Over the decades Harris Tweed has been embraced by the world. From royalty and landed gentry to Hollywood icons and the finest designers of couture, this unique cloth, produced by the skilled craftsmen and women of the Outer Hebrides, has become an iconic must have in wardrobes, on catwalks and in homes worldwide. To modernise, the industry began using new double width looms, re-trained its weavers, introduced new, tougher quality standards and marketed a new wider, softer and lighter tweed. This led to the Harris Tweed Authority taking over from the Harris Tweed Association in 1993 by Act of Parliament, whereby the definition of Harris Tweed became statutory, and forever tied the cloth to Scotland’s Islands.
Harris Tweed embodies everything we associate with the rugged landscape of Scotland’s unique Hebridean Islands. Vibrant heathers, subtle mosses, wild lochs, moody mountains and impressive skies are all entwined in the DNA of our beautiful Harris Tweed. Made using unique skills from a place of unwavering heritage and identity, Harris Tweed has become not just the cloth of quality, strength and endurance but of luxurious style, versatility and unique beauty.
Made of 100% pure new wool, Harris Tweed is dyed, blended, carded, spun, warped, woven, finished, examined and stamped only in the Scottish Outer Hebrides by local crofters and artisans. Warm in winter and cool in summer, this robust cloth is not only water resistant but extremely hard wearing. As a cloth that only gets better with age, Harris Tweed will become a valuable investment both in terms of quality and style, for decades to come.
The rare character and beauty of Harris Tweed is attributable to the fact that it is the only fabric produced in commercial quantities by truly traditional methods anywhere in the world. Uniquely, the wool is dyed before being spun, enabling weavers to blend a multitude of colours into their yarn. With each thread containing a myriad of different colours, a cloth of great depth and complexity is produced revealing the true nature of Harris Tweed.
Soft, tactile, breathable, warm, colourful, sustainable and versatile, Harris Tweed has moved away from the old image of coarse, scratchy, dour tweed to a cloth of handcrafted unique beauty, luxury and style.
Low-impact production and reliance on natural materials makes Harris Tweed a truly ecologically sound textile. Biodegradable, VOC absorbent, non-allergenic and energy efficient manufacturing gives Harris Tweed its rightful place as a 21st Century fabric. Woven with such love and care passed on through centuries of skill and dedication, Harris Tweed brings a real sense of natural heritage and true quality into your everyday living. Crafted at the heart of Scotland’s stunning Western Isles, it’s no wonder Harris Tweed designs have a natural style that transcends generations, to create such a timeless pleasure.
Protected by law
Harris Tweed is defined and enshrined in law to mean, “a tweed which has been hand woven by the islanders at their homes in the Outer Hebrides, finished in the islands of Harris, Lewis, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist and Barra and their several purtenances (The Outer Hebrides) and made from pure virgin wool dyed and spun in the Outer Hebrides.”
This definition is protected and authenticated by the Harris Tweed Authority through an Act of Parliament in 1993 and has the power to prevent the sale of any material labelled as Harris Tweed, which does not fall within this definition.
Today, every 50 metres of genuine Harris Tweed is checked by an inspector from the Harris Tweed Authority, before being stamped by hand with the orb symbol. Only genuine Harris Tweed will carry the orb trademark and this iconic trademark, means your cloth is handcrafted to extol all the qualities and virtues, of a truly luxury 21st century fabric.
Bespoke means choice and we want our clients to have exactly that. Choice. Whether it’s contemporary Scottish, traditional chic or something truly unique, we will design and make your Blackhouse furniture to fit your exact style and specifications.
Offering an authentic alternative to mass produced tweed designs, Blackhouse uses over 17 genuine medium weight Harris Tweeds, giving its furniture a soft yet uniquely robust superior quality finish, as well as an unprecedented range of patterns and colours to choose from. Handcrafted and produced here in Scotland, we carefully select sustainably sourced, hardwood timber frames, so that each finished piece not only looks beautifully made but is built to last a lifetime.