Welsh Blanket Patterns

Welsh Blanket Patterns

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 Blanket Patterns - Caernarfon 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

 

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.

       Welsh Blankets - Hand woven in Wales Welsh blankets patterns - Caernarfon Welsh blanket patterns - Druidston

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."

About FelinFach

Welsh Blankets - Hand woven in in Wales in limited numbers Wool Throws - Hand woven in Wales  Craft Courses - Natural Dyeing Gift Cards - By Post or by Email Welsh Tartan Scarves Sheepskin Rugs

Our company, FelinFach Natural Textiles is located in the heart of the Preseli area of Pembrokeshire near to Boncath. We design Welsh blankets and the iconic Welsh Tapestry blankets which are traditionally woven at Welsh mills. We also design and make natural hand dyed yarn, cotton, silk and wool scarves are all available in our yarn store and shop. We also offer Welsh tartansSheepskin Rugs, Gift Cards and tools and books for crafters and knitters - Cocoknits, Laine, Amirisu and Making to name a few! Our candles, reed diffusers, wax melts and tealights are hand poured by us. Lastly, craft courses on hand dyeing with 100% natural dyes in the purpose designed FelinFach Dye Studio. We are a proud supporter of the Campaign for WoolAll Things Wales and Global Welsh.

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Last update 27th July 2022

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