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The chesterfield sofa is the world’s best-known iconic British design when it comes to upholstered furniture. A highly distinctive visual design, the essential characteristics of chesterfield furniture have been preserved since its origins circa late 18th century.

The design remains distinctive today: antique chesterfield sofas of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries found in stately homes across the United Kingdom matches those made in the twenty-first century and proudly displayed in modern homes and institutions as elegant and functional classics. The chesterfield represents a long-term commitment to quality spanning more than 200 years.What is the CTA?

What is the Chesterfields Trade Association?

The Chesterfields Trade Association is a company limited by guarantee incorporated in England under number 09643626 for the sole purpose of regulating the chesterfields certification of UK origin. It does not produce furniture itself but promotes and defends the design heritage of chesterfield furniture dating back to circa 1780.

It also operates to ensure that new chesterfield products comply with other quality related regulations and are made to the appropriate high standards that honouring this heritage demands.

The chesterfield certification seeks to characterise the key indications of what makes chesterfield sofas true to the chesterfield design heritage, so that the name can be displayed proudly as a quality endorsement.

Purpose

The chesterfield sofa is the world’s best-known iconic British design when it comes to upholstered furniture. A highly distinctive visual design, the essential characteristics of chesterfield furniture have been preserved since its origin in 1780.

The design remains distinctive today: antique chesterfield sofas of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries found in stately homes across the United Kingdom matches those made in the twenty-first century and proudly displayed in modern homes and institutions as elegant and functional classics. It represents a long-term commitment to quality spanning more than 200 years.

The Chesterfields Trade Association sets out the regulations and guidelines for certification, so that manufacturers, retailers and customers can be certain of the criteria required before an item of furniture can properly be labelled as a genuine, certified chesterfield made in the UK.

Members

The chesterfield is one of the world’s best-known brands within the interiors market. The value of this brand is well established and provides consumers with guaranteed heritage protection and an assurance of quality.

In the case of the chesterfield certification, an authorised user can be any manufacturer or reseller offering authentic chesterfield upholstered furniture in accordance with the regulations and assessment criteria laid out by the association, and who can prove the authenticity of their products by reference to those criteria if called upon to do so.

IF YOU HAVE A PRODUCT WHICH YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE CERTIFIED, APPLY TO BECOME A LICENSEE BY STARTING HERE