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History

2016 Began generating electricity from solar panels fitted to the factory roof. Commitment to a green energy programme continues with the installation of an underfloor heating system powered using heat from the ceramic kilns. Opened on 28th July by The Prince Charles, the Duke of Rothesay. Country Homes & Interiors Carpet award for Benbecula design.

2015 The eCommerce site was relaunched and the London shop was opened off Marylebone High Street. Construction began on the new factory and warehouse in the Highlands.

2014 Expanding to the west of Scotland, our first shop in Glasgow opened in West George street. Heather Robertson, a Saltire Scholar, joined the company full time in marketing. Julie Brown took over cushion making training in house and Lee-Anne Fraser has responsibility for upholstery.

2011 The flagship store in George Street in Edinburgh opened. Designed by Lachlan Stewart, the style and quality of the local and natural materials used in the refurbishment perfectly complement the ANTA collections.

2007 The travel collection, designed for men and women, includes a weekend and cabin bag. The ANTA clutch bag doubles as a document case as it nicely fits a tablet. Janey Cameron helped develop the ANTA leather trimmed luggage and began making it all in house.

2006 Yvonne Mackay joined as a young trainee working her way quickly through the ranks taking responsibility for operations. Jackie Christie took on the production of carpet rugs and bags running the textile manufacturing.

2005 ANTA candles became a quintessential Scottish gift. Sue Brown joined, taking charge of the candle room, preparing the scented wax and filling the stoneware bowls and beakers.

2003 Mark Woolley joined as production manager. Together with his wife Marilyn, they transformed the business from what began as an artist studio into a commercial production facility.

2002 New carpet collections were launched and the London shop moved from Notting Hill to a more central location off Sloane Square in Chelsea. The range of cushions throws and accessories was expanded, to supply hotels as well as domestic interiors.

1999 Toby Philps and David Calderwood joined the pottery as technicians. They mix and prepare the raw material before moulding it into shape. The range extends from table ware, decorative accessories, tiles and lighting.

1998 The Stewart family moved into Ballone Castle after completing the restoration. Built in 1590, it was lived in for a relatively short time and by the early 1700s it was abandoned, becoming derelict. Lachlan Stewart, a conservation architect, rebuilt it with the help of masons Ian Telfer and the late Duncan Mills.

1995 The first ANTA shop was opened in Edinburgh. All ANTA stoneware is decorated by hand. Elaine Mackay joined the decorating team and now as head decorator is in charge of training, maintaining the consistent high quality ANTA customers expect.

1994 They began to mail order worldwide and Eddie Quinn joined in charge of despatch. Now with the help of the eCommerce site, thousands more ANTA customers are able to buy their unique Scottish products, enjoying the weekly Tartan Tuesday promotions and recipe ideas.

1990 They opened their first shop in London and returned home to the Highlands to start their pottery and textile manufacturing, building a team by training craftsmen and women locally.

1984 Annie and Lachlan Stewart founded the design partnership ANTA Scotland creating original home furnishing collections of textiles and ceramic stoneware. After rescuing and restoring an eighteenth century weaver's house in Spitalfields, they set up a studio in London, living and working from home.

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