Welsh blankets

Welsh blankets

Welsh blankets have become synonymous with the word quality. Using techniques and knowledge that has  developed over many centuries, the blankets are exquisitely weaved into warm, colourful and long lasting woollen blankets. It has long been a tradition for families to pass the blankets down generations in Wales.

Today there are still a handful of mills operating in Wales using traditional looms e.g.

  • Elvet Woollen mill
  • Solva Woollen mill
  • Melin Tregwynt mill
  • Trefriw Woollen mill
  • Felinfach

Welsh Tapestry Blankets

Welsh tapestry blankets have become a popular type of blanket that involves a particular weaving process. The blankets are double weaved with one consequence being they come with a different colour scheme on either side, and another being they are heavy and warm. Tapestry patterns vary substantially and many areas or mills within Wales developed their own pattern. The most popular one being the Caernarfon tapestry design or portcullis pattern.

The blankets often come with fringes and come in a massive variety of colours schemes including green, purple, yellow, brown, orange and red. The blankets have been adopted by contemporary Welsh homeware retailers as well as further afield. They are sold as throws, baby blankets, and bedspreads (single, double and king-size). The pattern is also now being used in the production of rugs, cushions, lamp shades, clothing and more.