Time to take a mini-vacation. From Josef Frank's Stockholm shop to Liberty of London on Regent Street to Marche Saint Pierre in Paris, we've gathered some of the best "destination" textile showrooms from around the world. This is just a starter list — add your favorite high-end fabric shops in the comments.
- Svenskt Tenn: Stockholm
Josef Frank and Estrid Ericson worked together at this fabric and furniture store, which remains today a bastion of Swedish modernism.
- Liberty of London: London
The "quintessential English emporium," Liberty has been around for 135 years. In addition to its own collection of fabrics, the shop sells clothing, cosmetics, housewares, and furniture.
- Emery & Cie: Brussels
This store's flagship is in Brussels, with other locations in London, Paris, and throughout Europe. Romantic and full of saturated color, the shop specializes in gorgeous paint, tile, wallpaper, carpets, fabrics and furnishings.
- Marche Saint Pierre: Paris
Probably the most famous shop on this list, the Marche Saint Pierre is one of the world's largest fabric stores, with five floors of textiles.
- BHV: Paris
The second oldest department store in Paris, it's located across from the Hôtel de Ville and has a floor devoted to home decor and fabrics.
- Fog Linen Work: Tokyo
Run by Yumiko Sekine, this designer linen shop supplies minimalist fabrics to modern US stores like Design Within Reach, The Gardener, Pod, Horne, and Brook Farm General Store.
- Nalli Chinnasami Chetty: South India
Over 75 years old, this store has five floors of high-quality silk saris and home decor fabrics. The flagship store remains in Chennai, but there are also outlets in Mumbai, Bangalore, and Dehli.
- Purl Soho: New York
A favorite of Martha Stewart's, this Soho craft shop is stacked floor-to-ceiling with color-coordinated yarns, quilting squares, and bolts of designer fabrics.
- The Marimekko Shop at Crate & Barrel: New York
I could have named the Marimekko shop in Finland, but being a New Yorker who works in the neighborhood, I'm most excited about the new Marimekko shop-in-shop that recently opened at Crate & Barrel in Soho.
- Maharam Showroom: New York
This to-the-trade showroom on the Upper East Side was designed by Fernlund + Logan Architects to reflect Maharam's minimal, highbrow style.