Our Story

Ali Cary started the Cotton Mills nearly thirty years ago.

My father, who initially worked as a set designer, started the House of Fabrics when I was ten years old, so I was introduced to interior design at a young age. This background has been a huge advantage in the ever-changing world of interiors!
— Ali Cary

The team at the Cotton Mills Design House is made up of a range of people from different creative backgrounds and interests. Jules trained as an architect, while Pipa has a background in ceramics before working in interiors. The team’s style guru Sarah, has decades of experience in design. Rebecca and Julia are natural creatives who can swiftly find a fabric just right for you from the extensive collection, and Molly’s recent textiles degree from Falmouth University gives her invaluable expertise. They employ their own fitters, Clive and Richard, who provide a trustworthy and professional measuring and fitting service for curtains, blinds and shutters. This service wouldn’t be possible without their talented upholsterers and curtain-makers, who prepare curtains, cushions and upholstery to one of the highest standards in the South West.