WELSH BLANKET "CARTHEN"
Welsh wool and woollen products are famous throughout the world for their quality and rich cultural heritage.
Milling, weaving and spinning were much sought after. Welsh wool fabrics were exported across the globe. However, in recent years the industry has declined and today, only a few authentic working mills survive. Welsh Tapestry fabrics, both old and new, are synonymous with high quality and durability.
Davies & Co supports family-run Welsh woollen mill industries and plays its part in keeping these vital traditional crafts that are under threat from mass production, alive.
We work closely with a number of local mills and have created a selection of new modern colourways using the authentic Caernarfon Welsh Tapestry pattern. Traditional in form, but contemporary in their expression of colour and hues, they reflect the rich history of our community; its buildings and its landscape. The subtle taupes, greys, greens, blues and neutral tones reflect the landscape as it changes through the seasons.
These hand-made fabrics have been thoughtfully designed as dual-sided; one side offering a richer, more detailed colourway, the other, lighter and more neutral. These exquisitely crafted tapestries will enhance any home – traditional or contemporary.
We are proud to have collaborated with Welsh Mills and with this new range of woollen tapestry fabrics we hope that you will appreciate the great skill of the weavers and our love and support Wales, our community and Welsh woollen products.
Myddfai, a small Carmarthenshire village on the fringe of the Brecon Beacons, is rich in history and folklore and famous for the “Physicians of Myddfai”. The colours in this tapestry are a blend of moss and sage green, aquamarine and a subtle hint of stone colours reflecting the hedgerows, forests, fields, herbs and medicinal plants used by the Physicians of Myddfai.
The geometric forms and architectural palette of slate greys and stone browns suggest the outlines of Carmarthenshire's most notable buildings such as the ruins of ancient castles in Llandovery; Llandeilo; Carmarthen and Kidwelly and the noble houses of Aberglasney, Edwinsford and Newton House.
Llyn and Afon Fabric
The Welsh landscape has been dramatically shaped by water – a precious resource found abundantly in its many lakes and rivers. This tapestry is influenced by the clear crystal waters of Wales, the dark blues are the still deep waters of Llyn Y Fan, Talley lakes and Llyn Brianne whilst the lighter shades represent the fast running white waters of the rivers Cothi, Teifi and Tywi.
Y Mynydd (The Mountain) Fabric.
Wales is known for the beauty of its green hills and dark, dramatic mountains. This tapestry is woven with pebble grey, burnt ochre and muddy browns to represent the delicate but hardy flowers and grasses that nestle among the rocky outcrops and have evolved to cope with the extreme conditions found on the high peaks on the Cambrian Mountains.
Llanllwni mountain sunset
This barren, wild and remote landscape within the Cambrian Mountain range, is often described as ‘the Desert of Wales’. The name takes on a special significance at sunset when the lengthening rays of the evening sun turns the steep gorse and bracken covered slopes ablaze with fiery tones of orange, red and magenta against the darkening sky.
Brecon Beacons - Wild flowers
Despite the inhospitable conditions in these wildernesses, there is still an abundance plant life. Foxgloves, Bluebells and Heather carpets the lower slopes in late spring, early summer. Tiny jewel-like flowers of lavender, violet, purple and orange are woven together to form a rich tapestry of colour - natures very own blanket against the hard stony ground.
Carmarthenshire and Gower Coastline
This pattern way reflects the sweeping sandy beaches, windswept dunes and historic castles which are so prominent on this part of the Welsh coastline. The greys blocks of colour suggest the ancient castle defences seen at Laugharne, Llansteffan, Oystermouth and Weobley. The white-gold base colour conjures up the the vast stretches of Sandy beaches and windswept dunes of Pembrey, Pendine and Oxwich Bay and the ultramarine and azure blues, the deep sea giving flowing in to the calmer waters of the estuaries.
Pebble grey is the base colour for this design woven to represent the pebble beaches of Borth, Talybont and Llanrhystud and the coastal towns of Aberystwyth, Aberaeron and New Quay. Here, the lush greens of the Welsh hills and woodlands come to an abrupt end as they meet the cliff edge forming a deep green ribbon which borders the cobalt blue seas seen at Gwbert, Mwnt and Tresaith.