Lewis Collection - hand made in Scotland
A collection of 8 rugs made to order from British wool reflecting the colours and feel of the Isle of Lewis
These are rugs made from materials produced in the UK and manufactured here in Scotland.
These are rugs which are playing a part in developing a more sustainable economy here in the UK and maintaining skills from sheep husbandry right through to the skills of making the rugs. All of the steps produce work for people. Work which gives that feeling of confidence and self worth in making something. Those same people with the skills in making things are also a part of families and communities which in turn are enhanced by their presence.
The colours and structures through these rugs are picking up on some of the elements of Lewis life which demonstrate aspects of local and sustainable materials and manufacture.
The heart of the rug is Shetland wool brought to the Shetlands by Norwegian vikings in the eighth century. The breed has developed a form of wool which is fine, soft, springy and resilient – ideal for rugs and for surviving the Shetland climate.
All of the 1953 successful Everest team had a jumper made from Shetland wool.
The Shetland wool comes from the 700 crofters in Shetland and this resurgence in wool has given a vital boost to these fragile crofting families and will help sustain a way of life vital to the island.
The rugs are made in an old granary building down on the shores of the Clyde by skilled craftsmen. They are keeping alive the tradition of rug making. Click on the web site area which shows the manufacturing process.
This is important because as the rugs are made to order against your requested sizes the lead time is approx 4 weeks.
Designer: ........these wonderful sheep.
The Shetland wool in the rug is the natural colour and has not been dyed.
However to better reflect the varied colours of these distant Scottish islands we have added into the tufts a selection of kempy wool. The kemp in the wool is short, thick, wavy fibres which gives an interesting texture and adds to the hard wearing feature of this style of rug not unlike the look and feel of Harris tweed.
The depth of the pile at 40mm gives a feeling like pushing your fingers into the sheep itself.