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Stevens & Graham invests in city centre showroom

SGGlasgowStevens & Graham, the world's biggest tartan carpet designer and manufacturer, has opened a showroom in the heart of Glasgow to feature its designs.

The 1,500sqft space – close to discreet art shops and dealers on the city's Bath Street – marks the start of a global expansion for the firm, which was founded in 1947 and supplies carpets to international names such as Brooks Brothers, Tommy Hilfiger and House of Fraser.

In June it signed an exclusive distribution agreement worth up to US$1 million a year with US-based business Stark, the $500 million turnover New York headquartered carpet, fabric and wallcoverings business.

'This showroom will give us a presence in the city centre where we will be able to provide a service which is simply unobtainable in any other carpet business,' says John McIlvogue, Stevens & Graham md, who acquired the company last year.

The unit is modelled Cheslea Harbour showrooms. The Bath Street showroom is filled with light from huge windows, which falls onto crystal chandeliers, gilt roccoco framed tartans, Timorous Beastie wallcoverings and a sumptuous cabinet full of malt whiskies to ease considerations during the sales process.

'We will also have a space in the building where interior designers can work on their concepts and bring their clients to us to see how their concepts can be realised. Carpet making has a long tradition in Scotland and we want our new Bath Street premises to help put the name of Stevens & Graham back on people's lips.'