Fabrics, Walls & Floors
Johnstons of Elgin
The finest home fabrics made in Scotland

Johnstons of Elgin designs and weaves the finest cashmere and wool products. Established in 1797 by Alexander Johnston, the brand remains true to its founding principles: to produce superior quality textiles with outstanding craftsmanship using the finest natural fibres. It is these fibres that are at the core of the business, and the fabrics and throws that the company supplies to some of the world’s most luxurious homes and boutique hotels.

 

Founded on the banks of the River Lossie in Scotland, Alexander Johnston set up the Elgin mill to start a legacy of fine artistry and exquisite fabric. The business today is family run and employs 700 people at its mill in Elgin, which focuses on producing the brand’s woven pieces; at the mill in Hawick, 300 employees make the knitted items. It remains the only manufacturer in Scotland that has the capability to take natural fibres through from their raw state to a luxurious end product, using a combination of traditional methods and modern technology.

 

The brand recently won the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Sustainable Development category for its 360-degree approach to sustainability

Johnstons of Elgin believes in continuously innovating. From experimenting with fibres to investing in ground-breaking technology, such an approach ensures that it can deliver the highest quality products year after year. The company sources only the finest raw fibres available for their own-label home interiors and fabric collections.

 

Working with natural fibres is part of Johnstons of Elgin’s commitment to sustainability. Items made from natural fibres shed less and are biodegradable. As a founding member of the Sustainable Fibre Alliance, it works to restore grasslands and ensure the wellbeing of animals, whilst also securing herders’ livelihoods. It also supports the Australian Merino wool industry and is certified to use Responsible Wool Standard yarns for some of its products.

 

The location of the mills in the heart of Scotland provides further opportunities to improve its sustainability credentials: natural spring water enables the business to use fewer chemicals in its processes while a high proportion of the country’s energy comes from wind farms and hydroelectric dams. As Johnstons of Elgin carries out all its processes on site, it has full control over what goes into the products. The brand recently won the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Sustainable Development category for its 360-degree approach to sustainability.

 

The balance of heritage and tradition with modern design and innovation is what makes Johnstons of Elgin’s story so unique. The company draws on its archives as well as on the experience gained over the last two centuries to ensure that it continues to produce the most luxurious products of exceptional quality. Whether for fashion or home, every item is designed and made with longevity in mind, celebrating craftsmanship of new and old.

 

New fabrics Cascade Wool Linen Twill and Fresco Wool Linen Textures launch this autumn. The combination of lambswool and linen in both results in a super soft texture that makes them ideal for upholstery, drapery and accessories. Often perceived as opposites, these natural fibres are inherently temperature-regulating and suitable for almost any climate. Benefiting from the versatility of their natural composition, these new lambswool linen fabrics also offer fantastic longevity and style.

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