About Craig & Rose Paints 

About Craig & Rose

A genuine heritage

Craig & Rose is the oldest independent paint manufacturer in the UK. Established in 1829 by two young Scottish entrepreneurs James Craig & Hugh Rose, the firm’s reputation spread swiftly throughout the UK and Craig & Rose became the paint of choice for the professional painter and decorator. An establishing principle of the firm was (and still is) a dedication to quality. In those days when paint was milled, grinding the base raw materials that came from all over the world - where competitors ground twice, Craig & Rose were known for their triple grinding.

Craig & Rose won the tender to paint the iconic Forth Bridge in the 1880s and provided the paint for over 100 years. The bridge is, even today, regarded as an engineering marvel. Many famous public buildings including the National Portrait Gallery, St Pauls Cathedral and Brighton Pavilion have chosen, and still choose Craig & Rose paints.

Today we are known for our authentic period colours, handpicked from our historical archives and faithfully reproduced using the finest raw materials. We are also known for our artisan effects – from metallic paints to glitter glazes, we have created an exclusive selection of tactile finishes.

We also work with select brand partners across the world to develop and create bespoke ranges which are in keeping with our shared values of quality and design.


1829 Vintage Colour Collection

Our flagship 1829 range was launched in 2000, and has been relaunched in 2017. It features 110 vintage colours researched using the company’s extensive historic archives. The range recreates colours from different historical periods including:

  • Art Deco
  • Arts & Crafts Movement
  • Georgian & Regency
  • Rococo
  • Victorian
  • Renaissance
  • Ancient World
  • Ming
  • Moorish
  • Shaker

All the colours are available in three finishes:

  • Chalky Emulsion: a rich matt finish which mimics traditional distemper
  • Eggshell: a low sheen finish that is more environmentally sound than traditional oil gloss
  • Gloss: A hard-wearing paint with a high-gloss finish that’s ideal for woodwork items like doors, windows and furniture, both indoors and out. Adds striking gloss highlights.

The variations of finish mean that colours can be coordinated for both walls and woodwork. 

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Artisan Decorative Effects

Launched in 2017, our ARTISAN off-the-shelf speciality collection of decorative paints and finishes allows you to create bold, beautiful and bespoke effects in your home. Inject some striking contemporary style into a room by illuminating smaller objects like ornaments or, for a more dramatic look, larger pieces like furniture and feature walls.

From metallic effects and glitter glazes to contemporary concrete effects and easy to use spray paints, the Artisan Collection will help you to make your home uniquely yours.

Indulge your creative soul and craft your home.

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Combining our unrivalled history with progressive manufacturing,our Trade range contains primers, glazes, varnishes and special-effects paints enabling the professional to specify with complete confidence. 

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Brand Partners

We work with a select number of brand partners to develop and create bespoke ranges which are in keeping with our shared values of quality and design.We work closely with each designer brand to develop colour palettes that express their brand values - realised using premium quality finishes. All of these ranges can be purchased through Craig & Rose online, and through a number of retail stockists. We are curently working with Abigail Ahern and Liberty.

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Craig & Rose Environmental Management

In 2007 Craig & Rose achieved ISO14001 environmental management accreditation.  This means that we measure and monitor all our environmental impact and comply with all current UK legislation.  Craig & Rose are committed to actively reducing its environmental impact year on year and work with a number of organisations to reduce waste, reduce the depletion of natural resources and more recently we have been undertaking a project to recycle paint which would otherwise end up in the UK waste stream. 



Craig & Rose are always aware of our external stakeholders and have provided paint for various projects throughout the UK including the refurbishment of the Debra stores (debra.org.uk) throughout the UK and more recently the provider of paint for two projects under the Scottish National Heritage Trust whose aim is to look after Scotland’s nature, landscape and buildings. If you have a project that you would like to work with us, please contact us


Traditional Paint Forum

We are co-founders of the Traditional Paint Forum, a membership forum for discussing and promoting a better understanding and appreciation of traditional paint. The forums encourages:

  • Practical research
  • Development of industry skills and techniques
  • Educating builders, conservators, craftsmen, designers, historians, journalists, property owners, architects, surveyors, etc. through lectures, demonstrations, publications and courses
  • Developing contacts with institutions and individuals who have relevant experience or knowledge

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