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Meet Team Marine

When it comes to building strong relationships with customers, Chris Colvin and Ciara Halligan are better equipped than most.

This experienced pair head up our Marine Division and both have a keen interest in the human mind and behaviour.

Before joining Ulster Carpets as part of our Graduate Programme, Chris completed a Psychology degree at Queen’s University while Ciara has a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Social Sciences, Social Policy and Sociology from the Open University.

This has helped them build relationships with our customers all over the world – an attribute that Ulster Carpets have built their success on over the years.

“We take great pride in building long term relationships,” explained Chris, who is Ulster’s Marine Sales Manager. “We work with people in a variety of different countries and while there may be cultural and language barriers, people still expect high standards of service and that is what we work hard to deliver.”

During his five years with the company, Chris has worked in procurement, marketing and in various sales roles, including in our London office. He feels this has given him a strong foundation for his current position.

“I have a clear understanding of what we can offer and how all our departments work together effectively to meet the needs of our customers. Every day we are set new challenges in terms of colour and design and it is satisfying when we’re able to meet them.

“The cruise industry is very competitive, with each cruise line looking to stand out. Our ability to produce stunning bespoke designs in a greater selection of colours is what sets us apart. We can create carpets that have a genuine wow factor but equally we can create designs that are more subtle. I think it is that ability to turn an aspirational concept into reality which makes the real difference.”

Like Chris, Ciara has worked across a range of different roles in her 26 years at Ulster and she holds the honour of being the company’s first female weaver to work on our innovative PSYLO™ looms.

“When I speak to a customer about what designs we can create and about the quality of our carpets, I am talking from the experience of having actually helped produce them,” said Ciara, who is our Marine Project Manager. “I know first hand the amazing capabilities of our patented weaving technology and what we can do that no other carpet manufacturer can.”

From the original enquiry through to organising delivery, Ciara’s role involves every step of the process.

“We are very customer focused and we take pride in what we do. You actually start to feel really connected to different cruise ships because of the work you have put in to help create these beautiful spaces and to help passengers enjoy their vacation. It is hugely rewarding building those relationships with interior designs and seeing ideas turn into reality.”

Take a look at some of the prestigious cruise projects that Ulster have worked on – https://ulstercarpets.com/contract/projects/marine/

Click on Contract Stock

We have reacted to the increasing demand for our Contract Stock collection by launching a new dedicated section to our website.

The quick turnaround of orders has made Ulster’s comprehensive Contract Stock collection a popular choice for both new build and refurbishment projects that are facing tight time pressures.

As an attractive alternative to our bespoke carpets, our Contract Stock Collection has been specifically designed to meet the exacting needs of hospitality projects, including hotels, casinos and cruise ships.

This revamped section on our website is now easier to use, meaning you won’t have to waste already valuable time trying to find the information you need.

Larger swatches and a gallery of in-situ imagery will give you a clearer indication of how you can match each design with your interior plans.

This is complemented by essential information such as construction details, widths and the various applications that each range is suitable for. Users can also download relevant brochures and technical specifications or watch videos of different ranges.

Interior designers, architects and owners can also benefit from the variety of different designs on offer. Tapping into a variety of trends ranging from traditional to contemporary, the extensive colour and design options offer an abundance of choice and are regularly updated. A number of new colourways have been added to Watercolours, Anatolia, HΛBITÜS and Grange Wilton while we have a new contract stock collection set to be launched soon.


The variety of designs is matched by the quality of each range. As Ulster fully controls every aspect of our manufacturing processes, we can ensure we deliver the highest levels of quality.

This is particularly important in contract settings where there are different requirements for each area. To meet this demand, we have developed flooring solutions for all public areas, ballrooms and prefunction areas, restaurants, bars, meeting rooms, corridors, and bedrooms and suites.

We have comprehensive stocks of our Contract Stock collection in place and available now. Visit our new-look Contract Stock section to find out more – www.ulstercarpets.com/contract

Fast and Efficient Solutions

As the marine sector looks positively towards setting sail again, many cruise lines are looking for fast, efficient and reliable carpet solutions. That is where Ulster’s IMO-rated Contract Stock collection can make all the difference.

An attractive alternative to Ulster’s renowned bespoke carpets, our Contract Stock collection has been specifically created for the hospitality industry and is available immediately from our comprehensive stocks.

Perfect for marine projects that require a quick turnaround time, our extensive stock levels can ensure that we can help you meet the tight deadlines faced by the cruise industry.

Another benefit is the range of styles on offer. From contemporary styles to traditional elegance, the diversity of Ulster’s stock ranges provides extensive colour and design options. Some of the popular ranges for the cruise sector include:

Vescent – This eclectic collection (pictured above) features six contemporary designs – Linea, Arbor, Nebula, Calx, Vapor and Nexus – in 21 colourways. The neutral colour palette reflects modern textile trends, while a flash of colour is added for those seeking something different. From structured designs to more organic styles, the secret to the success of Vescent is the diversity of the collection.


Watercolours – Inspired by natural landscapes and the abstract masterpieces of JMW Turner, the contemplative subtlety of Watercolours (pictured above) is perfect for nautical settings. Ideal for areas where the carpet pattern does not need to be the dominant feature, Watercolours works in complete harmony with a range of colours and fabrics.

As well as design choice, Ulster also provides quality. As we control every aspect of the manufacturing process, we can guarantee the quality of every carpet. Carpets in the Stock Collection are manufactured in a hard wearing combination of 80% wool and 20% nylon in a variety of colour matching widths, making them perfect for a wide range of busy contract applications, including bedrooms and suites; corridors; meeting rooms; and public areas.

We have comprehensive stocks available to order immediately. Vescent and Watercolours are just two examples of our comprehensive stock collection – to see our complete range, CLICK HERE


Dedicated DACH team

Our dedicated team in the DACH Region continue to deliver for our customers.

We have designed and manufactured custom carpet for a range of leading hotels in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, while we also have a number of ongoing projects in the DACH Region.

A recent report by TopHotelProjects.com showed that over 500 hotel schemes are currently in the DACH region’s pipeline and Ulster’s dedicated team have the required experience to meet the flooring requirements of the hospitality industry.

Ulster’s DACH team (from left) Rachel Guy, Business Development Manager, Anja Ihde, Sales Manager, Gudula Be-Pechhold, Sales Manager and Design Consultant, and Birte Wallace, Contract Sales Administration.


We may have a global outlook, but our success has been achieved on working in partnership with customers and delivering a local service that is tailored to their needs.

That is why we have a dedicated office in Germany catering for the unique dynamics of the DACH Region.

Interior design firms, architectural studios, managers and owners can work directly with us to turn their flooring vision into a reality through a bespoke carpet design. For projects that require a quick turnaround, an attractive alternative to this service is our impressive stock collection.


Some of our projects in the DACH region – (from left) Suvretta House; Ritz-Carlton Berlin and Hilton Vienna Park.


Our experience of working on hotels, casinos and cruise ships across the world provides us with a valuable insight into the needs of the hospitality market. Essential factors such as serviceability and practicality are woven into every carpet and, as we control every aspect of the design and manufacturing process, we can deliver on quality.

Visit our projects gallery to take a look at some of our most region projects in the DACH Region, including Suvretta House, St Moritz; Hilton Vienna Park, Austria; and Ritz-Carlton, Berlin – CLICK HERE