What is a Welsh Blanket?

A Welsh Blanket on the Loom

FelinFach's Dinefwr Tapestry Blanket on t the Loom
Named Dinefwr, a FelinFach blanket on the loom

 

Double Cloth Weaving

A Welsh blanket or tapestry blanket is a double sided and fully reversible blanket. They consist of two layers of cloth which are woven together producing contrasting colours on each side of the blanket.

Dinefwr blanket showing both sides of the double cloth weaving
The same Dinefwr blanket on the loom above, showing the different patterns on either side of the double cloth weaving

The two layers of cloth, often known as a ‘double-weave’ cloth requires complicated stitching to produce one double-weave blanket. This double-cloth structure creates practical, hard-wearing, large and heavy blankets with bold traditional patterns.

Carthen

Carthen or Carthenni (in plural) is the Welsh word for traditional Welsh blanket. In earlier days there were woven on narrow looms but subsequently on wider looms in traditional double weave patterns and colours. They normally have fringes and are sometimes known as a Fringed Quilt.

 Welsh Weaving Patterns

The tapestry blanket double cloth weaving produce  patterns on both sides of the blanket. Many of these patterns were owned by Welsh mills and some of their names are still used today. For example, some of the most popular include Caernarfon, which is also called the Portcullis design, Pennsylvania and Dyffryn. The main features of these patterns are the bright colours, geometric designs and the reversible nature of the material. 

   Welsh tapestry blanket - Caernarfon pattern Welsh tapestry blanket - Dyffryn pattern Welsh tapestry blanket - Pensylvania pattern

 

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 and soaps, facial and hair products are all hand made. 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 Wool, All Things Wales and Global Welsh.

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Last update 17th May 2022