Friday, February 13, 2009
Scottish Wool Curtains for the Whitehouse!
I love this fabric and its the color I am using to decorate with right now! How cool is that. I don't expect I could afford to import this however!
Curtains for Obama, thanks to Scottish fabric firm
Published Date: 13 February 2009
By Frank Urquhart
Opulent curtains, made by one of Scotland's leading textile companies, will grace the White House, it was revealed yesterday.
The order has been commissioned by Michael Smith, a Los Angeles-based designer brought in by the first lady, Michelle Obama, to refurbish the private family apartments in the east wing of the building.
And the specially made fabric, a mixture of
the finest wool and silk, has already been
shipped to America by MacNaughton Holdings, a Perth-based company established in 1783. The fabric was made at the company's main textile mill in Keith in Moray.
Blair MacNaughton, the managing director of the company, which is based at Inveralmond, said he had received a request for an urgent delivery of the material shortly before Mr Obama's inauguration.
He said: "Michael Smith is one of our customers and has two or three of our products which he buys on a regular basis.
"About a week before the inauguration, he contacted us to say that he had been asked to do the interior design for the new residents at the White House.
"He needed 120 metres of one of our products extremely urgently to go into the White House."
MacNaughton Holdings is the second Scottish company to be given a key role in redecorating the White House.
The Biggar-based Calzeat Ltd has also been asked by Mr Smith to supply bespoke fabrics for the Obama family.
By Karrie Gillett
FABRIC made in Scotland has been flown to America to be used for curtains in President Obama’s bedroom.
The pure wool cloth produced by a Perthshire company has been ordered to make up all the curtains for the Obama private quarters in the White House.
America’s First Lady Michelle Obama enlisted the services of a US-based interior designer who placed the huge fabric order with Macnaughton Holdings in Perth.
And staff at the firm’s weaving depot in Keith, Morayshire, was told who their famous client was just ten days before Barack’s inauguration.
Now, the order has been completed in less than four weeks and is on its way to Washington to hang in the private rooms of America’s top family.
Blair Macnaughton, managing director, said all 82 workers were incredibly proud of helping out their most powerful customer.
Mr Macnaughton said: “The United States represents a huge market for us with Americans loving the quality fabric which is 100 per cent Scottish.
“But when we were told we would be working for the most powerful man in the world we were understandably pretty chuffed.
“It is a really nice thought to know that our fabric is going to be used in the Obamas’ own rooms.
“The whole thing has given all the staff a really good boost to morale.”
The textile company has been designing interior fabrics and kilts since 1783 and Blair, 55, is the seventh generation boss.
The firm was contacted by interior designer to the stars Michael Smith who was hired to help revamp the family home in the White House vacated by the Bush clan.
Smith, a California-based designer, has a list of celebrity clients including Steven Spielberg, Dustin Hoffman and supermodel Cindy Crawford.
The order for the ecru stripe Scots fabric was placed just before Obama took up office when wife Michelle decided the White House needed a more “family-friendly feel”.
Mr MacNaughton said: “It really is a fantastic contract for us to get – we have the most powerful man in the world looking at our fabric every day.
“The cloth was made in Scotland with love and care and we’re sure President Obama will be very pleased with it.”
MacNaughton Holdings http://www.macnaughton-group.com/
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