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Weavers of Horsehair Fabrics since 1837

  • Hanging horsehair tails
  • Horsehair covered bar stools at the Intercontinental Hotel, London
  • Chair upholstered in black horsehair with crest embroidered on the back
  • Star of India restaurant interior, London
  • Horsehair fabric being woven on one of the original weaving looms
  • Horsehair upholstered chair at Stourhead Estate, Wiltshire
  • Locanda Locatelli restaurant interior, London
  • Natural white horsehair being hackled by hand
  • Natural cotton yarn being warped for the weaving loom
  • Napoleon chair upholstered in horsehair
  • Coloured horsehair tails
  • Stool upholstered in horsehair fabric
  • Horsehair fabric rolls on top of a wooden chest
  • Charles Rennie Mackintosh chair from the Argyle St Tearoom with horsehair covered seat
  • Natural cotton yarn in the shafts of the weaving loom
  • Bale of horsehair fabric being hoisted outside the front of the buildings at Higher Flax Mills
  • Suite at the Adlon Hotel, Berlin, containing horsehair upholstered furniture
  • Horsehair covered screen by Ochre, London

Horsehair fabrics woven by John Boyd Textiles

First established in Castle Cary in 1837, John Boyd Textiles is proud to maintain the tradition of horsehair weaving. Horsehair fabrics are woven with the finest and best quality tail hair from live horses and cotton or silk warps using the original looms and techniques from 1870.

Horsehair fabric was originally used by famous furniture designers such as Chippendale, Hepplewhite, Lutyens, and Rennie Mackintosh, and are ideally suited to most forms of upholstered furniture; antique, classical, and contemporary. To this day, horsehair fabrics are widely recognized for their unequalled lustre, durability, care properties, and value. Horsehair fabrics have been used with many prestigious projects throughout the world.

John Boyd Textiles is now one of the last companies in the world still weaving hair cloth. Although the historical traditional fabrics are still woven today, contemporary designers also appreciate the unique qualities of horsehair fabrics. Many new designs and colours have been added to the collection in recent years.

John Boyd Textiles have received the following awards:

1994 Best Merchandise Award at Decorex
2001 Silver Award for Best Stand Design at Decorex
2003 D&D Award for Product Design of the Year
2004 House & Garden Design Influence of the Decade

Upcoming Events


9 - 10th May 2018 - Mercedes-Benz World, Weybridge, Surrey
22nd May 2018 - Wrest Park Country Estate, Bedfordshire
23rd May 2018 - Wormsley Estate, Oxfordshire
24th May 2018 - Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire


15 - 21st September 2018
Alton-Brooke Showroom, 202 Design Centre East, Chelsea Harbour, London SW10 0XF