We're celebrating the launch of new collection of cushions that have been woven on the Isle of Bute by world class weavers Bute Fabrics.
As part of a quest for making beautiful, British products we've worked with a fabric that is contemporary take on traditional fabric.
We were first captivated by the range of fabrics 10 years ago working in collaboration with interior designer Martin Vicker. We had the opportunity to visit the factory and see how this inspirational fabric was made in the beautiful location off the West coast of Scotland. SInce then, we've not been able to get it out of heads and hearts.
Situated within the Firth of Clyde, Bute is steeped in history. There is an astonishing array of different landscapes: heather-covered moorland, lush rolling hills, wild forests, sweeping beaches and an ever-changing seascape. These ready-made palettes of vibrant colours and textures provide a continual source of inspiration their fabrics.
Originally established as an 'Isle of Bute Industries' to provide employment for demobbed servicemen and women returning at the end of the Second World War, Bute Fabrics is now a world class fabric weaver.
Scotland has a long history of weaving the country's rugged and mountainous landscape whilst not ideal for growing crops, suited sheep farming and wool production has been active throughout the isles and mainland for centuries. Sadly scotland does not produce the volume of wool it once did but it still has proud weaving tradition producing some of the finest fabrics in the world.
Wool and Scotland's weaving traditions are as much a part of the landscape as the moss, heather and mountains that make this place so special.