Today Ferreira de Sá based in Silvalde, Espinho celebrates 72 years old, where the company went into operation on April 25th 1946, under the trade name Pinto & Fontes, Sucrs, Lda. It was a factory of manual tapestry and ropes with a dyeing facility, that manufactured floor carpets, rugs, runners and wall-to-wall carpeting made of jute, coir and wool.
Over 200 people used to work there, mostly women that bought with them work experience in the sector, with the advantage of being knowledgeable in making the “Beiriz stitch”, a stitch made using a manual knot and an unmistakable technique, currently known as the “Portuguese stitch”. In April 1956 Manuel Pereira Fontes sold his share quota to managing partner Joaquim Ferreira de Sá. Henceforth, the company bore his name – Ferreira de Sá
Nowadays, Tapeçarias Ferreira de Sá, Lda is the oldest national company producing traditional rugs specialized in premium bespoke rugs, offering three different production techniques: the Hand-tufting, the Portuguese Hand-knotting and the Hand-weaving.
This success is due to the third generation of Ferreira de Sá family – Eng. Textile Fernanda Ferreira de Sá, Eng. Civil Maria Cristina Ferreira de Sá, Architect Nuno Ferreira de Sá and Dr. Joaquim Ferreira de Sá – together they continued the family business and increased company’s growth, changing the business strategy to the luxury segment and invested in innovation and technology, in order to increase product quality and satisfy the need of customers spread across the five continents where Ferreira de Sá operates.
The year 1992, marked the start of a new method of making rugs in Portugal, the key of success of Ferreira de Sá. Technique named as hand-tufting has bought many advantages to the company, such as modernization, fast production and lower costs. The quality of the rugs made using this technique quickly conquered national and international markets.
72 years full of great success. Years go by, production numbers and employees increase, as well as the company's success and recognition in the market. Company driven by excellence, quality and innovation, it is impossible to delineate the end of Ferreira de Sá's success story.