If there’s a single type of artwork or homegood that I most frequently invest in, it’s textiles. From handmade throws to beautifully made bedding, I’ve learned after ten years of working in the design that fabrics and anything that’s sewn by hand means the most to me. So when I heard from Mario about his family’s recently re-launched family hand loom weaving workshop in Northern Ireland, I was instantly intrigued. Mario’s family has been hand-weaving tweeds, furnishing fabrics and rugs since the 50’s, when his grandmother was designing and producing their goods. (Side note: you have got to read the full story of her background, it’s incredible).
Mario has been working to bring his grandmother’s original designs back into production, staying as true as possible to her original plans. That meant getting yarns spun from scratch (not buying them from the shelf) and using traditional techniques. With a history of clients like Robin Day, Hille, Conran, Sybil Connolly and Liberty, Mourne Textiles is hoping to continue with a bright future, now focusing on teaching younger apprentices hand weaving. They are the last remaining production hand loom weaving workshop left in Northern Ireland and after reading their full history I was overwhelmed with the desire to visit in person. I’ve never been to Ireland, but looking at these pieces and reading about the incredible woman who founded this company, it’s inspiration enough to start saving. The line they’re currently offering includes throws, pillows (my favorite) and a gorgeous rug. You can click here to check them out online and order, or contact Mario and his family here for more information or to visit their South London studio. Thanks so much to Mario for reaching out and sharing his family’s story with us. xo, grace