YOU MAY have seen them on the hit TV series Downton Abbey or Mr Selfridge.
Some of the world’s biggest stars like Rhianna and Adele have also used them.
And now the Leader can reveal that lampshades used by multi-platinum selling artists and found on the sets of some of British TV’s best-loved shows are made near Wrexham.
Lotus Lampshades of Whitehurst, near Chirk, have been manufacturing lampshades for more than 50 years and in recent times their shades have become a must-have for sets of major TV series and smash world music tours.
The manufacturers also produced a Union Jack-style lampshade which was seen on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s table as they appeared at a BAFTA awards ceremony.
Lisa Rigley, who owns the business which is based in the old chapel in Whitehurst, took over the firm in 1984 from her mother, who set up Lotus in the early 1960s.
She said: “We used to get a lot of competition but since mass production of shades began in China, the industry has gone to the wall.
“We produce quite niche products and we’re now the only company nationwide who make this kind of thing.”
Their star status began when Lotus were approached by Amy Winehouse’s people for a lamp for the set for her Back to Black tour. The late London star also sang with Wrexham lampshades at the back of the stage.
“Since then Rhianna has ordered our products and Adele took 25 shades on her US tour,” said Lisa.
“Apparently, they were the most precious item on her set – which we are very proud of.
“She then bought more than 90 of our shades in a rose colour for her Royal Albert Hall shows and we got to go and see them in action at her concert at the Hammersmith Apollo, which was a wonderful experience.”
Ms Rigley explained how Lotus, who comprise of five members of staff, were approached by ITV production bosses to provide all the lampshades for the set of costume drama Downton Abbey.
“We jumped at the chance and it is great seeing our shades in almost every shot in the main house on Downton.”