The kitchen may be the heart of the home, but it’s the sink that handles most of the daily chores. A perfect sink is one that works well and withstands years of use, while still remaining stylish and beautiful.

Farmhouse style sinks–also known as apron-front sinks–are highly functional, versatile and a great option for anyone who loves to spend time in the kitchen. The Shaws Original Collection from Rohl features some of our most popular kitchen sinks, and with good reason.


The Original Farmhouse Sink

Shaws introduced the farmhouse sink back in 1897, and their century-old techniques are still used today, with each sink carefully handcrafted in England with the distinctive Shaws design and fireclay construction. Each piece is hand-poured, shaped, and proudly stamped with the name of the artisan who created it. As Shaws’ official American partner, Rohl makes these superior pieces available stateside.

A Rohl Shaws sink is one of the most worthwhile investments one can make for the kitchen. The heavy duty fireclay ceramic sinks are resistant to acid, alkali, scratches and impact, making them extremely durable and great for long-term use. The extra-deep basins are large enough to accommodate oversized pots and a Thanksgiving dinner’s  worth of dirty dishes, and the apron-front allows you to get right up close to the sink, putting less strain on your back. Splashes and spills are also less likely, providing natural protection to the surrounding countertops, cabinets and floors.


The Great Chameleon: Classic and Modern

What comes to mind when one hears the phrase “farmhouse sink”? Typically, homeowners tend to associate “farmhouse” with “traditional”, “cottage”, and “country”, evoking the old days. Classic apron-front sink designs are reminiscent of a time when the kitchen sink was an essential part of daily life, used to clean clothes, scrub dishes, and even bathe the small children. But while it might be strange to think of using a farmhouse sink in a modern space, its clean lines and minimal aesthetic actually make it blend quite well with contemporary kitchens. And the timeless design is so versatile that it will naturally evolve with your kitchen, even if your personal style changes over time.


We’ve curated an ideabook on Houzz showcasing some beautiful uses of Rohl Shaws Original fireclay sinks. There are so many ways to design your kitchen using a farmhouse sink, no matter what your style. Have a look and join in the conversation!