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The Exceptional Story of How Ulster Linen Came to Be the Premier Source for Irish, Belgian and Western European Linen

A farmer, a fox and an unlikely friendship made the perfect recipe for business success. 

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A landmark business begins

The exceptional story of how Ulster Linen began…


John Sloan’s father was a farmer in Ireland who had five sons. An event one day changed the families’ path of history – a fox hunt.

As in most hunts, and this hunt was no exception, farm land, fences, and crops were par for the course and consequently damaged in the process.


John Sloan’s father took exception to this folly and caught the Master of the hunt’s horse and dismounted him. There must have been a bit of a tussle. The next day in a conciliatory gesture, the Master of the hunt returned to apologize for the damage caused by this folly, and as was the custom he brought with him a pup as a present. They got to talking and must have become somewhat friendly. On parting, the Master presented John Sloan’s father with a further gesture of friendship- recognizing that the farm could not sustain enough work for all the sons, the Master offered a position for one of the five sons to study in the school for linen weavers. John Sloan was the one to take up this offer and from there on he worked hard to develop a very successful weaving business.

Ulster Linen’s roots go back to an Irish mill called The Ulster Weaving Co., Ltd. John Sloan Larmor started the Irish Mill over 150 years ago as a small weaving division of the Ulster Spinning Co., Ltd.


William Hogg Larmor was the youngest son of John Sloan Larmor. He came to the United States and started the present New York company in 1933 focusing on linen fabric and finished products. Ulster Linen continues to carry the finest linen products and fabric, and specializes in all weights and widths of linen- including 120” wide width linen.

Official Seal of the Trustees of the board of linen and Hemp Mfrs. of Ireland 18th Century
Official Seal of the Trustees of the board of linen and Hemp Mfrs. of Ireland 18th Century

The William Hogg Official Seal

 William Hogg was a venerable person in the linen business in the 18th century. His duties were to check the quality of all brown (what is referred to today as natural) linen and make sure it met with his high standards. Once a linen was confirmed by him as top quality, it was entitled to bear the official William Hogg seal of quality.  An interesting side note, William Hogg was the inspiration for the name of John Sloan’s youngest son, William Hogg Larmor.


A product so pure you can feel the difference

Ulster Linen maintains that standard of quality today.  Ulster Linen has the level of quality product that interior designers and fashion designers require, especially when designers require a specific type of linen for their projects. Ulster Linen’s superb linen can transform into luxurious draperies or the latest fashions on the runway at Fashion Week.


Ulster Linen fabric has many other important uses as well – it can be seen woven into the seams of American artistry as the canvas of many famous paintings, and you will even find it on the interior of some violins.


From Upholstery linen to Scrim linen and everything in between, Ulster Linen’s product never ceases to surpass your expectation of quality and luxury.


The future of Ulster Linen

The family legacy continues.  Ulster Linen remains a family business to this day with (father) Dever Larmor, (son) Joseph Larmor and (daughter) Jackie Mihaley at the helm. They continue to teach about the tradition and incredible product that is linen and they pride themselves on providing a superior product to their clients in the United States.


When it pertains to Irish Linen, Belgian Linen and Western European Linen, you will find Ulster Linen at the forefront. Ulster Linen prides itself on having the largest selection of fine linen stocked in the United States. In stock means that your product can be rushed to you often next day shipping. No need to wait for items to arrive from Europe.


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