Bob Perrin and Greg Rowe were two friends who shared a passion for making things. Fascinated by traditional manufacturing, they loved tinkering with mechanical objects and making them work better. So much so that they gained a reputation for helping local companies with engineering problems, or producing small production runs of hard-to-make components.
Forty years ago in East London, with limited funds and a factory that was little more than a garden shed, they began their partnership. Alongside a growing stream of projects from a wide range of different businesses, they worked on their own ideas and innovations.
The idea that made their name, and international reputation, was the world’s first 3 in 1 tap – a tap that dispensed hot, cold and filtered water - using a unique patented waterway.
Technology has always been at the heart of the company, but it’s Bob and Greg’s passion for traditional manufacturing craft that has defined the Perrin & Rowe brand. They believed, and we do today, that every product must be treated individually to ensure the highest possible quality. Mass production is not our business.
Bob and Greg’s innovations opened up new markets, and gradually a comprehensive range of kitchen and bathroom brassware was developed. They hired talented designers who established distinctive traditional and contemporary ranges. Sanitaryware was added, each piece handmade in a small factory in Staffordshire. Perrin & Rowe became known by architects and design professionals for its quality and durability, so started to appear in famous hotels such as the Savoy, the Langham and Claridges.
Today all the brassware is forged in the Black Country, the engine room of the industrial revolution, where heavy industry remains in the blood. Design, assembly and final quality checks take place at Perrin & Rowe’s main operation in Rainham, on the edge of East London. We continue to fire flawless sanitaryware in Tamworth in Staffordshire using skills that have been handed down through the generations.
Bob Perrin and Greg Rowe retired some years ago, but their legacy and passion live on at Perrin & Rowe. Their principles of small scale production – the better to deliver unrivalled quality - built on British design, engineering and manufacturing excellence, remain in place today. Now a global luxury brand, Perrin & Rowe still treasures its staff, supports its working families and concentrates on the perfection of each product it designs, makes and delivers.
The Perrin & Rowe Promise
All Perrin & Rowe products are designed and manufactured in Britain.
We are driven by engineering excellence. We use state of the art manufacturing technology to support our traditional methods and skills.
Our brassware is made from low lead brass of the highest quality available. The surface is plated to a thickness that exceeds industry standards, ensuring a deep, protective coating that is resistant to wear and pleasing to the eye.
We assemble our brassware by hand, and individually water-test each one.
Our handles and spouts include bearing rings and engineering ‘O’ seals to ensure maximum durability. Perrin & Rowe brassware has a ‘wobble free feel’.
Our ceramic disc valves are tested up to 500,000 cycles and supplied by the world’s leading ceramic cartridge manufacturer. On test, valves are repeatedly turned on and off with pressurised water to the equivalent of 25 years’ use in a domestic installation.
Perrin & Rowe specifically manufacture for different markets around the globe. No additional adapters or converters are required for installation.
Our aim is to offer the world’s finest range of kitchen and bathroom products.