Showtime is the upholstery textiles market that takes place twice each year in High Point, NC. This is where buyers from furniture companies select the fabrics that will appear on the sofas, chairs, ottomans and cushions in their showrooms at the next furniture market. That makes Showtime an important early read indicator of trends.
At the June 2013 Showtime, animal-skin patterns were on the rise. Whether printed or woven, authentically colored or in fantasy hues, faithfully rendered or abstract, animal skins were attracting buyers in one showroom after another.