The story of Finlayson began in 1820. In a short period of time Finlayson became the largest industrial enterprise in Scandinavia and its growth was based on unique courage and open-mindedness. The first electric lights in the Nordic countries were switched on in the Finlayson weaving hall and the company had its own hospital, day care centre, school, fire brigade, pharmacy and nursing home. It created a social security system in a time when no one had even heard of such a thing. More significantly, however, Finlayson was the first company in Finland to offer women an opportunity to an independent life: an apartment and livelihood. Women's status in the Finnish society is evident in the fact that in 1906 Finland became the first country in Europe to grant women the right to vote.
Finlayson studio, founded in 1951, was in the first wave of Scandinavian fabric design to conquer the world with its original, minimalist, colourful and fresh approach. Considering all this, it is easy to understand why Finlayson is still by far the most loved home design textile producer in Finland. Perhaps the thousands of charming and memory-evoking patterns have their role in the story that lives on and arises again with the new owners, courageous and open-minded, in a way that would make James Finlayson, the company founder, proud.