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We are interested in what fabric can bring to life. Our blog is a celebration of the lifestyle, culture and design that influences what we do.

Since 2012, Zepel has established a strong and dynamic partnership with renowned French interior décor company, Texdecor Group. In the forefront of superior furnishings and design, Texdecor comprises of 7 brands across 5 specialisations. Zepel are incredibly fortunate to represent the brand Casamance, which creates reimagined classic and contemporary furnishings that surpass standards in quality and current trends in design and manufacturing. The achievements of Casamance and Texdecor, is steeped in 400 years of history, and centuries of refined tradition paved by the sheer determination of the Motte family lineage.       

The textiles industry in 17th century France was commonly run by families in their homes, where the weavers were the energy behind the creation of fabrics. The Motte family during this time were renowned merchant manufacturers of wool in the city of Lille. Being located in the North of France, which became the largest manufacturing and trading area between Europe and England, gave the business a firm advantage. However, it was the foresight and ingenuity of visionaries from the family, and the automated advances from the industrial revolution that secured the continuation of the brand to the success it has become today.

In late 2019, we ran a fabulous competition to win a custom made Molmic couch covered in our brilliant stain resistant fabric, FibreGuard.

With entries received all over New Zealand and Australia, only three couches were up for grabs. Each entrant was asked to give us their reason for why they needed a new stain resistant couch.

There was an overwhelming response of humorous stories and heart felt reasons for why a new couch would bring joy to people and their families. It was great to see so many people deeply involved in why the right couch was so important to them and their families.

“Which way does the stripe run?” One of the most frequently asked questions we receive both in our showrooms, and over the phone. It is a question that can be easily confused, especially when interpreting fabric specifications from a small sample and how that translates to a roll of fabric.

FR-One Fire Retardant Fabric is the industry-leader in Inherently Fire-Retardant (IFR) furnishing fabrics for commercial and residential use globally.

A ‘pill’ or more commonly known as a bobble, fuzz ball, or lint ball is a small ball of fibres that form on the face of a piece of fabric.  It is caused by abrasion on the surface and is considered unsightly as it makes fabrics look worn.

We speak with Evan Monetero from Melbourne-based DIY Blinds, who are invigorating the window treatments industry with their unique sales strategy.  DIY Blinds works with customers across Australia in the residential market and are strong ambassadors of the Zepel Fabrics range.

Our product designers build their vision and design cues through being in-tune with dominant global trends and how they are translated into our local culture and environment. Inspiration comes from a variety of channels such as international fashion, product and interior design, art and architecture and attending key trade and lifestyle events.

Textiles play a major role in the absorption of sound within everyday spaces such as your home, the office, hotels and conference centres.  With the movement toward minimalist spaces and the noises generated within them, the management of sound has become of utmost importance particularly in the design of public spaces.