About Us

Part of The Romo Group, Kirkby Design was launched in September 2009, as a modern, high performance fabric resource library, compiled of collections with a sharp, contemporary feel coloured with a well balanced, sophisticated palette. With a fresh modern approach to upholstery fabrics Kirkby Design fulfils a requirement for a reliable, affordable and practical fabric resource which provides the essential basics for interior designers, retailers, furniture manufacturers and upholsterers to use in both residential and contract specifications.

The Colour Palette

A defining characteristic of Kirkby Design is the unique colour palette, which is made up of an extensive range of practical neutrals such as, Porcini, Bark, Jute and Twine, interspersed with fashionable shades including Orange, Eden, Magenta and Cobalt.


Specialist finishes

Meticulous care and attention has also been given to specific fabric treatments to ensure many of the fabrics meet Crib 5 contract standard, and to specialist finishing techniques to improve the handle on severe domestic and contract fabrics, ensuring the high durability does not compromise on the natural look and feel of the collections.


The Romo Group

Established in 1902, Romo is a family run business, based in Nottinghamshire, UK.  The company designs and markets exclusive furnishing and upholstery fabrics, wallcoverings and trimmings for residential and contract interiors.  There are currently six design houses operating under The Romo Group: Romo, Mark Alexander, Zinc Textile, Villa Nova, Kirkby Design and Black Edition, each with its own signature style and colour palette.  Design creativity and the highest level of product and service are central to the ethos of the company.  For more information about the group please visit the Romo website www.romo.com

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Marketing  & Distribution

Kirkby Design collections are launched twice a year, in March and September through our worldwide network of distributors and agents allowing our exclusive collections international brand recognition in over 70 countries.  

Kirkby Design also has a prominent presence in the market place through displays in Romo's flagship showrooms in London, New York, Miami, Munich and Cl. Houten, Holland as well as being represented in agent showrooms around the world.  The showrooms enable designers, decorators and their clients to view the complete range of our collections on large hangers, showing the designs and colours to the best effect.


Customer Service

The Romo Group is dedicated to offering the highest level of customer service.  A direct link to the main computer system enables the overseas offices to give up-to-the-minute stock levels on all products.  The fully computerised warehouse system permits all orders placed before 2pm to be despatched the same day.  Once despatched a bar coded ticketing and tracking system allows each order to be efficiently tracked at every point of transit by our sales advisors in the UK and abroad.   Our fast processing of orders coupled with the speed of our transportation partners ensures our delivery service is one of the most efficient in the industry.