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Introducing Gudula Be-Pechhold and Anja Ihde

To help meet the increasing demand in the German Market, Ulster Carpets is delighted to announce the appointment of Gudula Be-Pechhold and Anja Ihde to oversee sales in Germany.

Since graduating with a degree in interior design, Gudula has gained experience working in various design offices and has worked independently as a designer in her own right since 2000. Gudula will be taking on the role of Sales Manager and Design Consultant and will be on hand to help with layout planning, design concepts and construction management.

Anja joins the Ulster Carpets team with a wealth of experience working in the contract market. Having worked for both manufacturers and suppliers, Anja has experience of all areas of the supply chain and is looking forward to applying this knowledge to the carpet industry. One of Anja’s particular areas of expertise is project management and consultancy which she will be taking on as part of her role with Ulster Carpets. Anja will also be responsible for looking after acquisition, cost calculations and sampling for the client.

Together, Gudula and Anja have worked in partnership for over 13 years as a design and sales team for the German contract market, working for large scale organisations as well as for the healthcare and retail sector.

As Gudula and Anja state:

“We are excited to be involved in expanding the Ulster Carpets brand and to bring what we believe to be a very high quality product to the German market.”

Contact our German team.

Seven Seas Explorer

Trademarked as “the most luxurious ship ever built”, the Regent Fleet Seven Seas Explorer takes luxury to another level. A $450 million, 750 passenger vessel, the ship exudes elegance and glamour and required custom Ulster carpet that would complement its exquisite interiors. Working with renowned architectural and interior designers Tillberg Design of Sweden and CallisonRTKL, bespoke axminster carpets were designed and manufactured for the penthouse suites, grand suites, corridors and all public areas.

Ulster Carpets in Seven Seas Explorer Atrium

Living up to its reputation, the ship emanates an unrivalled luxury and attention to detail. The atrium, often the first area passengers see when boarding a ship, oozes opulence and sets the tone for the rest of the vessel. The earthy browns, golds and ochre used in the carpet tie in perfectly with the contemporary surroundings and the gold accents used by the interior designers. Designed using an organic pattern, the carpet creates movement which immediately draws the eye and almost guides the passengers along to the rest of the ship.
Ulster Carpets in Seven Seas Explorer Observation Lounge
Each area differs from the next, yet they all remain true to the ‘one of a kind’ feel. The Compass Rose Restaurant features a striking art-deco inspired design on the carpet which provides the perfect backdrop for the stunning blue crystal chandelier in the centre of the restaurant. The Pacific Rim restaurant on the other hand emits a subtle oriental feel and the carpet reflects this through the use of interlocking patterns which add texture and depth to the design.
Arguably the most striking of the designs, the observation lounge presents a bold design of large scale, abstract flowers outlined in gold. The lounge itself echoes old Hollywood glamour and the carpet along with all of the intricate details work in harmony to create an interior fit to compete with the stunning panoramas likely to be found outside the ship. Moving through to the bar area in the observation lounge, the carpet changes to a more distinct art deco pattern designed to tie in with the shapes on the ceiling of the lounge.

Ulster Carpets in Seven Seas Explorer Pacific Rim Resaturant
Throughout the years Ulster Carpets have established themselves as a leading provider of custom carpets for the marine market and to date have manufactured pieces for some of the most world renowned ships such as the RMS Queen Mary 2 and Crystal Serenity. This latest marine project has been another huge success and Ulster was proud to play their part in the making of this truly remarkable ship.


Photography:Parrott Photography

Design Practice: CallisonRTKL and Tilberg Design

Jurys Inn, Brighton Waterfront

Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront

Situated just minutes from Brighton Pier, the Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront Hotel offers unrivalled views over Brighton beach and beyond. Ulster Carpets was delighted to have been called upon to provide luxury carpet for all areas of the hotel as part of their £5.6 million refurbishment. Bespoke woven axminster carpets were designed and manufactured for the public areas including the Atrium bar and Seaview Lounge, whilst a practical yet stylish tufted carpet was produced for the bedrooms by Ulster Carpets’ own Danish company danfloor.

Brighton Waterfront Atrium

Working alongside interior designers Cunningham McLean on the guestrooms and corridors and Design squared Ltd on the public areas, Ulster’s designers drew inspiration from the picturesque surroundings to create the striking designs which echo the natural elements of the coast. Varying shades of blue and sandy browns have been used throughout, using layered designs to create depth and movement reflecting the different textures found across the coastline; the sea, sand and pebbles.

Brighton Waterfront Promenade Lounge

Ulster Carpets has enjoyed a long established relationship with Jurys Inn Group, having worked with them on numerous projects across the UK and Ireland and once again were thrilled with the outcome of this most recent collaboration.

View more projects in our project gallery.

HD Expo Review

HD Expo 2017 took place on the 3rd to the 5th May in Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. The show was well attended and Ulster’s booth was busy throughout the three days. The European and marine markets were among many that showed a keen interest in our products. The show was also a fantastic chance for our American team to network and establish key relationships. The main attraction of the stand was no doubt the beautiful, textured carpet that received many admirers who prompted various guesses as to the design inspiration behind it.

