|Carluke chairs are to be found all over Scotland turning up in cafes, kitchens, auctions and outhouses. They were made by the furniture making firms based in Carluke when it was a centre for furniture making in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Couples who were setting up house could buy all their household items from chairs to fire irons and girdles from the one firm.|
Here are two designs bought for everyday use more than 100 years ago. The “Glasgow” pattern, with its straight top rail running between the uprights was commonly made in Lowland Scotland. However, chairs made in Carluke are recognisable by the crosscut front corners, the softwood seat set into the frame (dyked) and a raised strip nailed along the back of the seat.