Our Story

We are part of Bute Fabrics, a mill based in the town of Rothesay on the Isle of Bute. 
The mill was founded in 1947 by the 5th Marquess of Bute with the sole purpose of
providing employment opportunities for service people returning home from the Second World War.


Situated within the Firth of Clyde, Bute is steeped in history. There is an astonishing array of different landscapes: heather-covered moorland, lush rolling hills, wild forests, sweeping beaches and an ever-changing seascape. These ready-made palettes of vibrant colours and textures provide a continual source of inspiration. It’s so peaceful, you’d be forgiven for thinking we’re a million miles away from it all. In fact, Bute is one of Scotland’s most accessible islands and only 33 miles away from the city of Glasgow.

The Atelier is Bute Fabrics first retail offering - a store and workshop, which offers a range of fabric rolls from the mill in addition to a selection of handmade products using the fabrics such as cushions, throws, footstools and accessories.

We also organise workshops and Masterclass programmes for beginners to experts in many creative areas by both local artisans and designer as well as those further afield.