Carter & Co tile makers, established in 1873, later become Poole Pottery in the 1920s. It became part of Pilkington’s Tiles in 1964. Meanwhile, in Staffordshire, George Woolliscroft & Son started making tiles in around 1884, concentrating on floor tiles from 1910. In 2000 Pilkington’s Tiles took the company over and the floor tile range became Dorset Woolliscroft, a bringing together of two names which had symbolised high quality, hard wearing porcelain tiling.
The Dorset Woolliscroft brand was acquired from Pilkington’s Tiles by Original Style in 2010 – we have now given it a new lease of life which should ensure its continuation and success for many more decades.
Life cycle costing is becoming increasingly important as manufacturers, architects and designers are challenged to provide and specify total cost-effective materials and solutions. Life cycle costing calculates the cost of a product over its whole lifespan, including owning, operating, maintaining, repairing, recycling and disposing. Dorset Woolliscroft fully vitrified floor tiles are Class A (A = lower overall environmental impact) and many studies support the view that porcelain tiling is the most economical flooring solution over a lifespan of 50 years.