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Coastal Comforts: Shop Donegal's Timeless Textiles for Mother's Day

Coastal Comforts: Shop Donegal's Timeless Textiles for Mother's Day

Stuart Marley |

Embracing modernity while inspired by centuries-old tradition, two County Donegal brands are leading the way in producing some of the world’s most sought after blankets and throws.

Nestled along the windswept Wild Atlantic Way, McNutt of Donegal and Studio Donegal draw inspiration from the untamed beauty of Ireland's North West coast. 

From rugged cliffs to heather-clad hills, the hues and textures of one of the world’s most arresting landscapes are reflected in their collections.

McNutt of Donegal traces its roots back to 1953, when Bill McNutt established the mill with a vision to uplift the local community through weaving. 

From humble beginnings in a converted community hall, the business evolved into a beacon of craftsmanship, weaving its legacy on power looms in a purpose-built mill. In the decades that followed, the McNutt name flourished, becoming synonymous with world-renowned fashion designers and design brands such as Sybil Connolly and Kenzo.

Studio Donegal has its own rich history dating back to 1979, when the brand was established in the picturesque village of Kilcar by Kevin and Wendy Donaghy. Specializing in handwoven tweed and knitwear, Studio Donegal preserves age-old traditions passed down through generations. 

Their commitment to quality and authenticity has earned them a reputation as one of Ireland's foremost artisanal brands, and Hollywood star Sarah Jessica Parker — who makes County Donegal her home — is known to be a big fan!

If you’re seeking a Mother’s Day gift to go unmatched, you won’t go wrong with a classic herringbone blanket from McNutt of Donegal. Woven from 100% pure new wool, this blanket will add a dash of classic style — not to mention cozy comfort — to every mother’s home. Or you might prefer Studio Donegal’s undulating twill handwoven throw blanket, available in everything from striking fuchsia to classic ruby red to the beautifully subtle cornflower blue.

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