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B & J Fabrics

525 Seventh Ave., at 38th St.; 212-354-8150;

Thousands of fabrics are meticulously organized by type (silks, Liberty of London cottons, tweeds), print (geometric, animal, floral), and color. With a focus on European fabrics and high-end natural fibers, the store is popular among everyone from amateur sewers to top interior designers. $$-$$$

Chelsea Textiles

232 E. 59th St., nr. Second Ave.; 212-758-0005;

Newer isn’t always better. With that mantra in mind, this luxury fabric company began creating handmade reproductions of textiles from the 17th and 18th centuries for antique pieces and traditional homes. Since its founding, the company has expanded into more current fabric designs and mid-century-modern furniture. $$$ (trade-only)

The City Quilter

133 W. 25th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-807-0390;

Quilter has more than 4,000 fabrics in all, focusing on cotton prints and ranging from traditional florals to hand-dyed batiks. Quilting patterns and embellishments are also on hand. $-$$

Claremont Furnishing

979 Third Ave., nr. 58th St., Ste. 1405 in the Decoration & Design Building; 212-486-1252;

Although all of its textiles are new, Claremont specializes in fabrics made by small companies on old looms to avoid a mass-produced feel. Most are available in custom colors. $$$ (trade-only)

Clarence House

979 Third Ave., nr. 58th St., Ste. 205 in the Decoration & Design Building; 212-752-2890;

Art director Kazumi Yoshida oversees the production of the elegant in-house line, from design to manufacture to display. Additional lines from Etro, Toiles de Jouy, and Neisha Crosland are available. $$$ (trade-only)


979 Third Ave., nr. 58th St., Ste. 700 in the Decoration & Design Building; 212-935-3713;

At this location, Donghia sells only what it makes: chic, sharp designs that speak to both modern and traditional tastes. Indian silks, Scottish woolens, and Belgian linens are prominent in its collections. The Bond Street series of upholstered seating includes a sofa, an ottoman, and a club chair. $$$ (trade-only)

Fiber Notion

849 Union St., at Seventh Ave., Park Slope; 718-230-4148;

This narrow store with clean white walls is easy to overlook, but it holds a surprising array of innovative, high-quality items and hosts fee-based individual sewing lessons and two-student classes—often in retro arts like knitting and crocheting, or embroidery. $$

Habu Textiles

99 Madison Ave., nr. 29th St., Ste. 503 888-667-4030, ext. 102;

Habu is a showroom for one-of-a-kind, handwoven and hand-dyed textiles from Asia (with a focus on Japan), France, and the United States. A side room has yarns in colors like oatmeal and grass green. Knitting and crochet garment kits are also available. $$-$$$

Joe's Fabrics

102 Orchard St., nr. Delancey St.; 212-674-7089;

The draw here is the exceptional deals on opulent fabrics, trims, and tassels from the United States, Europe, and Asia. Joe’s also offers custom upholstery, drapery, and pillows. $$-$$$ (consulting services)

John Robshaw Textiles

245 W. 29th St., nr. Eighth Ave., Ste. 1501; 212-594-6006;

The Indian-inspired textiles, furniture, and accessories in this souk-inspired showroom are all handmade. Block-print wall hangings adorn the space, and there’s a selection of colorful bedding that evokes exotic travel. $$$ (by appointment only)


200 Lexington Ave., nr. 32nd St., Ste. 401–02; 212-725-0340;

A leader in to-the-trade fabrics and a favorite of high-end shelter magazines, Kravet produces a full line of fabrics for windows and upholstery as well as wallpaper, furniture, and carpets. $$$ (trade-only)

Les Toiles Du Soleil

261 W. 19th St., nr. Eighth Ave.; 212-229-4730;

Rainbow-colored stripes abound at this French fabric shop, which stocks custom home furnishings as well as a cheery array of ready-made pillows, vivid table linens, and beach-ready espadrilles. $$

Miriam Ellner

526 W. 26th St., nr. Tenth Ave., Ste. 702; 212-807-6316;

Ellner’s small team specializes in the art of verre églomisé, a complicated technique by which precious metals are gilded on the reverse side of glass. Her custom overlays can be affixed to any surface—walls, ceilings, tables, glass paintings, mirrors, and even elevator cabs—to evoke a stately, old-world feel. Ellner prefers to work through designers and architects, but will deal directly with the public as well. $$$

Mood Designer Fabrics

225 W. 37th St., nr. Seventh Ave., third fl.; 212-730-5003;

Mood has one of the city’s most extensive selections of designer upholstery and trims. It’s a go-to source for budget-stretched Parsons and F.I.T. students, big-name designers, and everyone in between. $$

Muriel Favaro

150 Bay St., nr. Marin Blvd., Ste. 802, Jersey City, N.J.; 917-796-1585;

“Clean, elegant, and witty” is how Swiss-born artist and designer Favaro describes her silkscreen-printed textiles. Her modernist aesthetic is evident in her bright-color geometric prints, which she applies to pillows, home accessories, totes, and pouches. $$-$$$

Pierre Frey

979 Third Ave., nr. 58th St., Ste. 1611 in the Decoration & Design Building; 212-421-0534;

This French house of fabrics and wallpaper also sells a small selection of furniture and accessories that is tasteful, clean, classic, and high quality. $$$

Roberta Roller Rabbit

1019 Lexington Ave., at 73rd St.; 212-772-7200;

This line of hand-blocked fabrics, an offshoot of owner Roberta Freymann’s apparel company, was named after an Indian fable and channels all the warmth and whimsy of a Hamptons summer. Expect bright colors, bold graphics, and impeccable craftsmanship. $$$

Royal Sari House

264 Fifth Ave., at 29th St.; 212-679-0732

Come here for luminous Indian textiles that will breathe exoticism into any apartment. The bolts of brightly colored silks that line the walls can be used for scarves and other garments. $$$

Warp Designs

9 White St., nr. Varet St., Ste. 203, Bushwick; 718-388-6424;

The loom-literate will recall that it’s the warp, not the weft, that acts as the structural foundation for a piece of fabric. This shop offers upholstery in designer fabrics and made-to-order drapes and throw pillows. $$$ (consulting services, by appointment only)

Wolf Home

936 Broadway, at 22nd St.; 800-220-1893;

Wolf has fine textiles—silks, velvets, and crewels— in vivid colors and patterns, all meticulously designed from beginning to end by owner Warren Kay. Window treatments, furniture, and decorative items are also available. $$$

Zarin Fabrics

69 Orchard St., nr. Grand St.; 212-925-6112;

If you’re feeling do-it-yourself, the store will supply you with hardware and trims; if you’d rather leave it to the professionals, the staff will step up to help with custom projects. $$-$$$


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