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We get it—cotton, as those jingles sung by winsome lasses with flowing waves tell us, is the fabric of our lives. But what if you’re looking for something a bit color-outside-the-lines for your next custom home-decorating project? If you’re in the market for eclectic fabrics, we suggest you start here:


Carol Telfer Antiques

If antique and one-of-a-kind are what you’re looking for, make a stop at this New Brunswick, Canada–based seller. Carol’s a pro with four decades in the industry.


Fabric Guru

Run by a team of self-described “fabriholics” (which, we admit, sounds a little dirty, but we’re going with it, anyway) Fabric Guru has an inventory of more than 15,000 items, and sells by the yard and in precuts. Bonus: the prices are very fair, and the $4.99 shipping—no matter how much you buy—is a steal.


House of Fabric

This is the place to load up on big-name contemporary fabric-designer selections at wholesale prices and that are perfect for upholstery, slipcovers, and draperies.



There’s a reason this Manhattan Garment District mainstay has become a character in its own right on Project Runway: their selection is positively mind-boggling. Don’t forget the seemingly endless collection of notions and trims. And did we mention their adorable canine mascot, Swatch?


Susan Simon Design

Susan is constantly traveling to find the rarest textiles and accessories, making her collection as cultured as it is beautiful. She’s available by appointment in New York City and makes frequent appearances at textile shows.



Since 1846, Vlisco has been churning out insanely inventive Dutch Wax prints—the same material fashioned into effortlessly chic clothing in many parts of Africa, especially Nigeria, Ghana, and Togo.


Now share with the class. What are your favorite sources for eclectic fabrics?

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