Linen has been produced in Ireland for over three hundred years. It was the main focus of the Industrial revolution in Northern Ireland with engineering and infrastructure developing due to the requirements of the industry. In the 18th and 19th centuries nearly every town in Northern Ireland had a mill or factory.
In 1912 when the Titanic set sail, there were 40,000 Irish Linen dinner napkins on board, as well as thousands of linen tablecloths, sheets and towels.
Thomas Ferguson Linen was set up in 1854. Today there are still a few weavers weaving plain linens for clothing, but Thomas Ferguson is the only Irish linen damask weaver still remaining in the whole of Ireland weaving traditional Irish damask table linen.
Thomas Ferguson has remained very popular in Ireland producing stunning table cloths, tables centres and handkerchiefs from top quality Irish linen.