A design feature of Art Deco with highly dubious origins! During the 1930s, African safaris and big game hunting were all the rage. As a result, animal skins and ivory began to appear in homes.
Thankfully, the guns used to hunt big game have been replaced with cameras and real animal skins have been replaced with animal prints.
Modern manufacturing techniques can accurately recreate these fantastic patterns without hurting the beautiful creatures that inspired them.
It's not just 'big game' inspired patterns and materials that have found a place in Art Deco culture, tortoiseshell and mother of pearl shell were also widely used.