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Arthur Sanderson

Arthur Sanderson started his business in 1860 importing and selling wallpaper.

Throughout its long history, Sanderson has continued to produce wallpaper to suit the style of the times. The range today includes bold stylised florals, classic English chintzes, plain textures, smart stripes, trellises and small scale motifs which are printed in the UK.

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Sanderson is well known internationally for classic and ageless printed florals, but also for an ever more contemporary offering of weaves in addition to prints with an appeal for the younger consumer. Its ranges have included a bed linen designed  from a Woollams’s chintz paper of 1847, as well the first of four Studio Sanderson collections, named ‘Earth and Air’, developed by Jaine McCormack (design director from 1997 to 2001) and including patterns by Alison Gee.

Simultaneously, however, the company was producing papers, carpets and paints for employees and visitor accommodation at Windsor Castle, and within the preceding decade had also produced papers, damasks along with other woven fabrics for Balmoral, Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace and Sandringham, several in elegant, traditional designs that were quite different from either the chintzes or contemporary styles. The firm still manufactured several ‘plains’, whether textured wallpapers that would have made Harold Sanderson happy, or weaves with uncomplicated coloring and yarn-effects.

All of this variety might lead someone to wonder how to explain the genuine Sanderson identity, but it can be easily summarized in a single concept: organic. From the very start, when Arthur Sanderson shifted from importing French merchandise to producing his own, through the years when his sons converted machine-printed wall coverings into objects of esteem and used their manufacturing ability to make box papers, gift wrapping papers and - under his grandson - laminates, it's possible to observe a constant progression, the power to advance with the times. And like all exemplars of strong expansion, occasionally pruning is critical if new blossoms are to appear.

Royal Sanderson

At the start of the 20th century Sanderson wallpapers are sent to the Royal Residence for consideration.

At the Ideal Home Exhibition in 1922, Princess Mary comes to visit the Sanderson stand and chooses a wallpaper for her sleeping quarters.

In 1923 Queen Mary chooses a triple-flocked wallpaper for the Blue Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace.

In 1924 Arthur Bengough Sanderson becomes holder of the Royal Warrant as Purveyor of Wallpapers and Paints to HM King George V. It is considered the earliest Warrant issued for the supply of these materials.

The Duke of York goes to Sanderson’s Chiswick manufacturing plant in 1924, and the new Perivale plant in 1930.

A number of teenagers employed by Sanderson go to the yearly Duke of York’s Camp, which was around from 1921 till 1939 and was cherished both by public schoolboys and people from manufacturing regions or jobs.

Sanderson’s next Royal Warrant is issued in 1951, as purveyors of wallpapers and paints to HM King George VI. The Warrant most likely came about from the manufacture of a hand-printed double-flocked paper purchased earlier that year as an exact replacement of the Pugin design put up in the Robing Room of the House of Lords.

‘Decor 52’, an event hosted at Berners Street, is attended by Queen Elizabeth (later on the Queen Mother), Queen Mary the Queen Mother, and Princess Elizabeth, future Queen Elizabeth II.

In 1955 Ivan Couper Sanderson ends up being owner of a 3rd Royal Warrant, now from HM Queen Elizabeth II, for wallpapers, paints and fabrics.

In 1964 Princess Marina went to the Sanderson stand at the Ideal Home Exhibition.

In 1970 the replacement Pugin design put up in the House of Lords in 1951 is created once again for the Royal Gallery and the Queen’s personal robing room.

The first block-printer is later brought out of retirement to produce an additional seventy-six rolls for two board rooms in the House of Lords.

In the Jubilee year of 1977, the Berners Street store is visited by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

During the 1980s and 1990s Sanderson continually provides the royal households with decorative products such as wall coverings, paint, damasks and printed and weaved textiles.

After a fire at Windsor Castle on 20 November 1992, and the following refurbishment program started in Summer 1994, throughout 1997 Sanderson provides papers, carpets and paints for workers and visitor accommodation.

In expectation of Sanderson’s 150th anniversary in 2010, Queen Elizabeth II sends ‘warm, good wishes to all those associated with the firm in this most exceptional anniversary year’.

Sanderson proceeds to provide products to the Royal Residence, having maintained a Royal Warrant for eighty-six years.

Modern Sanderson History

During 1997 Sanderson has rapidly expanding opportunities in Eastern European countries and the Pacific Rim, where it deals direct with suppliers in Malaysia and Indonesia and manages licensing agreements in Japan, Taiwan and Australia.

The Studio Sanderson range of elegant fabrics and wall coverings is released in 1997, accompanied by 3 others, one composed exclusively of woven fabrics, between 2000 and 2002.

A company quality strategy is implemented in 1999, guaranteeing to offer ‘outstanding service which makes sure great design is readily available to the Customer’.

Soon after its acquisition by Walker Greenbank plc in 2003, the Sanderson bed linen license is bought by Bedeck Ltd and the making-up department is shut down.

In 2004 Walker Greenbank spends a great deal in products enhancement and nearly two years’ worth of collections are introduced in the second half of that year, concluding in the return of new Options collections in January 2005.

The Sanderson store moves to Chelsea Harbour in 2005.

Profits improve by 25 % in 2007-8.

In March 2010 Sanderson commemorates its 150th anniversary with a unique range of fabrics and wall coverings influenced by its archive, a three month-long exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London, and a book.

Sanderson is the earliest enduring British label in its industry.

Rigtht afterWalker Greenbank's  acquiring Sanderson in Summer 2003, Michael Parry, Sanderson’s previous business manager who had worked for the firm for three decades, was asked to come back from retirement to work as managing director, faced with steadying the organization and kickstarting  the product development strategy.

Parry brought to this position his expertise in establishing Sanderson’s initial bedsheets range, developing its very first Options collection and later on redeveloping the Morris & Co. collection, broadening global licensing and dealing with the royal residences. As business overseer he had been in charge of UK and foreign trade revenue, the Sanderson archive, the design facilities and the merchandise and advertising divisions.

At the end of 2004 Parry relocated to a consultant’s position and David Smallridge, formerly md of Harlequin Fabrics & Wallcoverings, became md for the entire Walker Greenbank products, the rest of which are Harlequin, Zoffany and Morris & Co. Even though it is still controlled by Sanderson, the continuing detachment of the Morris & Co. product - an alteration going back to 1990 - signifies the current trust in the Sanderson brand alone. Jointly both of these brands have capably compensated their parent organization. Profits increased by 25 % in 2007-8, driven by woven fabrics, as well as wall coverings. This achievement had not been attained without confronting two difficult years after the acquisition by Walker Greenbank. During this time Sanderson retail store concessions were sold to Bedeck, along with the bed linen licenses that reinforced them, and the made-up products section was closed down.

In return, nevertheless, you could point out that Sanderson came back, if not quite to ‘the bosom of its family’, at the very least to its milieu. Walker Greenbank’s tactical option to focus on the wallpapers and fabric aspects of Sanderson’s venture was supported by the corporation’s control of the biggest remaining producer of superior wallcoverings in the UK, Anstey Wallpaper Co. In theory, non-woven, vinyl and specialized paper substrates, Anstey provides the unusual mix of surface-, rotary-, flexo-, gravure-, long-table flat-screen and hand block-printing, the last utilising the 342 printable sets of blocks which have been maintained by Sanderson.

Furthermore, Walker Greenbank possesses among the country’s few top-end fabric- producing firms, Standfast & Barracks. By 2005 almost all Sanderson printing was carried out by these two production facilities, rebuilding the strong connections between manufacturing and styling that had for so long informed the Sanderson style.