Our Welsh tapestry Collection is named ‘Hiraeth’ and nothing says Hiraeth more than an iconic Welsh tapestry blanket, baby blanket, throw, floor rug or cushion. Hiraeth is a Welsh concept of longing for home, which can be loosely translated as 'nostalgia', or, more commonly, 'homesickness'. Many claim 'hiraeth' is a word which cannot be translated, meaning more than solely "missing something" or "missing home."
A stunning addition to any home, traditional or contemporary. Using pure new wool on a 1930's Dobbcross loom, each step to produce the tapestry or floor rug is by hand using the skills and processes of yesteryear. There can be between 1700 to 2500 individual warp threads that are tied on to the heddles of the loom by hand. The ‘double weave’ design produces reversible blankets that are practical, hard-wearing and genuinely warm. Our range of tapestry cushions complement each of these beautiful Welsh tapestry blankets.
The Caernarfon (or Portcullis) design of many of our tapestry blankets or floor rugs (or rug tapestry blankets) are among the most iconic of Welsh patterns. Some historians believe them to be the predecessor of many of the North American textile traditions, largely as a result of widespread Welsh emigration from the 1790s onwards. In areas such as Pennsylvania, where the Welsh settled in significant numbers, the quilts and blankets of the neighbouring Amish are almost identical to Welsh tapestry blankets.
Our tapestry blankets and throws are made from new wool and are not vintage, used or second hand blankets. Our sizes are a generous true to size - if it says a single, double or king then that is the bed it will fit from foot to head and draped at the side. (see Tapestry Size Guide - Click here...)