this will be refunded as long as the sample is received back in good condition within 28 days of order. Please contact our London showroom on 020 7722 0997, if you require a returnable sample.

Where do you make your fabrics?

All of our UK woven fabrics are made in our family-owned mill in Burnley, Lancashire.

What do I do if I get a stain on my oilcloth?

Wipe the stain immediately and if the stain does not come out then try using some spray bleach and rub gently into the area. Once completed wipe the area infected to remove the bleach.


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If you’d like to find out more about how our fabrics are made or to have your very own tour of our Lancashire weaving mill, please get in touch with us.

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