Hypnos is a family-run bed making company. Peter Keen, our Chairman is the fourth generation to run the business. His son, James, and daughter, Sarah, are the fifth generation of Keens’ to help run the business on a day to day basis. The Keen family have held Royal Warrants since 1929 - the 1st ‘Keen’ Royal Warrant was for George V.
Royal Warrants have always been regarded as demonstrating the very highest standards in excellence, quality, service and innovation, hence are highly prized and are a mark of the best of British. Hypnos' Royal Warrant is for HM Queen Elizabeth II and covers the category - 'Bedding and upholstery manufacturers’.
Our master craftsman are upholstery experts, we not only supply the Royal Family and Royal Household with mattresses and beds, but we also undertake bespoke upholstery commissions for the Royal Family – we recently replaced the banquet seating for the Ballroom at Buckingham Palace.
Hypnos is proud to be the only luxury bed maker to actively supply the Royal family, Royal Household and the Royal residences including Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, St.James Palace, Balmoral Castle, Sandringham House, The Palace of Holyroodhouse and Kensington Palace.
Read more about Royal Warrants within the publication 'By Royal Appointment', distributed within The Times newspaper, by clicking here, or within 'Live like a royal', distributed within The Sunday Telegraph newspaper, by clicking here.
Royal Warrant Holders Association
The earliest recorded Royal Charter was granted by Henry II to the
Weavers’ Company in 1155. In 1394 Dick Whittington helped obtain a Royal Charter for
his own Company, the Mercers, who traded in luxury fabrics. By the 15th century Royal tradesmen were recognised with a Royal Warrant of Appointment.
An early recipient was William Caxton, England’s first printer, who was appointed King’s printer in
In the late 18th century Royal tradesmen began displaying the Royal Arms on their premises and
stationery. But it was Queen Victoria who ensured Royal Warrants gained the prestige they enjoy
From the early 19th century, Royal Tradesmen held an annual dinner to celebrate the Sovereign’s
birthday. When they gathered on 25 May 1840 for Queen Victoria’s birthday they decided to form ‘The
Royal Tradesmen’s Association’. It began with just 25 members but numbers rose steadily. In those
days it was an exclusively male organisation, although if ‘a lady or firm of ladies’ held a Royal
Warrant they could ‘appoint a gentleman to represent them.’
In 1907 the Association received its first Royal Charter and became The Royal Warrant Holders
Association. In 2007 The Queen regranted the Charter.