A. Sanderson & Sons Ltd. / Sanderson Fabrics

A. Sanderson & Sons Ltd. / Sanderson Fabrics

A. Sanderson & Sons Ltd. is an internationally renowned company in the field of interior design and decorating. The company produces approximately 250,000 rolls of wallpaper a year and prints over 700,000 metres of fabric annually. The company also makes an extensive range of paints and exports its products to over fifty countries worldwide.

In 1860 Arthur Sanderson established a business in Islington, London, as an importer of French wallpapers. In 1877 his eldest son, John, joined the company. Two more sons, Arthur and Harold, joined the firm in 1881 and the business was named Arthur Sanderson & Sons.

The building boom in Britain in the 1880s increased the demand for affordable wallpapers and Sandersons expanded. In 1892 a four-storey factory was built in Chiswick and the company was exporting its products to the British Colonies and the United States.

In 1900 Sandersons became a limited company. In 1919 the firm established a textile printing factory in Uxbridge and began to produce its own range of fabrics, which had been commission-printed since 1914. These were first called Eton Rural Cretonnes then Eton Rural Fabrics and finally Sanderson Fabrics. In 1923 A. Sanderson & Sons Ltd. was granted a Royal Warrant as purveyor of wallpapers and paints to King George V.

In 2003 Sandersons was acquired by Walker Greenbank plc and remains the oldest surviving English brand name in its field.