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Johnstons of Elgin

Johnstons of Elgin luxury wool & cashmere fabrics

Johnstons of Elgin wool and cashmere fabrics - upholstered chair and curtains - image

In the Beginning

Johnstons of Elgin was founded in 1797 by Alexander Johnston on the banks of the River Lossie, Elgin. The original mill was situated here for the availability of skilled workforce, proximity to the sea and the river itself, which would power the mill.

By 1851, Johnstons of Elgin was pioneering the weaving of Vicuña and Cashmere in Scotland. The Firm exhibits at the National Exhibition in London and is awarded a medal for its superb vicuna shawls.

By 1978 the company being recognised for its exports by winning the Queen’s Award for Export


Four feet of water swept through the Mill in Elgin with the 1997 Flood. Nothing escaped devastation, with damage running to more than £20 million. A vast clean up operation swung into action, with staff rallying round and responding magnificently to the crisis


In recent years Johnstons of Elgin have rebuilt themselves and have won several notable awards e.g. UK Fashion and Textile Export Heritage Award and the UK Fashion & Textile Gold Award

In recent years Johnstons have developed their range of fabrics for interior home use. Their collection of fine furnishing fabric has been developed with six lifestyle themes in mind: Hebridean Hideaways, Manor House, Country Garden, Scottish Heritagem Young Country and Pastoral Elegance.

At the heart of their designs is fine wools and cashmeres for which they have justly become famous.

At Fabric Gallery & Interiors we have stocked Johnston of Elgins  woollen  fabrics at our Dunnington shop since they were launched.  If you’d like to see Johnstons of Elgin fabrics please do come and visit us, or contact us for samples.