Our Story

At Agua, we love fabrics. For more than 80 years we have specialised in the contract market. Originally we made and supplied uniforms and gowns to hospitals before the Second World War, but our business has evolved over time. Now, in the 21st century, our knowledge of the contract sector has made us the leader in technical, high-performance upholstery fabrics – designed for all purposes, sectors and design projects.

Our first waterproof and fire retardant upholstery collection was launched in 2004, and we now have an extensive range of over 35 collections and more than 700 different fabrics. From all our years of experience, we understand the needs and requirements of performance fabrics in all manner of demanding environments.

We are based in north London with a partner network for worldwide warehousing and distribution. We hold large levels of stock for all our collections and aim to supply orders globally within a few working days of receiving an order. We’re proud to be a family business, and to have led our industry in textile innovation for four generations – and counting.

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  • Josh Ralton (4th Generation)

  • Rolls of fabric at Agua warehouse in Romford Essex.

  • Left, Maurice Phillips (Founder) & Right, Malcolm Phillips (2nd Generation). Photo Taken 1982

  • Some Agua Team members at the Sleep & Eat Event 2017

  • Far Right Maurice Phillips (Founder); Middle Right, Selfridges Buyer; Middle Left, Malcolm Phillips (2nd Generation); Far Left, Phillip Dew (An employee of the Original Maurice Phillips Company) Photo Taken 1982.

  • Agua Exhibition Stand at the Sleep & Eat Event 2017

  • Josh Ralton (4th Generation) at Agua warehouse in Romford Essex