a sofa at Kelmscott Studio, Stroud with beautiful textiles

When it comes to creating beautiful, high-quality upholstered furniture, curtains, and table linens, choosing the right fabric is crucial. The fabric you choose can make or break the final product, so it's important to source fabrics that are durable, high-quality, and aesthetically pleasing. But where can you find the best fabrics for your furniture upholstery, curtains, and table linens? In this blog post, we'll explore some of the best sources for fabric, so you can create stunning home decor that will last for years to come.

As far as decorating your home goes, it's easy to focus on the furniture, artwork, lighting and other decorative objects that you want to include in your space. But one often overlooked element of creating a home is textiles and fabric. From cushions to curtains, adding beautiful textiles to your interiors can make your space more comfortable, functional, and visually appealing. 

Many homes have a lot of hard surfaces, like wood or tile floors, brick walls, marble countertops and metal hardware. Bringing fabric and textiles into your home can soften these hard surfaces, making your space feel more welcoming and comfortable. An antique rug or a cosy blanket can add a touch of warmth and softness to an otherwise hard room.

Similarly, textiles are an affordable way of adding colour and texture. Deciding to paint a kitchen blue or a bedroom green can be daunting and expensive, yet a patterned cafe curtain or bold cushion is an easy way to complement your existing decor and be more daring with colour and pattern. Fabrics are also easily moved around, swapping a curtain, changing a lampshade or even a new set of tea towels is one way we can refresh our homes and make the space feel new and different. 

Here's our sourcebook for fabrics and tips on where to buy textiles for your home. 

Cloth House

A London-based business that has been trading for over 30 years and has established itself as a go-to destination for fashion designers, costumiers, and sewing enthusiasts alike. They offer an extensive range of fabrics, from classic silks and linens to contemporary prints and innovative materials. They also stock a wide selection of haberdashery, buttons, and trims to help you complete your project.  

Merchant & Mills

Merchant & Mills is a UK-based company that has become known for its high-quality fabrics and sewing supplies. Their fabrics are carefully curated to include a mix of natural fibres like cotton, linen, and wool. We love their use of colour and pattern, and in particular have a soft spot for their gingham linen for projects like cushions and napkins, and Indian cotton for frilly lampshades and cafe curtains. 



Fabric and home decor store Tinsmiths in Ledbury source their fabrics from some of the finest mills in the UK and Europe. They have a wide range of ticking (our favourite), check and upholstery fabrics as well as their range of original designs.

Tori Murphy Textiles

A British-based home textiles brand that specialises in creating unique and timeless designs for cushions, blankets, throws, and other home accessories. Founded in 2012 by Tori Murphy herself, the brand draws inspiration from traditional British weaving techniques, resulting in beautiful and durable products that are both contemporary and classic. We are particularly fond of the striped cotton in claret. 


Brisbane Moss

A renowned British textile mill that has been producing high-quality fabrics for over 140 years. They specialize in making luxury cloth from natural fibres such as wool, cotton, and cashmere, and are known for their impeccable quality and attention to detail. We love their moss-coloured velvet - a majestic fabric which would bring life to an old piece of furniture. 

East London Cloth

Located in the heart of the East End of London, this fabric merchant has a small but perfectly formed collection. Buy by the metre if you have a project in mind, or make life easier with their 'curtains by post' service. We love a cafe curtain in a bathroom window to add a little privacy, or a counter curtain under your kitchen sink to hide those messy areas. 


Antique fairs, flea markets, charity shops, eBay and Etsy

Purchasing vintage fabrics can be a time-consuming task, but if you have that magpie nature about you it's a fulfilling way to find beautiful one-off pieces. Use your imagination and consider creating a curtain from an old French linen tablecloth, cushions from an heirloom quilt, a stair runner from a kilim rug, or simply hanging special pieces on the wall as artwork.


March 21, 2023 — Alice Paling