Chesterfield by Harris Tweed
Why Chesterfield furniture with Harris Tweed?
Harris Tweed is not only strong and soft, but is also beautiful and extremely stylish.
Harris Tweed is a timeless material that never goes out of style, making it an excellent choice for your Chesterfield Furniture.
Harris Tweed has a protected legal status.
That means that you can only bear this prestigious title if it has an Orb Mark trademark.
This mark is applied to the fabric as a seal of authenticity. This application is done by an independent Harris Tweed Authority who visits the factories every week.
A piece of furniture from Chesterfield by Harris Tweed, and made under the brand The Chesterfield Brand, is unique.
Design your HARRIS TWEED furniture at Chesterfield.com
Because the Harris Tweed Chesterfield furniture is made entirely by hand, any style you wish can be applied.
Choose one of our standard models, or design your own Chesterfield by Harris Tweed.
Harris Tweed never loses its appeal and there is no finer material than this one.
At Chesterfield.com we offer a range of options so that you can create the Harris Tweed sofa or chair of your dreams.
Harris Tweed looks great, especially when used on a Chesterfield piece of furniture.
With the popularity of tweed furniture, people are choosing to use the material in inventive ways.
Because our furniture is made to order, we can adapt any style you wish to upholster your sofa or chair.
We can upholster with full tweed or a mix of tweed and leather, anything is possible.
Harris Tweed production process used on Chesterfield furniture (text production source wikipedia)
The creation of Harris Tweed begins with fleeces of pure virgin wools that are shorn from Cheviot and Scottish Blackface sheep. Although most wool is mainly obtained on the British mainland, the island communities still gather in the early summer to collect and shear the local sheep to add to the mix. The two types of wool are combined together to obtain the benefits of their unique qualities and characteristics
Once shorn, the wool is skirted to remove low quality edges before it is delivered in large bales to the factories of the most important tweed producers, where it is then dyed in a wide range of colours to mix.
The freshly dyed coloured and white wool is weighed in predetermined proportions, and then thoroughly mixed by hand using precise recipes to obtain the correct shade. It is then carded between mechanical, toothed rollers that thoroughly tease and blend the fibers before it is separated into a fragile, embryonic yarn. This soft yarn then gets a twist as it is spun to give maximum weaving strength. The spun yarn is wound on bobbins to supply the ingredients of weft (left-to-right threads) and warp (vertical threads) that are delivered to the weavers.
This extremely important process sees thousands of warp threads gathered on long hooks in a very specific order, and wrapped on large beams ready to be delivered, along with yarn for the weft, to the weavers.
All Harris Tweed is hand-woven on a pedal loom, at home each weaver has a 'double-width' Bonas-Griffith rapier loom in the case of a weaver's mill, or normally an older 'single width' Hattersley loom at independent weavers. The weaver will 'connect' the warp threads of each end of thread through the eyes of their loom levers in a specific order, and then begin to weave, resolving any errors or breaks that occur before completion.
The tweed then returns to the mill in its 'greasy state' and passes through the hands of darners who correct any errors.
Once finished, the canvas is ready. Dirt, oil and other impurities are removed by washing and whipping in soda and soapy water before it is dried, steamed, pressed and trimmed.
The final process is the investigation by the independent Harris Tweed Authority, which visits the factories on a weekly basis, before their Orb Mark trademark is applied to the fabric as a seal of authenticity.