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Furnishing fabric

Furnishing fabric

  • Place of origin:

    Carlisle (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1951 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Edinburgh Weavers (manufacturers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woven wool

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sara Lee Courtaulds

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Edinburgh Weavers was founded in 1928 by the textile manufacturer James Morton (1867-1943) as an experimental design and marketing unit of Morton Sundour Fabrics. Originally based in Edinburgh, the firm merged with Morton Sundour Fabrics' weaving factory in Carlisle in 1931. They achieved success in the UK and US under the enlightened directorship of Alastair Morton (1910-63), who commissioned freelance designers and artists to produce work for interpretation as printed and woven fabrics. Following Alastair Morton's death, Edinburgh Weavers was taken over by Courtaulds in 1963.

Physical description

Woven wool, machine-sewn top and cut bottom edges, design of tufted squares in orange-red on beige twill-woven ground. Woven EW label : "Quality Special Tufting on Peterhead (illegible) / Colour Spec. red on natural / LCC Concert Hall (Festival of Britain).

Place of Origin

Carlisle (manufactured)


1951 (manufactured)


Edinburgh Weavers (manufacturers)

Materials and Techniques

Woven wool

Marks and inscriptions



Length: 102 cm, Width: 135 cm

Object history note

From Courtaulds Design Library, group E4
The Courtaulds Design Library principally contained records from Courtaulds’ factories at Halstead and Bocking, Essex, and Halifax, and the large collection that came into Courtaulds’ possession through its acquisition of Morton Sundour and Edinburgh Weavers in 1963. The library was used by designers within Courtaulds and was also available for the use of Courtaulds’ customers. Following the acquisition of Courtaulds by the international corporation Sara Lee and the subsequent change in the business it was decided that the V&A would be the most appropriate location for the collection to enable it to be appreciated and used more fully. The Library was donated to the V&A by Sara Lee Courtaulds in 2001.

Descriptive line

woven, British, 1951,Edinburgh Weavers, design of tufted squares in red on beige ground






Textiles; Scotland


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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