Mourne Textiles is a family-run business dedicated to producing woven fabrics of exceptional design and quality using the last remaining production handloom weaving workshop in Northern Ireland.
The company was originally founded by the celebrated textile designer Gerd Hay-Edie. Born in Norway in 1909, Hay-Edie trained in Oslo and by her late twenties had already established herself as a designer of note and a key figure in Norway's textiles industry. After travelling extensively in Europe and Asia, Hay-Edie settled in Ireland during WW2. Here she founded the hand-weaving workshop that was to evolve into Mourne Textiles, after failing to find a suitable means of production for the textiles she was designing at the time.
From the 1950s onwards, Hay-Edie designed and produced textiles for clients such as Robin Day, Hille, Conran and Liberty as well as fashion designers Sybill Connolly and Sheila Mullally. Her collaboration with Robin Day was particularly fruitful, with Day writing in a letter: 'Of all the rugs which I have seen, only yours have got the character enough as background for my new designs of furniture to be exhibited at La Triennale de Milano, 1951.'
In the present day, Mourne Textiles - now run by Hay-Edie's grandson - works to bring these classic mid-century designs back into production while remaining faithful to the unique spirit of Hay-Edie's originals.