I dropped by a delightful fabric store yesterday—Rubenni Textiles. It’s hard to find at first, since it’s a tiny shop tucked unobtrusively on the ground floor of a building that’s a bit off the Kalayaan Avenue area in Makati. But once you get to find it, you’ll be rewarded with rows upon rows of fabulous interior fabrics in its barebones but absolutely cozy showroom.
For starters, they have exceptionally beautiful, designer-looking fabrics in rich colors like eggplant, mustard, and teal in reasonable prices—they have one line that ranges from P100+ to P550 a yard (mostly 60-width). I especially like the cherry blossom-damask fabric Wasabi, in a beautiful sage green, which goes for only P300/yard.
But the best part is that unlike other fabric stores that are strictly high-high or low-low, Rubenni also carries JAB Anstoetz, a line of luxurious, mostly classical European fabrics that are still used in houses of royalty. I remember using JAB working on a home of a certain billionaire prince of an oil-rich Asian country way back then. They also have the bright, candy-colored collections of UK fabric line Designers Guild by Tricia Guild. This is Designers Guild’s Taillandier fabric on the cover of the French home magazine Maison Française:
It was all so sosyal Coni and I were still talking about it while eating lunch in the turo-turo right in front of the shop.
Rubenni Textiles is located at Eduque cor. Salamanca Sts., Poblacion, Makati City. Fabric photos by At Maculangan.