Ian Mankin, British weavers of designer furnishing fabrics, was founded in 1983 and is renowned for new and stylish interpretations of natural and organic fabrics in a simple yet timeless palette of colours. Design, quality and service along with a pride in our Made in Britain heritage are at the very heart of our business.
All of our UK fabrics are designed and woven at our own Lancashire weaving mill, now run by the sixth generation of the same family for over 150 years. Lauded by designers, industry press and customers alike for our dedication to the creation of fabrics of the highest quality, Ian Mankin has become the place to go for natural British woven fabrics and furnishings. The collection is made up of our signature stripes, checks and plains supported by additional collections of fabrics, wallpapers and accessories.
Brought up in a textile environment, Ian originally started a company producing high-end leather goods such as clothing and luggage. He designed clothes for the Beatles, as seen on the album cover “Revolver”, Michael Caine and US President Ronald Reagan. Subsequently the company took a change of direction and in 1983 Ian opened his first fabric shop in Primrose Hill in London. In 1992 he opened his second shop in Wandsworth Bridge Road which is now the main shop and showroom for the business.
In 1997 Ian’s book “Natural Fabrics: Simple & Stylish Soft Furnishing” was published in the UK, France and Germany and this a surge in business. In the mid-1990s the first “Mankin by Mail” catalogue was launched generating considerable business and introduced the range to a wider geographical market.
Ian retired in 1997 at which time the business was combined with the Lancashire family weaving mill that still weaves the fabrics and continues Ian’s ethos of elegant simplicity that has underpinned the timeless classical range since its inception.