Laying down the tartan

• Check mate: Stevens & Graham tartan carpets feature in Strathblane’s Kirkhouse Inn.
• Check mate: Stevens & Graham tartan carpets feature in Strathblane’s Kirkhouse Inn.

Carpet firm scores a series of new contracts across the Scottish on-trade

A TARTAN carpet designer and manufacturer has brought contemporary colour to two Scottish hotels as part of a series of new contract wins.
Glasgow-based Stevens & Graham was asked to provide new plaid floor coverings for The Dumbuck House Hotel near Dumbarton and the Kirkhouse Inn, Strathblane.
Both hotels ordered around 500 square metres of tartan carpets to give the establishments a new look.
John McIlvogue, managing director of Stevens & Graham, who acquired the company last year, said: “Both these exciting hotels have a loyal following in their local communities and from further afield and they want to offer their clients the best possible quality.
“The carpets they have chosen were designed from first principles by our design team at Jessie Street in Glasgow’s Polmadie and created to our specifications by UK craft weavers who are at the top of their profession.”
The Dumbuck House Hotel, an 18th century mansion house close to Loch Lomond, has just undergone a comprehensive refurbishment.
As part of a “dramatic style statement”, the owners commissioned a tartan of pinks and greys for the reception, hallways and function hall areas.
The owners of the Kirkhouse Inn, meanwhile, chose a more traditional Scottish theme based on Stevens & Graham’s Heather Green tartan.
McIlvogue said: “Sales of this kind in the UK are a great shop window for our products.
“These hotels are associated in the public mind with quality and style and seeing our carpets in positions of prominence there will reinforce that message.”
The company also secured a five-figure contract with Glasgow restaurant The Buttery for a Chisholm Hunting tartan carpet in muted shades of greens, blues and browns.
Elsewhere, the firm has signed a $1 million a year distribution agreement with New York-based carpet, fabric and wall coverings business Stark.