Bute Fabrics Ltd: a company profile

031Bute Fabrics was established in 1947 by the 5th Marquess of Bute in a philanthropic move to provide employment for returning WW2 service personnel.

Originally weaving fabrics for haute couture apparel, in the 1970s the business moved to contract upholstery fabrics, championing the use of wool for both the domestic and export markets.

Today, Bute Fabrics is still owned by the Bute Family, with the 7th Marquess currently in charge. Bute’s reputation has been built upon producing high quality, durable, contemporary fabrics for the auditoria, hospitality, contract and aviation markets. Offering both a standard range of products and the in-house design of bespoke fabrics, Bute’s fabrics are installed in key projects around the world such as Hong Kong Airport, the Royal Festival Hall, the Sage Gateshead, the Queen’s Galleries in Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Holyrood, the London Excel Centre and Yale University.

Bute Fabrics offer a commission weaving service, weaving on Dobbys 16 shaft. Yarn types: worsted yarns, woollen spun, chunky, and boucles (max .45N). They have a large yarn bank including 2/27, 2/18 and 2/13.5nm. Stock dyed, hank dyed and piece dyed.

They offer bespoke design and weaving at no extra charge, 1.4 wide normally but up to almost 2m, normally 50m minimums depending on weights/compositions for apparel, upholstery and curtaining. Full contact details can be found here in The Weave Shed in the suppliers and services: commission weavers section.

Thank you to Bute Fabrics for supplying the images.

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