The most famous brand named Tweed is of course Harris.
Harris Tweed has an open, loose twill weave that is rough to the touch. First woven in the 18th century by crofters in the Outer Hebrides, it was introduced to the British aristocracy in the 1840s by Lady Dunmore.
To regulate and protect the fabric against imitations, the Harris Tweed Orb certification mark was created in 1909 – the oldest British mark of its kind – with the definition, “only tweeds hand woven by islanders in the Outer Hebrides are eligible.” The use of the name was protected, and only hand-spun and hand-woven products of 100% wool form the Outer Hebrides are allowed to use the Harris Tweed trade mark.
This fine cloth is loved all over the world for its distinctive character and undoubted charm that is unlike any other fabric.