Finlayson – home textiles without secrets
Finlayson is one of those special companies who care about more than just selling good products for profit. The Finnish company, which has been in business for over 200 years and was founded by the Scotsman James Finlayson, has set itself the task of making the world a better and more beautiful place. To achieve this, the design brand acts in a fundamentally holistic way. For the company and its employees, their own home textiles must not only be convincing in terms of appearance, but also by virtue of their intrinsic values. Finlayson works on this with conviction and passion every day: the challenge for what was once Scandinavia's largest industrial company is, therefore, that of developing more eco-friendly and ethical materials, effective solutions for the recycling of raw materials and attempting to make everything a little better, easier, more honest, more conscious and more lovable.
Home textiles since 1828
The eventful history of the weaving mill, which once produced machines for spinning mills, began as early as 1820. In 1828, the business started producing home textiles. A progressive number of women worked in the company and were paid fairly for their time. The business, which at that time already produced textiles for the general public's daily needs, was continuously successful and has remained so right up to modern times. The name Finlayson stands for high-quality baby cotton blankets, wonderful bath towels, typically Scandinavian tea towels as well as for other kitchen textiles and home accessories. The Finnish firm has always been considered a pioneer, as it has had a major influence on the production of bathroom, kitchen and home textiles woven with beautiful patterns. Pioneering achievements have also been made as an employer. With the rise of the company in the 1870s, some 25% of Finland's industrial workers were working at Finlayson's Tamperes site. An entire district was developed around the company with its own nursery school, its own police force, a hospital for the employees, shopping facilities and a savings bank. By 1920, the company had made its way to the top. It was no longer just the largest weaving mill in Scandinavia, but also the largest industrial workplace. Finlayson's halls were the first in the Nordic countries where electric light was used to produce home textiles and fabric products. The company, now based in Helsinki, has always had the courage to break new ground. The company's philosophy is to do good and only manufacture products that are as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside.
Transparency and tradition
"We want to be the most transparent home textile company in the world. Step by step, we are getting closer to our dream." For its towels, baby blankets and other cotton products, Finlayson uses fair trade raw materials and processes that are sustainable in every respect. Fair conditions are paramount, both for the employees in our own company and for the individuals involved in the production of the raw materials. The textiles traditionally bear designs from our own history. The Coronna pattern is an ever-popular classic from 1958. Aini Vaari designed the discreet, elegantly dark play of shapes that adorns a tea towel. Elefantti by Laina Koskela can be found in the current collection as a bath towel, hand towel and baby cotton blanket. The pattern with the large elephants has lost none of its charms and is guaranteed to look beautiful in your bathroom too.
Finlayson Moomin bath towels and more
When people talk about modern Finnish traditions, they automatically think of the country's traditionally most popular mythical creatures. Combining Finlayson home textiles with Moomin motifs seemed logical; after all, it is the combination of Finnish cult classics par excellence. The result of these two Finnish legends, which come together here on Moomin potholders, tea towels and kitchen aprons, can of course also be found in our online shop!
Order Finlayson kitchen and home textiles online at scandinavian-lifestyle.com
Have you been looking for high-quality and fairly manufactured pillowcases for a long time? Then be sure to take a look at the Finlayson "The Hare and the Hedgehog" cushion! You can also get to know more about the Scandinavian way of life and discover numerous matching items from Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway in our shop. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!