Whaleys Stage drapes started from humble beginnings over 20 years ago now, having been well established within the textile community for many years, we had an enquiry from one of our regular customers, to see if we would be prepared to make a pair of Front of House drapes for him, to certain requirements, tentatively we agreed and with much brow beating and head scratching we produced a rather successful pair of drapes, this led us to believe that there was a gap in the market for a good quality theatre drapes company, to supply theatres, drama groups, schools and colleges.
Over the years, the company has expanded in to one which specialises in the production of theatre and stage drapes. Hard to believe that this began from one curtain make-up request and one sewing machinist, and it has been nurtured and grown, so much so that now Whaleys are regarded as one of the leading manufacturers of theatre curtains and stage drapes. This department runs in tandem with a large flameproofed fabrics section and also includes a dedicated sewing department which manufactures all types of bags for the textile and coal industries (even garden bags) and currently over 20% of the company’s products are exported world-wide, particularly to North America and Europe.
Whaleys has seen many changes and has itself implemented many, in order to grow. It is this diversity and foresight that will help it to continue to grow and that will lead it into the foreseeable future.