THE HISTORY OF DOUGLAS JONES
November 1999. The first container arrived from Singapore for Douglas Jones to sell to the South African market.
Robin Douglas-Jones was one of the key figures in the introduction of mosaics into the South African market. Having owned a hardware store in Port Elizabeth and then establishing Kenzan Tiles, Robin moved to wholesaling mosaics and tile décor products when he identified a need in the ceramic tile business for more mosaic, décor and tile accent products.
That void was soon filled by Douglas Jones – the tile decor Collection, who began supplying tile retailers in early 2000. Since then the business has grown and has expanded across Southern Africa.
Robin seemed to understand how fickle the mosaic market can be. With so many different products to choose from around the world he had to be absolutely certain that a specific range would be accepted and supported by the local market, for which he had a brilliantly trained eye.
Douglas Jones not only imports mosaics and wholesales them to select retailers around Southern Africa, but also has the in-house capability to design and make up mosaic patterns, mixes and fades. The Creative Assembly Department is a labour-intensive component of the business that employs up to 15 people who work tirelessly to produce beautiful patterns that are installed throughout the world. Hotels, restaurants, lavish homes and corporate companies with a flair for design characteristically play home to some of the tasteful mosaic designs made up in the Cape Town business premises.
Professional catalogues, product training and a dedicated service centre demonstrate how Douglas Jones is geared to meet the ever-growing demand for quality and fashionable mosaics.
Douglas Jones celebrates being established in 1999. “For us at Douglas Jones, mosaics aren’t a business. They’re a passion,” says the management team. “We believe that our company’s passion for the beauty that mosaics can bring to a person differentiates us in the market”.