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Harris Tweed

Harris Tweed Curtain and Upholstery Fabric

Harris Tweed has been woven for hundreds of years, from the hardy sheep which graze on the Hebridean Islands. Only cloth woven on Harris can carry the Orb symbol which guarantees it is genuine Harris Tweed. Every length of Harris Tweed fabric is supplied with a label which can be sown into place to certify authenticity.

 

Harris Tweed Upholstery Fabric

Harris Tweed is perfect for upholstery, being made from virgin wool it is both hard-wearing and inherently flame retardant. If you choose Harris Tweed upholstery fabric for your sofa or chair you can expect it to look superb for many years to come.

Harris Tweed Curtain Fabric

If you require curtains made from any of our Harris Tweed fabrics, please get in touch with your measurements and other requirements, and we will provide you with a quote for our bespoke curtain making service. Our Harris Tweed Curtain fabric is of the highest quality and every piece comes with a label confirming the authenticity and hebridean origin.

 

Harris Tweed Fabric

Across the waters from Scotland, beyond the Isle of Skye lies the barren, rocky Isle of Harris. One hundred and fifty years ago, the islanders created a unique cloth, a tweed entirely woven by hand that was to become famous, known simply as it is today as 'Harris Tweed'. Originally, the wool was washed in soft peat water, and then coloured with dyes from local plants and moss scraped from the rocks. The yarn was woven on a very early type of handloom that had a manually operated shuttle.
In 1906, the Kenneth Mackenzie Mill, the successor to the Lewis Wool Mills company, was established. It was primarily a carding and spinning mill distributing machine spun yarn for the independent weavers.
Another major development was the formation of the 'Harris Tweed Authority' in 1909, to ensure that the fabric was not in danger of being imitated, and of inferior quality. They devised the now famous 'Orb' trademark, which appears on every single Harris Tweed item, to prove that it is made from genuine Harris Tweed. To this day, Harris Tweed is the only fabric in the world protected by an Act of Parliament. This states that it must be made 'with 100% pure virgin wool, dyed, spun and finished in the Outer Hebrides and woven by hand by the Islanders in their homes on the Islands of Lewis, Harris, Uist and Barra'. The unique Act is policed by the Harris Tweed Authority, who monitors all fabric on a daily basis. Every 50 metres of fabric is inspected and approved before being stamped by hand with the Orb trademark. No other fabric can call itself Harris Tweed. It is amazing to think in this mechanised and mass produced world, Harris Tweed is still woven by hand on the Western Isles of Scotland.





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