In May 1955 an ambitious 26 year old called Eric Hughes started his own textile company to supply Homemaker Piece goods to wholesalers throughout Britain and Ireland. By 1960 the company was now flourishing but a new business: Associated Home Fabrics (AHF) was formed to supply the rapidly growing number of retailers who wanted to deal directly with the textile producers of the time. AHF gradually grew bigger as the wholesale market declined. In the early sixties AHF became the first UK company to produce READY MADE CURTAINS, an idea which had started in America. Over the next two decades, Ready Made curtains became increasingly popular and by the 1980s they were the main source of revenue for AHF. As the Homemaker name grew into a leading Brand of middle market ready made curtains. Eric died in 2013 after an amazing 7 decades in Textiles.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s AHF continued to produce a wide range of Curtains and accessories such as Cushion Covers and later Duvet Cover Sets all manufactured entirely in the British Isles and sold all over the UK and Ireland. Many were printed on high spec rotary printing machines like the one on the left.
AHF built a reputation for QUALITY and SERVICE that continues today.
By 2004 the world was changing. Many of the retail chains so popular in the twentieth century were facing closure and the huge growth in imported goods meant that much of the UK textile manufacturing sector faced a bleak future.
AHF went through a period of consolidation concentrating on the Independent retailers through out the country. At the same time the closure of many of the remaining UK textile factories forced a switch of the imported goods from abroad. The combination of designing and building prototype products in the UK whilst benefiting from reduced production costs abroad took some time to bear fruit but ultimately this has lead to a much more varied collection of ready made curtains and cushion covers.