Matisse was a passionate textile collector and Windsor Smith seems to nab interesting pieces when she can, too. I don't want to spoil the fun for all the House Beautiful subscribers who haven't yet received the September issue, so I won't post any more pictures from the story on Windsor's house, but one thing to look out for is her use of amazing vintage Indian and Moroccan fabrics as upholstery (specifically she used a bedspread to cover a classic Chippendale-style sofa). Presumably, no one else has a sofa that looks just like hers.
Whether online or at brick-and-mortar antique shops, it's always a challenge to hunt for older textiles that are still in good enough condition to be used as upholstery. Although they are located across the ocean in England, I enjoy browsing Anglo-Oriental Antiques and Joss Graham, just to get ideas. Marla Mallett is a local source. (A word of caution: many collectors would consider the rarest antique offerings to be too precious for upholstery.) Below, one of dealer Mallett's Swat Valley cushion covers from Pakistan, done with silk embroidery on cotton.
Shown at the top of this post, more early-20th-century tribal textiles from Pakistan used as pillows at Anglo-Oriental Antiques.
I found this tie-dyed fabric, described as vintage Japanese, on Etsy.
Schuyler Samperton used sari panels as curtains. Photo by Paul Costello, domino, April 2007.
Anthropologie's Marrakech curtain is similar to the bedspread Windsor used to cover her sofa.
Related reading: Matisse, His Art and His Textiles. See also the Met's exhibition page.
Click here for past Marrakech-related posts. (Keep scrolling down for Windsor's earlier living room.) Shown above is a still from the Andy Spade and Anthony Sperduti short film for J Crew, The Exchange.