Welsh Tapestry Blankets - A Brief History of Carthen Ysgafn

Welsh blankets are instantly recognisable. They are a much-cherished heirloom, a treasured work of art and a highly desirable addition to today's home. 

Sheep farming and wool spinning has long been the backbone of Wales, even predating the history books. The first record of mills producing blankets dates back to the 12th century, when Cistercian monasteries were established in South Wales. In the early 16th century, the industry spread to also include Mid and North Wales, and in the 17th century, Welsh blankets were being exported across the world due to their strength and durability.

The Welsh Blanket trade has long been one of the most important industries in Wales, literally weaved into Welsh life and culture. However, the mills almost disappeared completely due to competition from mills in North England during the Industrial Revolution of the 19th Century. They struggled to keep up with the new equipment and began to decline significantly. At its height, there were over three hundred woollen mills in Wales, but now there are only a few working mills left.

One of which is Rock Mill, which is now the only surviving water-driven wool mill in Wales. It is nestled deep in the Teifi Valley near Llandysul, and has been run by the Morgan family for generations. We are proud to support the mill and sell these beautiful blankets - each made from 100% wool with an intricate reversible weave. Which colour is your favourite?

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Hi do u buy blankets? I have one that I would like to sell,or do you know anyone who sells them,Diolch Catherine

Catherine Davies

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