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Ulster Carpets New Dyehouse
Ulster Carpets New Dyehouse

Ulster were delighted to be included in the latest article by PWC ‘Changing Times’ –

Next year, Ulster Carpets will celebrate 80 years of carpet manufacturing. Dedicated to producing the finest axminster and wilton products, to this day the family owned company remains committed to the original Ulster ethos based on growth and development. Whilst tough trading and financial periods have seen many of their competitors move their operations abroad, Ulster’s long term strategy and proactive business approach has enabled them to withstand the crisis and ensure all wilton and axminster manufacturing remains within the UK and Ireland. From the buying and processing of the wool in Ulster Yarns in Dewsbury, to the winding, dyeing and weaving at the Castleisland site in County Armagh, Ulster have control over every aspect of the process ensuring the quality of the carpet is of the highest standard.

People are at the heart of Ulster Carpets and it is the passion and dedication of its employees that sets them apart from the competition. Continuous demand for their products around the world, combined with expansion into new export markets has led to a recent increase in employment levels with 20 new jobs being created, providing a welcome boost to the local economy. Each year Ulster also runs a graduate scheme, taking on students across all areas of the business including design, sales, engineering and operations.

Technology and innovation is part of the Ulster Carpets’ ethos. Their patented PSYLO™ technology, which allows designers to use a superior number of colours without the need for a repeating pattern, has enabled them to become a market leader in the manufacturing of bespoke Axminster designs for the hospitality, cruise liner and casino markets. To date they have supplied some of the world’s most famous venues including the Ritz Paris, The Regent Fleet Seven Seas Explorer and the Burj Arab Hotel in Dubai.

In addition, investment in infrastructure plays a huge role in their growth and development. As part of a £35 million regeneration of all woven manufacturing facilities at their Northern Ireland headquarters, last year saw the completion of a brand new state-of-the-art Dyehouse and Energy Centre, designed to improve energy efficiency and reduce the company’s carbon footprint. The remaining phases of the redevelopment will be rolled out in the coming years.

Nick Coburn, Group Managing Director and Deputy Chairman commented:

“Ulster’s continued focus on innovation and investment has enabled us to grow and maintain our competitive advantage. We are a family owned, but professionally managed business committed to operating as a vertically self-sufficient company in order to maximise our control over the entire manufacturing process. This will ensure we continue to strengthen our position as a premium carpet brand in the years to come.”

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Introducing Gudula Be-Pechhold and Anja Ihde

To help meet the increasing demand in the German Market, Ulster Carpets are delighted to announce the appointment of Gudula Be-Pechhold and Anja Ihde to oversee sales in Germany.


Since graduating with a degree in interior design, Gudula has gained experience working in various design offices and has worked independently as a designer in her own right since 2000. Gudula will be taking on the role of Sales Manager and Design Consultant and will be on hand to help with layout planning, design concepts and construction management.


Anja joins the Ulster Carpets team with a wealth of experience working in the contract market. Having worked for both manufacturers and suppliers, Anja has experience of all areas of the supply chain and is looking forward to applying this knowledge to the carpet industry. One of Anja’s particular areas of expertise is project management and consultancy which she will be taking on as part of her role with Ulster Carpets. Anja will also be responsible for looking after acquisition, cost calculations and sampling for the client.

Together, Gudula and Anja have worked in partnership for over 13 years as a design and sales team for the German contract market, working for large scale organisations as well as for the healthcare and retail sector.

As Gudula and Anja state:

“We are excited to be involved in expanding the Ulster Carpets brand and to bring what we believe to be a very high quality product to the German market.”

Seven Seas Explorer

Trademarked as “the most luxurious ship ever built”, the Regent Fleet Seven Seas Explorer takes luxury to another level. A $450 million, 750 passenger vessel, the ship exudes elegance and glamour and required custom Ulster carpet that would complement its exquisite interiors. Working with renowned architectural and interior designers Tillberg Design of Sweden and CallisonRTKL, bespoke axminster carpets were designed and manufactured for the penthouse suites, grand suites, corridors and all public areas.

Ulster Carpets in Seven Seas Explorer Atrium

Living up to its reputation, the ship emanates an unrivalled luxury and attention to detail. The atrium, often the first area passengers see when boarding a ship, oozes opulence and sets the tone for the rest of the vessel. The earthy browns, golds and ochre used in the carpet tie in perfectly with the contemporary surroundings and the gold accents used by the interior designers. Designed using an organic pattern, the carpet creates movement which immediately draws the eye and almost guides the passengers along to the rest of the ship.
Ulster Carpets in Seven Seas Explorer Observation Lounge
Each area differs from the next, yet they all remain true to the ‘one of a kind’ feel. The Compass Rose Restaurant features a striking art-deco inspired design on the carpet which provides the perfect backdrop for the stunning blue crystal chandelier in the centre of the restaurant. The Pacific Rim restaurant on the other hand emits a subtle oriental feel and the carpet reflects this through the use of interlocking patterns which add texture and depth to the design.
Arguably the most striking of the designs, the observation lounge presents a bold design of large scale, abstract flowers outlined in gold. The lounge itself echoes old Hollywood glamour and the carpet along with all of the intricate details work in harmony to create an interior fit to compete with the stunning panoramas likely to be found outside the ship. Moving through to the bar area in the observation lounge, the carpet changes to a more distinct art deco pattern designed to tie in with the shapes on the ceiling of the lounge.

Ulster Carpets in Seven Seas Explorer Pacific Rim Resaturant
Throughout the years Ulster Carpets have established themselves as a leading provider of custom carpets for the marine market and to date have manufactured pieces for some of the most world renowned ships such as the RMS Queen Mary 2 and Crystal Serenity. This latest marine project has been another huge success and Ulster was proud to play their part in the making of this truly remarkable ship.

 

Photography:Parrott Photography

Design Practice: CallisonRTKL and Tilberg Design