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Hello all,


David Coffin forwarded your question to me, so I will do my best to shed light on why the fabric is printed off grain.  Is it common? unfortunately yes when the fabrics are less expensive it is quite common.  If you choose to use this fabric for draperies, you must focus on the the print hanging visually straight because that is what will be noticeable when you look at the draperies. 


Most fabric stores that carry these under $20 per yard fabrics, are buying discontinued or imperfect goods because they are cheaper.  In the interiors world, this price is the very bottom of the line and therefore more frought with imperfections.  The designer showrooms that display higher quality goods also are more high priced.  F. Schumacher, Lee Jofa, Stroheim and Romann, Scalamandre and many others have prints with 10 to 15 colors and are perfectly registered and nearly always printed on the straight grain.  They also can range in price from $40 to $130 dollars a yard retail.  I have also seen very expensive hand printed fabrics that are terribly off grain, so price is not always a guarrantee. 


Hope this helps, and good luck with your project.


Laurel Sprigg