Vintage or reproduction barkcloth is a wonderful fabric for mid century rooms. I particularly like it for draperies and coordinating pillows — be sure to get upholstery weight. I have experience with at least three barkcloths on the market today — and currently, we count five places to buy vintage style reproduction barkcloth.
OUT OF BUSINESS. And what a shame. These fabrics were the best of the bunch (which is why they were also the most costly).
The first two images above are (or were) from Full Swing Textiles. UPDATE Jan. 2015: Get this while you can, they are going out of business! Tip: If you buy, be sure to get the discount code from their homepage and use it on checkout. They have a wonderful, wide selection of barkcloth styles — from tropicals and botanicals to 1950s googie atomic… to Adirondack camp style…. to solids and stripes. Their fabrics are not cheap — but they sent me a whole bundle of swatches last year, and oh my, they are the real deal.
Diamonhead Fabrics seems to be a motherlode for designs also sold elsewhere. Before making a big purchase you are going to want to see samples and do research on durability, colorfastness and hand remembering that, usually, you get what you pay for. Link: Diamondhead Fabrics.
UPDATE: This company does not seem to have any barkcloth stock currently (March 2016). Search “barkcloth” to see if this changes. Link: Tonic Living fabrics.
J&O is a big online retailer, and they have a number of designs to look at, too — many of them also seem to come from Diamondhead, but there’s this black one (above) that seems to be left from some earlier printing somewhere else. Link: J&O Fabrics.
And above: New in 2015: Four designs, eight colorways from Jessica Jones.
And this year: Four more designs from Jessica Jones.
Of course, when it comes to draperies… or for fabric for pillows… you also can put your vibes out there and wait for the retro decorating gods to send some vintage your way — eBay and etsy are also good places to stalk.