Tweed Fabric Patterns

Tweed fabric patterns explained, to help you choose your product



What are the different Tweed Fabric Patterns?

Tweeds are an icon of traditional Irish and British country clothing, coming in a variety of patterns. We thought it might be of help to give you a brief description of each along with an image of a few of the main Tweeds used today.


Barley corn Tweed

Barleycorn Tweeds have a prominent flecked pattern, giving it a richly coarse appearance. The complex colours merge into a single shade from a distance.

Herringbone Tweed

A herringbone pattern consists of columns of slanted parallel lines. The direction of the slant alternates column by column to create ‘v’ shapes.

Plaid Tweeds

Plaid-style tweeds feature a pattern of horizontal and vertical lines, not unlike a tartan.

Checked Tweed

A pattern of horizontal and vertical lines that create small squares. The characteristic small check may also be enhanced by a larger overcheck in a third colour.

Houndstooth Tweed

A type of large broken checked pattern using pointed shapes instead of squares. Said to resemble the jagged back teeth of a dog.

Plain Twill Tweeds

Twill is a simple weave with a characteristic diagonal pattern running throughout it, which may be either obvious or so subtle that the fabric appears plain.

Estate Tweed

A traditional herringbone pattern overlaid with a basic check. Colours tones chosen to match the estate’s local landscape and vegetation, for camouflage.

Overcheck Tweeds

Overchecked Tweeds are a traditional twill with a large checked design overlaid in a contrasting colour.

Tartan Tweeds

Any tartan can also be woven in tweed fabric. The characteristic uneven texture of Tweed in particular wonderfully evokes authentic old tartans.

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