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    Welsh Blankets

    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" - Hiraeth is 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 Blankets - Modern day traditional tapestry style blankets in the Caernarfon Poortcullis pattern
    Welsh Blanket Patterns - Hand woven Welsh tapestry blanket in the Caernarfon pattern - available in our FelinFach online shop, click here...


    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.


    Welsh blanket patterns - Caernarfon Pattern Welsh Blanket Patterns - Dyffryn (sometimes mis-spelt Duffryn) Pattern Welsh blanket patterns - Pennsylvania Pattern


    Caernarfon Portcullis Pattern

    The Caernarfon (or Portcullis) pattern is one of the most iconic and traditional Welsh blanket patterns. It is a geometric design that features a series of interlocking portcullises, a heraldic symbol of authority. The pattern is typically woven in two to four colours, with the portcullises in one colour and the background in another.

    Welsh blanket patterns - the caernarfon portcullis patten

    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 180 x 140 cms [70 x 55 inches] and are generally softer to touch and smaller than the traditional Welsh tapestry blankets.


    Welsh Blanket Patterns - Pen y Garreg blanket    Welsh Blanket Patterns - Garreg Ddu blanket Welsh Blanket Patterns - Afon Elan blanket Welsh Blanket Patterns - Claerwen blanket  Welsh Blanket Patterns - Pontfaen blanket Welsh Blanket Patterns - Pont y Glasier blanket Welsh blanket patterns - Druidston blanket Welsh blanket patterns - Brianne blanket

    Customer Reviews

    All these blankets have fantastic customer reviews and here are just a few;

    • Customer Reviews - Five Stars 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.
    • Customer Reviews - Five Stars Elan - Paula S. said, "Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous what else is there to say!" 
    • Customer Reviews - Five Stars Pont y Glasier - Kay M said, "I have always wanted one of these. Lovely & a real treasure for ever."


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    Last updated 11th March 2024

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