Thank you to HD Expo for organising the event and to all who took the time to visit our stand.

Ulster Carpets at HD Expo, Las Vegas
Ulster Carpets at HD Expo, Las Vegas

Learn, Grow, Excel 2017

Ulster Carpets was delighted to be headline sponsors for the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce Learn, Grow, Excel Conference which took place on Wednesday 14th April in Titanic Quarter, Belfast. The conference was attended by around 200 businesses and was part of a wider initiative to help boost the economy. The event was incredibly useful for large and small businesses who are already exporting or hoping to export from Northern Ireland. Nick Coburn from Ulster Carpets, along with guests from Diageo, MJM Group and Christies Direct spoke about their success in exporting from Northern Ireland.

Nicky Coburn
Nicky Coburn – Managing Director of Ulster Carpets & President of the NI Chamber of Commerce.


“Northern Ireland companies must grasp opportunities around globalisation in order to help the local economy grow. For the NI economy exporting is a must-do. Unless we become stronger in exports, it will be difficult to move away from reliance on the public sector. Globalisation is here to stay – the global economy grew by 3% last year. It represents a huge opportunity for exporters and Northern Ireland has a lot to offer.” Nick Coburn, President of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Managing Director of Ulster Carpets.

Image Left-right: Ann McGregor - Chief Executive of NI Chamber, Nicky Coburn - NI Chamber President & Managing Director at Ulster Carpets, Steve Sarowitz - Founder & CEO of Paylocity & Director at Payescape, Marshall Boyd - Regional Director of NI DSV Air & Sea and Shauna Burns - Commercial & Stragegy Director at Beyond Business Travel
Image Left-right: Ann McGregor – Chief Executive of NI Chamber, Nicky Coburn – NI Chamber President & Managing Director at Ulster Carpets, Steve Sarowitz – Founder & CEO of Paylocity & Director at Payescape, Marshall Boyd – Regional Director of NI DSV Air & Sea and Shauna Burns – Commercial & Stragegy Director at Beyond Business Travel
Griffith Textiles Machines

Ulster Carpets Purchases Griffith Textile Machines

Griffith Textiles Machines
Griffith Textiles Machines


Ulster Carpets is pleased to announce the acquisition of Griffith Textile Machines. The purchase of the premier UK manufacturer of textile machinery consolidates a long-standing relationship between the two companies.

GTM, formerly known as Bonas Griffith, is a leading innovator of technical textile machinery based in Sunderland. Combining their unique skills with Ulster’s weaving experience will lead to further significant improvements in carpet weaving technology.

This acquisition begins the second phase of the £35million regeneration of all woven manufacturing facilities at Ulster’s Portadown site. Phase one was the recent completion of a £8 million Dye house and Energy centre increasing manufacturing efficiency as well as bringing a number of major environmental benefits. This regeneration project will ensure that manufacturing remains in Portadown long term, securing employment for the local area.

Working alongside the excellent management team and employees of GTM, Ulster is committed to enabling their continued growth and further developing new and exciting technology in the textile sector.
David Acheson, Ulster’s Head of Strategic Operations commented, “Ulster’s ethos and future plans very much revolve around quality, design excellence and technical innovation, and Griffith Textile Machines fits this perfectly. We are delighted to have secured this purchase and are excited about the future prospects as the two businesses combine their skills.”

Dave Watson, GTM’s Managing Director comments “with our shared strategic objectives and being such a clear fit, joining the Ulster Group was an obvious next step for both parties. We are thrilled with the rare opportunity to focus on developing innovative solutions based on our joint peerless technology. Joining the Ulster Group is the culmination of a twenty five year business relationship and will encourage GTM to achieve its maximum potential to the benefit the group.

The acquisition is being funded from cash reserves and reflects Ulster’s desire to continue to broaden the Group by selectively adding outstanding businesses when and where the appropriate opportunity arises.

London Marriott Regents Park

London Marriott Regents Park

Just a stone’s throw from the famous Regents Park, the London Marriott Hotel Regents Park is all about style and substance. An upmarket North London location called for a sophisticated interior when the hotel recently under went a refurbishment programme which included bespoke Ulster axminster.

Armed with a brief which took its inspiration from the hotel’s namesake Regent’s Park, Ulster designers worked alongside ICA design practice to create an abstract, textural design which mimics the shadow play of light through the canopy of leaves. The soft, whimsical layers and organic colours create depth, whilst the hint of gold adds a luxurious touch.  Like the adjacent Royal Park, the interior spaces within the hotel offer a restful place in which to unwind whilst remaining reassuringly well appointed.

Ulster have worked a long established relationship with Marriott around the world and so were delighted to be involved in this most recent project. Ulster’s outstanding London-based sales and design team, make them the natural choice for projects in the capital, offering face to face consultation and timely customer service. Such is the demand for Ulster’s services in the London market, Ulster have recently expanded their sales team with the addition of Chris Colvin, who joined the company under a Graduate Management Scheme. After working in the company’s Purchasing department, Chris has now relocated to London and is enjoying a new challenge within the busy London market.

Marriott Regents Park
Marriott Regents Park

Design Practice: ICA

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