Cotswolds Tweed Rug

Cotswolds Woollen Weavers
Manufacturers Location
Filkins, Nr Lechlade, Gloustershire (U.K)


Woollen tweed rug


None, good condition

Why it's in the Collection

The Cotswolds became an important centre for the Arts and Crafts Movement in the early 20th century. Craftsmen and women such as, C.R Ashbee, Barnelsy and Gimson and later Gordon Russell followed William Morris' example setting up workshopd in this remarkably intact medieval environment. Morris ran his press from Kelmscott Manor. Broadway and Chipping Camden became the centres for a wide range of makers and patronage.Robert Welch continued the crafts tradition in the 1950's and along with Russell retains a presence in the area.   

This rug is an example of a traditional Cotswold's craft, that is still in practice today. The cloth is traditionally woven, with textures and colours inspired by the limestone landscapes of the Cotswolds.

Since the Mills were revitalised in the 1980s, their product has adapted to become more of a souvenir gift. Contemporary tourism's effect on rich craft traditions, like the Cotswold's Mill is clearly evident always pushing the traditional, stultifying the development of new traditions, in many ways becoming a re-enactment activity, a fantasy of what used to happen akin to the vision we now of of the great house or the village. Many other objects in the Lawson Park collection reflect this too, for example the Welsh tweed rug.

Bibliography & Further information

Sounds of the Cotswolds Woollen Weavers

Audio clip on the habits of hoarding wool

Arts and Crafts to Modernism audio clip