|Regal Fabrics History
Regal Fabrics was started in 1987 by Herbert and Arlene Kahan to bring European upholstery fabrics to American furniture manufacturers and fabric distributors. This was a time when the high quality and reasonable prices of European fabrics, especially classically styled tapestries, were gaining popularity throughout America, but were not readily available due to long lead times and frequently, unreliable sources. As a result, despite the wide acceptance of the styles, adoption of these fabrics by major home furnishing manufacturers was relatively low at that time.
The positive features of European fabrics - superior quality, innovative styling, and attractive prices - were creating a great deal of interest in the late eighties, despite the difficult nature of acquiring these fabrics. Regal Fabrics solved the problems and made European fabrics more widely available by keeping a substantial inventory position and developing an effective, hands-on inventory management system to reduce lead times. In fact, the company has always prided itself on shipping most orders from stock. Usually, customers received their goods in two weeks or less. People began to notice that Regal could often deliver European fabrics more quickly than competitors weaving in America!
Regal Fabrics built on their niche and became known as "The Tapestry Source," displaying a large banner over the booth at trade shows to let customers know "If you're looking for tapestries, you should be looking at Regal Fabrics."
Regal Fabrics' original Showtime space at Market Square, High Point, NC.
By 1996, Regal Fabrics had become a proven supplier to many of the most important fabric buyers in the world. The company became known for friendly customer service, quick delivery, and attention to detail. Regal was also gaining notoriety for its collection of tapestries ranging from sophisticated classic designs to whimsical novelties with themes such as Children of the World, Wine Bottles, Sea Shells and Golf Scenes.
Over time, Regal Fabrics has developed a great partnership with the company's contract weaving mills and designers. The most important resources are in Italy, where there is a unique fusion of European design heritage and state-of-the-art textile technology. In fact, most jacquard looms used in mills around the world are manufactured in Italy. Regal Fabrics' mills are often the first to apply new technologies, such as the latest high speed double-width air jet looms that can handle a wide range of yarn types. The Italians also have a strong heritage of hands-on family-run textile businesses that complement Regal's own business philosophy.
As a result of this partnership with its suppliers, Regal Fabrics has become a source of unique and innovative new fabric styles. These creative efforts continue to expand. Our coordinated collections, "The High Sierras Collection", "The Passage to India Collection", "The Coastal Living Collection" and "The Greenhouse Collection," represent a combination of fabric designs and styles conceived around a common theme.
Regal Fabrics today is larger, but remains a family-run business. Herbert Kahan is President and Arlene Kahan is Treasurer. Steven Kahan is Vice President for Product Development, Sales and Marketing. Ronda Kahan Wilson is Vice President for Operations and Marketing. The company has a highly respected team of senior sales representatives throughout the USA and a dedicated and growing home office team. The Product Development staff is augmented by over twenty independent textile designers, artists and stylists who contribute from many parts of the world. The company displays at most major trade shows and now has a new permanent showroom in High Point, NC, the furniture capital of the United States.
Regal Fabrics' new Highpoint, N.C. showroom recently won the Honor Award,
the highest award given, for showroom design excellence.