Who We Are
The Irish Linen House was founded by Dublin-born designer, Greg Whelan and his wife Mary in 2011.
Greg studied at the Grafton Academy of Fashion Design and following that, he worked successfully in the fashion industry for many years alongside his mother, before branching out with his own label in the early 1990s.
Greg has an innate talent for drawing and illustration which is evident through his beautifully intricate designs. Greg’s appreciation for Ireland’s natural beauty, rich culture and design heritage has inspired the brands aesthetic. Greg was always particularly drawn to Celtic inspired art, and combined with his eye for colours, textiles and fabrics from his experience in the fashion industry, the idea behind Irish Linen House was born. Eight years ago, Greg decided to turn his creative hand to home accessories, bringing a fresh new dimension to Irish linen and a contemporary twist to traditional Celtic designs and Irish folklore.
Since starting up the business, the brand has grown globally thanks to the support of loyal customers worldwide. In 2016, Irish Linen House opened up a shop within their studio on Bow Street in Smithfield, Dublin. The shop attracts tourists from abroad who love to see the creativity and craft come to life in the heart of Dublin. That same year, Greg was commissioned by Trinity College Dublin to design his own interpretation of the Book of Kells. Greg created a large 9 piece embroidered linen collection featuring over 2.2 million embroidered stitches, inspired by the illuminations in the Book of Kells. The framed pieces now hang proudly on the walls of Trinity. Greg also designed an exclusive range inspired by this piece which is now sold in the Trinity Gift Shop on campus, and on their online website here.
What We Do
We create tableware that is hand crafted to perfection from the finest Irish linen, telling stories through contemporary designs and traditional embroidery techniques, and appreciated for its quality and timelessness. We take a luxurious and elegant approach to table dressing, enhancing the dinner setting with beautifully decorated, distinctly Irish pieces. Our collections celebrate Irish tradition and comprise of table runners, placemats, napkins and home accessories including cushions, framed pieces and aprons.
We believe in producing quality products and timeless designs. The linen is machine washable and wearable which will last for decades, and age beautifully. We hope that our pieces become special keepsakes which can be passed down to generations to come.
Each and every design is meticulously hand-drawn and embroidered, and each one tells a unique story. Greg draws inspiration daily from Ireland’s natural beauty, rich culture and design heritage. The ranges are inspired by Celtic art, mythology and personalities in Irish folklore. Old stories come alive through the designs such as Fionn Mac Cumhaill and the Salmon of Knowledge. Alongside the traditional Celtic inspired collections, Greg has designed more contemporary range including the Wild and Fusion collections.
We also offer a fully personalised service to our customers and enjoy working one-to-one to design beautifully monogrammed sets to more detailed one-off pieces.
Made in Ireland
We are proud to say that our product range is Irish made. We produce our collections and make everything in our studio on Bow Street in Smithfield, Dublin. Ireland has a strong heritage of Irish linen and craft. We source the highest quality linen from Ireland’s best weavers, who have refined their craft and skill through many generations over the last 160 years. The linen used has a natural beauty of its own, giving the fabric its organic feel, character and charming qualities.