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Our Story

Established in 1876, Richard Haworth has a track record second to none in meeting the needs of restaurants, hotels, event organizers, cruise ships and airlines.

Our vast experience, market knowledge and product diversity, along with our investment in the latest production and communications technology ensures that we can supply a dozen napkins for the local restaurant or luxury linens to international five star chains.

Our market leading products can be found in hotel establishments ranging from prestigious luxury London hotels to small country hotels to the economy sector. All our products are designed, quality assured and cared for by our in-house team.This gives us two significant advantages – the opportunity to impose the highest levels of quality control at all levels of production plus the ability to respond quickly to the needs of our customers.

With over 130 years of providing linens of the highest quality to the hotel and catering trade, meeting the needs of establishments with very particular tastes and requirements, we have learned that attention to detail, whether it’s timely delivery, ease of ordering or specific design features, matters a great deal.

Trusted Industry Wide


Richard Haworth can be seen as an example of the classic Victorian entrepreneur who rose from virtual poverty to wealth and recognition by industry and application of the Samuel Smiles self help tenets.

Since he was fourteen he had been a small trader in fents and other cloths and by 1852, aged 32, he had accumulated £5,000 in his own account and, in partnership with A Frederick Copley Hulton and a James Craven, began trading as yarn and cloth commission agents with the title Richard Haworth & Co in Cannon Street Manchester.

At their peak, the mills in Ordsall Lane were considered first class examples of how cotton mills should be operated. A number of distinguished visitors came to view the complex, Lord Beaconsfield, the Shah of Persia, and the Sultan of Zanzibar’s signatures appearing in the Visitors Book.


In August 1961, the Richard Haworth Companies merged with Vantona-Everwear, changing its name to Vatona Limited. In the 1980's business was sold to the Ruia Group where it relocated to Kearsley Mill, a 240,000 sq ft Victorian Mill that opened in 1906.

From the 1980s to the early 2000s, many key developments were made to the firm, making Richard Haworth the industry leader it is today. Revolutionary products such as Signature, a polyester table linen with a soft touch finish, and Prima, a cotton rich bed linen range, were the first of their kind in the hospitality industry which have now become industry standards.


Richard Haworth has been an active member of the Ethical Trade Initiative, and we promote the values to all our partners and prospective mills. As members of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), in 2023 42.04% of our total cotton purchased was BCI cotton, and we are on schedule to purchase over 50% by 2025.




Ethical Trading

We actively champion a high ethical standard and rigorous principles throughout our supply chain and partnerships.

Quality & Consistency

Our carefully crafted linen has been designed for the rigours of hotel use with ease of laundering & longevity key features.