The rare character and beauty of Harris Tweed is attributable to the fact that is the only fabric produced in commercial quantities by truly traditional methods anywhere in the world.
In The Carloway Mill archives, there are hundreds of distinctive patterns, each unique but unmistakably Harris Tweed with its characteristic subtle designs in complex shades.
Uniquely in the textile industry, the wool for Harris Tweed is dyed before being spun, allowing the mills to blend a multitude of colours into their yarn. With each yarn containing a myriad of different colours, a cloth of great depth and complexity is produced.
There’s also an extensive catalogue of designs to delve into from an array of Plain Twills and traditional Herringbones to more complex Plaids and all combinations thereof.
Harris Tweed is also adventurous enough to be woven into contemporary and unconventional patterns and we continue to explore possibilities with clients emphasising that Carloway Mill is The Bespoke Harris Tweed Mill
Soft, tactile, breathable, warm, colourful, sustainable, adaptable…the old image of coarse, scratchy, dour tweed simply does not exist these days.
While still retaining its heritage of practicality and longevity, the Harris Tweed of today extols all the qualities and virtues of a truly luxury 21st-century fabric.