Penmachno Caernarfon tapestry.


Woven at Penmachno woollen mill in the 1920s by Hannah Jones & Sons. A landmark design from one of the most important mills in Wales. These iconic motifs were already appearing all over North America & The colonies as far back at 1820 & probably arrived there from the British colonial settlers. By the 1850s it was certainly in existence in Wales & Hannah Jones put together the design that most people recognise today by the last quarter of the Nineteenth Century. Originally woven in two pieces on hand looms. 

By the turn of the Twentieth Century it was being produced on a broader loom ( semi automatic Dobcross) and by 1920 the design  had been subtly altered by John Williams at Vale of Conwy.

This beautiful example can be dated very specifically to about 1925. Still using natural plant dyes & combed yarns creating a silky patina over time. Glowing colours of almost luminous quality that vary in density & hue due to the age & methods used.

Peat Black ground with Electric Blue & Madder Red. A double cloth reversable bedcover with more Black on one side than the other.

With an integral border design & hand sewn & over sewn selvedges. Red cotton binding consistant with the period.

This highly collectable Welsh tapestry is suitable for regular use. Treat it with respect ; protect it from moths & water damage & dry clean only. 

Measures 82" x 66" ( 210cm x 190cm )


Originally owned by the Penrhyn estate; Hannah Jones & sons first worked the mill as tenants & then owners from 1830s until 1968 When Mr. J. R. Jones died. In its heyday employing 20 people. the original water wheel was replaced by a hydro electric turbine after the first World war & powered four looms & a warping machine.

In a beautiful setting, nestled on the banks of the Afon Machno near the Conway falls & with the well known Medieval pack horse bridge below it in the wooded valley.

Penmachno Caernarfon tapestry C1925 TBV50

  • Product Code: TBV50
  • Availability: In Stock
  • £389.00


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