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Ben Vorlich herringbone weave material sample from ANTA

Ben Vorlich is one of the traditional herringbone weave designs at ANTA.  Visually, the fabric resembles the backbone of a herring which is like a zig-zag, hence the name.  Ben Vorlich herringbone is woven in pure wool for three grades of fabric; lowland tweed, highland tweed and a heavier grade that we use for our carpets.  Annie uses herringbone weave structure as it allows her to mix two contrasting yarns that the human eye blends to make a more subtle but still a strong colour.  Ben Vorlich is a more neutral example, she blends a dark brown and cream to make a deep grey which as a carpet is especially good at concealing the dirt.  Because of its structure herringbone weave is strong and very hardwearing and our highland and lowland tweed cloth is perfect for upholstery and curtains. 

Annie named Ben Vorlich after the munro in the central belt of Scotland.  Looking over Loch Earn, Ben Vorlich was close to her family home and, because it was her dad’s favourite, the family climbed it regularly.   Tartans were traditionally named after families or clans in Scotland and tweeds were named after estates and places.  There is an ANTA collection of tweeds named after Scottish mountains, they are all in herringbone and are plain tweed designs.  


At ANTA we have followed the tradition of manufacturing carpet and cloth from Scottish wool for over thirty years.  Scotland has a strong historical textile industry and wool has been manufactured into lengths of cloth for clothing and carpets for hundreds of years. Sheep were bred across the country in rural areas and then the wool was processed and manufactured in the borders, just the same as today.  Unlike fur and leather, wool is harvested from the animal annually, meaning the fabric is sustainable and renewable.  Historically, sheep were bred for their wool, and their meat would have been a by product as mutton rather than the more popular lamb today.  The wool is washed and dyed before being spun into yarn. Because it is naturally crimped, wool is easy to spin into yarn for weaving.  Crucial for clothing, it is breathable which makes it an all year round material, in the winter the fibres trap heat and in the summer is lets the air circulate.  The strong fibres make it durable and long lasting.  Wool is known for being scratchy and at ANTA use the scratchiest for our carpet and tweed because it is the strongest.  

Although the fashion for wool declined with the invention of synthetic products, its popularity has increased over the years because of its renewable and natural qualities. For homeware and furnishing it is used now for its insulating, sound proofing and hypoallergenic properties.


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