The traditional Welsh blanket patterns are usually associated with Welsh tapestry blankets, which are the icon of the Welsh woollen industry. Our range of Welsh tapestry blankets is called "Hiraeth" - Hiraethis a Welsh concept of longing for home, which can be loosely translated as 'nostalgia', or, more commonly, 'homesickness'. Nothing says “hiraeth” more than an iconic Welsh tapestry blanket.
Welsh Blank Patterns Names - Caernarfon, Dyffryn and Pennsylvania
The Caernarfon (or Portcullis) pattern is in many of our blankets and is among the most iconic of all Welsh blanket patterns names. If you think of a Welsh tapestry pattern, then this Caernarfon pattern is likely to be the most familiar thanks to its mass production in the 1950s and ‘60s. There are some experts that believe the classic Welsh patterns were the precursor of many of the North American folk art textile traditions, largely as a result of widespread Welsh emigration during the 1790s onward. 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.
The other classic patterns are the Dyffryn and Pennsylvania patterns (also Anglicised as Duffryn) which are much rarer than the Caernarfon pattern.
Modern Day Hand Woven Welsh Blankets
Welsh tapestry blankets are very popular and the demand is greater than can be hand woven. As a result there are a number of smaller tapestry style blankets available all with the iconic Welsh blanket patterns. In our online store we have a range of these Welsh blankets for sale, all hand woven in Wales in a truncated version of the Caernarfon pattern. All are approximately 175 x 140 cms [68 x 55 inches] and are generally softer to touch and smaller than the traditional Welsh tapestry blankets.
All these blankets have fantastic customer reviews and here are just a few;
Pen y Garreg - Stephen I said, "A Welsh Double Weave treasure! Stunning! The colors and pattern are a delight and a testament to the skill of the weaver. Double weave is my favorite weaving structure.
Elan - Paula S. said, "Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous what else is there to say!"
Pont y Glasier - Kay M said, "I have always wanted one of these. Lovely & a real treasure for ever."