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Our Harris Tweed Selection

When you think of classic British fabrics, tweed is right up there with cashmere and corduroy. The original name for tweed was actually 'tweel' (the Scottish word for twill) because the fabric is woven in a twilled rather than a plain pattern.

The traditional story has the name 'tweed' coming about quite by chance. Around 1830, a London merchant received a letter from a Hawick firm about some tweels. The London merchant misinterpreted the handwriting, understanding it to be a trade-name taken from the river Tweed that flows through the Scottish Borders. Subsequently, the goods were advertised as Tweed, and the name has remained ever since.*

Traditionally, tweed is used to make country clothing such as shooting jackets and flat caps, but these days, its use has expanded to furnishings, blankets, and other household items.

Here at Mill Outlets, we custom make our tweed products using one of the oldest, and most desirable, tweeds from the Outer Hebrides, Harris Tweed. Each genuine Harris Tweed length has been handwoven by the islanders from pure virgin wool, dyed, and spun in the Outer Hebrides; all Harris Tweed must be, by law, hand woven on a treadle loom by the weaver at their own home.

Our Harris Tweed products include custom-made tweed doorstops, draught excluders, arm caps, chair backs, and contemporary furniture like our Castleby petit sofa and Dunmore wing chair.

To help you to choose from our 25 types of Harris Tweed, we've included swatches of all our tweed patterns and colours on this page; to get a closer look, click the sample to see a bigger photo. If you have any queries about our tweed selection, give our friendly team a call on 01788 890966.

*Kirkpatric, Betty (August 6, 2015), Crombie Jardine Publishing Limited & https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tweed_(cloth)

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