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Ulster Weavers Home Fashions, the Holywood-based home textiles company, can trace its history back to the nineteenth century. Nevertheless, it’s bang up to date with its Mokuren Graphite Range of kitchen linen products – another winner from its continuing collaboration with Designers Guild.
It seems there’s a spring 2016 fashion to combine various shades of grey, with vibrant splashes of colour, in sharp contrast; so, the Mokuren Range is bang on trend, with its elegant aprons, towels, gloves and even a tea cosy! So I was delighted to receive a beautiful tea towel and matching oven glove, from this stunning new collection.
The Mokuren Graphite Cotton Apron is gorgeous, and makes me long for unexpected visitors, so I can be ‘caught out’ and disingenuously claim, “Excuse me, but I’m such a mess!”, whilst knowing, full well, I look fab!
Retailing at a very reasonable £16, it really is a ‘must have’, this spring.
The Ulster Weaving Company moved into home textiles in the 1960s, specializing at first in Irish Linen tea towels, due expertise gained over the previous century. UW Home Fashions later expanded its range to include all types of kitchen co-ordinates, bags and giftware, with The Ulster Weaving Company dividing into Ulster Weavers Home Fashions and Ulster Weavers Apparel, in 1990.
Every product is designed in Northern Ireland, and the company still relies on its 135 years experience, in the production of textiles. To meet the demands of a 21st century market, production now takes place in various sites, throughout the world; but the process and the quality of the end product is still controlled in Northern Ireland. As testament to its quality commitment, Ulster Weavers Home Fashions has held the royal warrant, as suppliers of kitchen textiles to Queen Elizabeth II, since 1995. Today, Ulster Weavers Home Fashions is a family business with a worldwide reach.
The ‘Mokuren Range’ is not the only collaboration, with the Designers Guild. There’s also the Franchini Stripe range, for those wishing to express themselves in a little more understated fashion. Again, this features shades of grey, but paired with a subdued green and the merest hint of blue – very smart.
Then, for those wishing to go the opposite direction, the Amrapali Peony range makes a bold statement, with huge bunches of vibrant flowers – something for all tastes. Do you have a favourite, amongst them? Let me know here – I'd love to hear from you!