After many years of experience working in the world of textiles, I established McBurney and Black in 2013.
Grandmothers Lizzie Black, from Scotland and Margaret McBurney, from Ireland, were my inspiration. They both had a great love for linen, an addiction to collecting and serious needlework skills! I also had close links to the Irish Linen trade; my great uncle a linen lapper and my great aunt a linen yarn winder in the days when Belfast was known as Linenopolis.
The aim is to share their legacy and that of others by offering a curated collection of Irish Linens and accessories.
The collection is constantly changing as buyers find the perfect tablecloth or set of napkins - so the challenge is to find more beautiful, unique and sometimes quirky linens and accessories to tempt you.
Just because a piece of linen is vintage doesn’t mean it has to be used in a traditional way. I love to combine the old and new, creating a way to enjoy these timeless treasures in our modern lives.
I maintain a close connection to the home of Irish Linen, heading home to Northern Ireland every few weeks to view estate sales and private collections and at the same time making new friends in the wider linen community.
Fiona McKelvie, Founder and Creative Director