The opening this week of its new showroom in Shanghai, provides Perth based Macnaughton Holdings, with an exciting opportunity to develop its growing market in China. In association with the locally based interiors expert, Shanghai Home Expo Company, the new showroom showcases Macnaughton’s Isle Mill brand of both classic and contemporary wool upholsteries and window fabrics.
“We first met Shanghai Home Expo in 2015, when they visited us at the prestigious interiors and lifestyle exhibition, Maison & Objet in Paris,” said Bill Wheelan, the company’s Sales Director. “We initially sent them a number of our pattern books, and over the coming months, they sampled a variety of our products. Having established the market for the Isle Mill’s products in China, they approached us with the showroom proposal, which will see our fabrics displayed alongside many of Europe’s top designer brands.”
He continued “The showroom formally opened last night with a grand party, and we now look forward to seeing some nice growth in this fast developing market”
The company, originally founded at the end of the eighteenth century on the banks of Loch Tay, is one of Scotland’s oldest textile companies, and remains in the hands of the seventh generation of the founding family. Headquartered in Perth, and employing almost 70 staff at its three sites around Scotland, Macnaughton has bucked the recent trend that has seen many Scottish textile jobs disappear, by concentrating on niche markets with an emphasis on exports.