Fashion & Textiles

QuickFacts :: Introduction to textiles

Although many old textiles are too delicate to use for their original purposes, you can often treat them as you would a picture and hang them on your walls – and this is one reason why textiles have enjoyed a huge increase in popularity in recent years.
Because of their Read more

QuickFacts :: Introduction to rugs and carpets

Rugs and carpets come in an endless variety of patterns and sizes. They make beautiful, decorative objects to collect – whether you’re an enthusiastic amateur or a dedicated professional.
Broadly speaking, rugs and carpets fall into two main groups: serious collectors’ rugs, and decorative rugs. Older rugs (over 100 years Read more

What is a Sporran?

A sporran which is Gaelic for purse, is a pouch worn with the male traditional Highland dress. The kilt has no pockets and so the sporran was designed for that function.
Made of leather or fur, the ornamentation of the sporran is determined by the formality of dress. The sporran Read more

History of the Kilt in Scotland

The tartan kilt has long been the most recognisable cultural tradition of the Highland Scots. The basic concepts of the tartan and the wearing of the kilt have their origin in the history of the early Scottish and Irish clans. It has been demonstrated that certain clans did aspire Read more

Bicorne Hat

A bicorne is a style of hat which experienced peak popularity in the 1700s and 1800s. This distinctive hat is characterized by having the broad brim turned up to create a fan-shaped hat with two corners. The name “bicorne” actually means “two cornered.” Many people associate this type of Read more

Antique, Vintage Fashion and Textiles

Antique, vintage fashion and textiles are big business and becoming very collectable.
Auction Houses do sell these type of goods although there are not many as it is very specialist. They are mostly in London.
The main one, associated with Sothebys, has handled the collections of the Honorable Daphne Guinness, supermodel Read more