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We launched our new website!

As the success of our luxury handcrafted Harris Tweed furniture company continues to grow, we wanted to ensure our clients and visitors were experiencing the very best of Blackhouse, right from the start of their journey. Our stunning new website has been carefully...

Blackhouse bleats about wool week

10-15 October Celebrating the virtues of wool is never a chore as far as Blackhouse is concerned, it’s another fantastic opportunity to not only shout about how proud we are to be a chink in the wool chain but how this natural fibre is at the heart of everything we do...

Summer Break

Mid-August brings a little respite for the weavers and mill workers of the Outer Hebrides as production is halted for the annual summer break. Two weeks off allows time to focus on the crofts, well deserved holidays to be taken and island weather permitting, a little...

From Shearing To Stamping

Now that the shearing of sheep's wool has taken place across the islands we thought we'd share the ten steps required in turning this 100% pure new wool, freshly washed and scoured, into the fabric we know and love, Harris Tweed. The journey begins with huge bales of...

Shearing in the Sunshine

After a run of wet, windy and cold weather, the crofters of the Outer Hebrides are seeing some sunshine and double digit temperatures at long last. With a little more warmth, now is the perfect time to get rid of the winter wooly jumpers and start shearing the sheep...

Enjoying the Ride with Harris Tweed

The summer days of the Outer Hebrides are long in sunlight with their peak being reached on Midsummer's Eve last week. In these remote northerly latitudes the sun barely sets, dipping only briefly below the horizon before rising again with the sky still glowing in...

Looming behind the scenes

The original Harris Tweed loom was the beart bheag (small loom in Gaelic), a small wooden loom predominantly used prior to 1900. Made locally, it was traditionally used by women for domestic purposes. The heald shafts (na buird) were activated by four treadles...

Double win for Harris Tweed in prestigious London Awards

Summer isn't traditionally a season associated with Harris Tweed but with an international reputation and global reach, there is always someone, somewhere, in need of a little warmth, quality, style and beauty. The island mills remain in full production at this time...

The Orb, The Act and The Authority

On every piece of Blackhouse furniture and accessory you will find a very special label alongside our own. A simple grey piece of satin stitched with bright red and black thread bearing the iconic words 'Harris Tweed'. And if you look even closer, you will spot 'The...

Welcoming a Weaver into our Blackhouse

A Harris Tweed weaver from the heart of the Outer Hebrides joins the Blackhouse team! We want to help bring our customers a little closer to this beautiful cloth and to the people who we make it so we've teamed up with Mike Donald, a crofter and weaver from the Isle...

The Wing-Back Revival

  The classic wing-back chair is currently experiencing a fantastic comeback…and quite rightly so. This iconic style of chair, that dates back to the 17th century, has previously been criticised for being too fuddy-duddy and dated looking. In latter interpretations,...

Snowed In?

Image: View from Blackhouse HQ today! It’s a snowy blizzard here at Blackhouse HQ today. North East Scotland has been hit bad with weary winter weather, which has made us wonder whether we will manage to make it home tonight! This has got us contemplating about what...

Rabbit at Golf

Image reproduction courtesy of the Harris Tweed Authority. Thanks to our facebook friend for explaining what ‘rabbit’ meant in golfing terms. If like us, you are unfamiliar with the term then here was the explanation (it should make the advert’s message seem much...

Why Wool is Best

With the launch of wool house this week (13th-24th March) at Somerset House, London, we felt it was only fitting to blog about the fantastic raw material that we use to cover our furniture. The famous 100% wool Harris Tweed. Find out why wool is worth bleeting about!...

It doesn’t matter if you’re Black or White

Get your house in order this spring with a simple monochrome colour palette. From catwalk to home interiors, black and white is at the forefront of this year’s fashion. What’s more is this trend will never really go ‘out’ of fashion. It’s a win-win if you ask us!...

London Links

The Blackhouse team were in London this week. Take a group of rural-Scottish-living individuals and throw them head first into the hustle and bustle of London's busy city centre...and what do you get? A Blackhouse brainstorming session!! At Blackhouse we like to...

‘Nature’s Masterpiece’ 1957

Photo reproduction courtesy of the Harris Tweed Authority This advert was featured in a 1957 edition of The Sphere (a British newspaper that subsequently closed in 1964). It promotes Harris Tweed as a ‘masterpiece’ through the collaboration of nature (the 100% virgin...

Baa Baa ‘Blackface’ sheep, have you any wool?

Scottish Blackface sheep, account for about a third of the UK’s sheep population. They are a tough and adaptable breed and well suited to bare landscapes and harsh conditions. It comes as no surprise then, that these mammals are native to the barren, rocky isles of...

New York Fashion Week

Check out designers, Steven Cox and Daniel Silver's for their 2013 Tailored Menswear collection. "Standouts included double-breasted coats with blocks of colour, a knee-length camel duffel wool with pink Harris Tweed stripe and a black wool coat worn with a navy blue...

The Diverse nature of Harris Tweed

Harris Tweed is a world-renowned fabric. Traditionally and stereotypically seen as a fabric worn by those of a certain ilk, mainly the rich and famous, the rebirth of the industry in recent years has transformed how people view this special cloth. The material’s...

Trip to the Tweed

Last week Blackhouse HQ temporally relocated to the birthplace of Harris Tweed: The Islands of Harris and Lewis. We stayed in the beautiful Gearrannan Blackhouse village, which was so aptly named for our visit. We couldn't have possibly stayed anywhere else!  It was...

2013 hopes & dreams

Another new year is upon us with 2013 being a particularly special one. Having survived the Mayan apocalypse; made it through the rainy food-fuelled holiday season; celebrated the New Year with lots of fizz and cheer we have started 2013 in hope of a better lifestyle....

Weaving the Tweed

Harris Tweed is about quality, style, history and heritage. It is the only fabric in the world to be protected by its own act of parliament. Each inch of cloth has to go through a specific process to be classed as Harris Tweed. “Hand-woven by the islanders at their...

Are You Sitting Comfortably?

Then let us begin… Once upon a time, on a rocky barren isle, not far from here a world famous brand was born. The people of that island created and nurtured a unique cloth, a hand-woven tweed sourced from the wool of the indigenous livestock. One poor crofter endured...

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57 Comiston Road, Morningside, EH10 6AG. Open 7 days.

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