Maintaining Harrods, heritage interiors

Harrods, the world famous store located in Knightsbridge, London is the largest department store in Europe. Established in 1824 by Charles Henry Harrod, the company has occupied the site of the current store since 1849 which was expanded and re-designed between 1894 and 1905 by the architect Charles William Stephens.

Craven Dunnill Jackfield has been involved in the restoration of the tiling in the Grade 11 listed food halls for many years. In 2018 the company was contacted to produce new tiles for both the Roastery & Bake Hall, and the Fresh Market Hall, which is a vibrant bustling showcase of the very best in fresh produce and the latest development in The Taste Revolution: a three-year transformation of the historic Harrods Food Halls.

The Jackfield team were involved in surveying the original tiling working closely with the client and contractor to enable the production of replacements for this prestigious project. The project tapped on the glaze matching skills of the Craven Dunnill Jackfield team of ceramic specialists to colour match and replicate new tiles to sit alongside the originals on site.

Over 7,000 replacement tiles were specially manufactured in two shades of green and one shade of cream, plus larger faience pieces for the door portals and the lower sections of ceramic clad columns. The original tiles over 100 years old were heavily shaded, so the complexity of the project involved supplying replacement tiles sympathetic to the original tile work. The replacement tiles were manufactured using traditional hand dipping techniques and glazes very similar to those used to make the original tiles.

Craven Dunnill Jackfield produces the finest quality ceramic wall and floor tiles for both the commercial and domestic interiors market. Established since 1872, today we continue to combine modern, with traditional production techniques to enable the manufacture of bespoke wall, floor, decorative art and faience ceramics.

Craven Dunnill has been producing ceramic wall and floor tiles for over 145 years and operate the oldest surviving purpose-built tile factory in the world. Located in what was once the world centre of tile production, it is now part of the World Heritage Site at the heart of Britain’s Industrial Revolution. Our flexible manufacturing techniques and highly skilled staff enable the production of bespoke ceramics for historical restoration projects and new-build contemporary commissions.

The company prides itself in the faithful manufacture of period style tiles and features and where possible uses original machinery, glaze recipes and hand decorating techniques to ensure authentic original qualities of our hand crafted tiles. The company offers a product matching service for those customers wishing to restore an original ceramic product replicating both the format, colour and surface finish. All tiles are handmade to order, allowing for a tailor made service to each and every specialist project commission.

The company welcomes designers and clients to the factory to view the different processes and techniques where the bespoke commissions can be discussed and defined. By seeing our flexible production facility first hand, clients have a better understanding of what can be achieved and how the Craven Dunnill Jackfield team can help you to fulfil your specific project needs. As a result of this interactive design process the company has worked with leading interior designers and mural specialists producing large hand glazed faience pieces for designer restaurants and bars, Olympic venues and public art projects.

Craven Dunnill Jackfield Ltd, Jackfield Tile Museum
Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire TF8 7LJ
T: 01952 884124