Elliot Weave

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Scottish Textiles

Andrew Elliot Ltd specialises in the design and production of a range of throws, and fashion and interior fabrics. Our current range of designs utilises the very best combinations of colour and quality. In addition, commission work is undertaken for interior designers and companies, and also for individuals requiring a special fabric woven for a particular purpose.

The company is run by Robin Elliot. Graduating in 1996 from the Scottish College of Textiles in Galashiels, with an Honours degree in Textiles, Robin honed his skills with his late father as his mentor, and strives to secure this indigenous company’s place in the niche market for contemporary textiles.

With an ethical philosophy, Robin believes in a sustainable future for Scottish textiles, based on integrity and innovation. The company supplies well-made, individual fabrics, with a strong cutting edge in design, allied to the aspects of vintage fabric production and the heritage of the Borders textile industry.

In 2007, Robin designed a tartan for ex-Marillion singer Fish (real name Derek Dick). Based on the colours of the Keith tartan, to which Fish's family name is connected, this new tartan was officially registered by the Scottish Tartans Authority as the Dick tartan, and is now available to anyone with a connection to the surname, or to Fish as an artist. Other tartans which Robin has designed include ones for the Girlguiding Association of Scotland, Newton Primary School in Dunblane, St. Andrews of Scotland Ltd, the Labrador Club of Scotland, the Ralston tartan (in conjunction with his friend Alison Ralston), and private tartans such as Irving of Bonshaw and Jackson. He has also worked on Selkirk, Hawick and Vermont tartans, which were designed by his father, and a number of tartans designed by the late Bernard O'Hagan of kiltmakers Redshank Scotland in Inveraray, such as Sobieski-Stewart, Nolan, O'Hagan and McCessock. Robin is a member, and since 2005, has sat on the board of governors of the Scottish Tartans Authority.

Robin has designed a number of Estate tweeds including Torwoodlee, Breda, Glenbucket, Pitmain and Badanloch, as well as private ones, including in 2008 one for Sir Fraser Morrison of Teasses Estate in Fife. He has also worked on the Inveraray and Isle of Eriska tweeds in conjunction with Redshank, and currently produces the Strathmore Estate tweed for the Earl of Strathmore at Glamis Castle in Angus.

Since 2006, Robin has worked on designs, and the production of fabrics, for ethical fashion label Izzy Lane, who in 2008 won a number of awards for ethical fashion, including the award for Small Fashion Retailer at the RSPCA Good Business Awards, and Designer of the Year and Estethica Prize at the RE:Fashion Awards. In early 2009, in conjunction with Izzy Lane, he produced a range of British Wool fabrics for Suffolk-based clothing company Lavenham Leisure.

Following on from years of producing historical reproduction fabrics in conjunction with Ian Dale of Angus Handloom Weavers, which have included work in Anne Hathaway's Cottage, the V&A Museum, Osbourne House, and Kew Palace, in early 2009, Robin worked on the company's largest project to date - 720 metres of fabric for the restoration of the Great Tower at Dover Castle. The fabrics included wall hangings, bed hangings, backcloths for thrones and beds, and floor coverings.

The company has seen many of it's fabrics used on stage in London West End and New York Broadway productions such as "Les Miserables", in film, including "The Last King of Scotland" and the Harry Potter series, and on television in a number of "Homes and Interiors" programmes. The company has also featured on the BBC's "Countryfile" and "Castle in the Country", and in November 2009 as part of BBC Scotland's "A History of Scotland".