Rufflette has a long and proud heritage which spans three centuries. Established in 1882 by Thomas French and based in Manchester, it specialised in narrow fabric weaving to the industry. Creating the first and original pocketed curtain pleating tape in 1928.

The family business grew into one of the largest employers within textile industry, at a time when hundreds of mills were centred on Manchester and Lancashire. The company became renowned for innovation and creating solutions for the home furnishing sector. With an emphasis on design and quality, reliability and most importantly British manufactured.

Rufflette became known as the brand leader for window furnishings and for generations it became the generic word for curtain tapes. In the 50’s & 60’s at the height of its market domination Rufflette was also seen as a solutions business, helping and guiding consumers with style magazines. The home sewing market was much larger than today, and most homes had a sewing machine. So consumers looked to manufacturers for help and advice, and Rufflette was the pioneer in providing this information.

Today the business is proud to say that it is still weaving and manufacturing in the north of England. We relocated the looms to our new mill in Rochdale in 2014, and with further investment in new looms and finishing equipment we are committed to investing in the future. With an industrial decline in manufacturing in UK, it is refreshing to see a private family owned business looking to the future with a positive outlook. Investment in people and skills, with apprenticeship schemes for weavers, we want to maintain production for future generations.

Rufflette brand is known all over the world, and we want to build on the name and become the destination for home furnishing solutions. Within our group companies we are positioned to provide a full range of services to both commercial and domestic customers.

The window solutions business.

Proud to be British!



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