Behind The Threads: Reimagining Ropani

Jesse Bratter

13 April 2022


From the Archives: An Old Favorite Gets A New Look



In 1994, S. Harris launched a silky fabric called Ropani. Then crafted from 100 percent silk and rendered in shades like Antique, Ivory, Almond and Paprika, the textiles featured paisley embellishments, ornate scrollwork, and subtle striping. It’s been a favorite among S. Harris’s collections for its soft touch and intricate details. But this year, as S. Harris embarks on a new journey with Design En Rogue—a line of textiles that reexamines the way collections are pulled together and brought to fruition—the fabric house has decided to reach back into the archives and reimagine Ropani.



S. Harris is a heritage brand in more ways than one. Its parent company, Fabricut, began its story 60-plus years ago in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where two friends and Holocaust survivors Joe Finer and Harry Guterman ultimately set up shop. Today, their two sons, David Finer and Michael Guterman, continue to helm the storied fabric house with a team of executives. Likewise, S. Harris enjoys a rich history that started back in 1906 under Sol Harris. Fabricut has since taken on the role of continuing S. Harris’s century-old story, with Finer’s daughter, Jodi Finer, steering the creative direction of this bespoke brand that embraces designing with purpose and thinking outside of the box. Digging into the archives and giving new life to an old fabric is S. Harris’s way of honoring a heritage fabric for a heritage brand.RopaniGraphic_1WEBOLD IS NEW AGAIN

The new Ropani has the same sheen, the same twinkle in its eye. But this time, it’s bolder. It’s richer. The texture even more delicious. (Its composition has been slightly tweaked to add viscose and acrylic.) And a more defined pattern modernizes it for any interior scheme. That spicy Paprika is now a crisp Burnt Fresco. We’re elevating the flavor of Antique by going Dijon. And vintage Ivory and Almond are now a timeless Porcelain. Flint, Lapis Blue and Denim are joining the comeback party too. Whether you’re using Ropani fabric as draperies, pillows, upholstery or linens, there’s no limit to how Ropani can be woven into your home and help you express your own narrative. “We are looking to build a bridge into the past,” Jodi says of her plans to continue digging into the archives and re-tell those heritage stories. “We’re looking at our best sellers to explore what we want to reinvent for the future.”
















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Jesse Bratter

Jesse Bratter is an editor, writer and interiors stylist living in South Florida after a quick stint in Manhattan. Formerly an editor for Luxe Interiors + Design, Florida Design and The Miami Herald, Jesse’s contributions include Architectural Digest, Domino, Art Basel Magazine, Hospitality Design, and more. She styles photoshoots for homes and luxury resorts, and co-founded the online lifestyle marketplace In The Pursuit and content destination STORY.

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