The Gainsborough Silk Weaving Company

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  • A visit to The Gainsborough Silk Weaving Company custom-built mill is like stepping back in time. Oak framed looms dating back to the 1920s operate alongside modern Jacquard models. Threads from countless bobbins stream through the air to be tenderly wound onto a large wooden spool by hand. The craftsmanship and time invested in every length of cloth is remarkable.

     

    A bit about our story

    Gainsborough was established in 1903 by an enterprising weaver, Reginald Warner, in Sudbury, the town we still call home. The business moved to its present location in 1924.

    Warner had been on several Grand Tours and amassed an extraordinary collection of inspirational fabrics. It was from this collection that he began to build up the famous Gainsborough Archive. This easily exceeds 5,000 designs today.

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    Awarded the Royal Warrant in 1980, the company has produced fabrics for Royal palaces, state buildings and grand residences. Our tradition of creating fabrics of enduring quality carries on today.

    But Gainsborough’s reputation is for innovation and design. And you are as likely to find our products on a Parisian catwalk as in a stately home. Our designs span the full breadth of creative expression, from the very traditional to the thoroughly avant-garde.

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