Founded in 1837 and with our roots in apparel, we are one of the last remaining vertical woollen mills in Great Britain, with a reputation for consistent quality and innovative design. Here you can discover more about the Abraham Moon mill, our illustrious company history, and the many natural benefits of wool fabrics.
1837 – A memorable year in at least 2 respects. It was the year in which Queen Victoria succeeded to the British throne and it was also the year in which Abraham Moon & Sons was founded.
Abraham Moon, a considerable standing in the community of Guiseley, on the Northern fringes of Leeds and the Southern fringes of the Yorkshire Dales, supplied many local families with yarn to weave cloth on hand looms in their homes. When the cloth was woven he would collect the pieces, paying the weavers for their work. The cloth was then scoured (washed) locally and hung out to dry in the surrounding fields. Abraham would then transport the pieces by horse and cart to Leeds for sale in the market.
1868 – Abraham had a three storey mill built on Netherfield Road in Guiseley, less than 300 yards from his house at the top of Oxford Avenue. The mill had an abundant source of local water which was soft and ideal for scouring (washing) and other processes necessary in woollen manufacture. Today we still use the pure water springs underneath the mill for scouring; as manufacturing technology progresses with time it’s these simple historic details that make our fabrics special.
The newly built railway to Leeds ran directly behind the mill which had its own sidings. This proved an invaluable form of transport both inward (wool for processing, coal for power) and outward (distribution of cloth to the expanding consumer network). The company’s records show exports to both Western Europe and Japan as early as the 1890’s.
1877 – In August 1877 Abraham Moon lost his life in an accident. A report from the local newspaper at the time sets the scene:
“Mr Moon was attending the annual Yeadon feast in his horse-drawn carriage. When a band struck up the startled horse bolted down Henshaw Lane. Two passengers managed to jump clear and were unharmed but Mr Moon stayed in his carriage trying to calm his horse. In its panic it tried to turn into a familiar lane where there was no room for the carriage. The vehicle demolished part of a wall into which Abraham Moon was thrown. He died soon afterwards from a head injury”. The article goes on to report that the horse survived the accident!
After his death, Abraham’s son Isaac succeeded him in the business, which continued to flourish throughout the remainder of the Victorian era.
1902 – The original multi-storey mill burned to the ground. Undeterred Isaac Moon built a much larger single storey mill. By this time the mill had become fully vertical, meaning all manufacturing processes took place on one site – from raw wool through dyeing, blending, carding, spinning, warping weaving, and finally finishing the fabrics. We are one of the very few remaining vertical woollen mills left in Great Britain today. Isaac Moon took the business forward until his death in 1909.
Design and pattern books which date back to the early part of the Twentieth Century tell a story in themselves. Fashion fabrics from 1900 to 1913 gradually give way to army shirting, trouserings and greatcoat cloths from 1914 which in turn are replaced by the emerging fashions of the 20s. Today designers use the old pattern books for inspiration with new designs and the re-creation of retro looks.
1920 – The Moon family sold their shares in the company in order to pursue other interests. The shares were purchased by Charles H Walsh who was both designer and mill manager at the time with the borrowed sum of £33,000, the equivalent of £1.25m today. Charles’ death in 1924 saw the company passed onto his son Frank, who was already in the business.
1954 – Frank’s nephew Arthur took control, only retiring as chairman in 2010. The current managing director is John Walsh, the fourth generation of the family which succeeded the Moon dynasty. 1952 also marked a further extension of the mill, still located at the original site on Netherfield Road, making more room for the warping and weaving of the fabrics.
1990 – Throughout the 1990’s, wool faced increased competition from man-made fabric. While many mills tried (and failed) to compete on price, Moon focused on quality and concentrated on the luxury market, taking advantage of the manufacturing control and consistency that only a vertical mill can offer. Our customer list includes major international brands such as Burberry, Paul Smith, and Ralph Lauren.
2009 – Bronte Tweeds was purchased by Abraham Moon & Sons. Already a well-known producer of throws and tartans, the combination of Bronte’s extensive market knowledge and our dedicated in-house design team and manufacturing versatility has seen our accessories division grow exponentially in the years since. Bronte Tweeds was rebranded as Bronte by Moon in 2013.
DeMuro Das is about the commitment to aesthetic unity and complete craftsmanship, to quality and beauty, that is at the core of modern luxury.
As designers working in contemporary India, we take our cues from a host of aesthetic influences to create an indigenous modernism that is globally inflected while comfortably inhabiting India’s rich tradition of ornament.
Every DeMuro Das design begins with a concept that we elaborate and refine through material studies and prototypes. Our hands-on approach continues through the production process, which we oversee in its entirety, and into installation, giving us a singular ability to produce truly unique, integrated living environments. Each of these capacities – in development, production and design – is central to our mission, process and philosophy.
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Our latest ESD wool upholstery Satellite uses 3 yarns of different thickness, including a textured slub yarn to create a random organic undulating texture, that reverses to show an interesting vertical stripe on the other side for a perfect colour match.Produced from fine worsted Australian wool, with 100,000 Martindale rubs on both sides without change of appearance, Satellite is suitable for Heavy Duty Upholstery use.
Available in 8 new directional colours from the 2016 Pantone Fashion Colour Palette.
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Black and White: Always Perfect Together
What’s better than black and white, side by side? Inspired by the black and white landscapes I recently saw in the volcano region of Iceland, this month we take a look at some of our favorite black and white patterns and mix them with complementary textures and polyurethanes. Our high performance graphic patterns Facade and Happiness are bleach cleanable. Points of Light and Mehndi Cryptons resist soiling and are easily cleaned and equally durable. Eureka and Groove are polyurethanes that provide a sleek contrast, easy of cleaning and high performance features. Play up the combination of black and white by adding classic textures: Woodland is a mohair velvet with luxurious hand while its complement Prairie provides a fine scale level loop weave.
Nordic. The word brings to mind the Land of the Midnight Sun, beautiful landscapes, colorful country cabins and fresh, clean air. Join us while we discover the patterns and colors found throughout the Scandinavian countries of Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland! Our Nordic Collection includes Folklore, a large scale geometric pattern available in four distinct colorways inspired by traditional folk textile patterns. Cozy is a soft textured plain available in 6 colorways including the red, blue and gold found in Nordic city and rural houses. Both fabrics are washable and bleach cleanable/harsh chemical safe. Their great texture complements larger scale seating for today’s open spaces.
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Weather Forecast: Wintery Greys With a Touch of Spring Green
Once again winter seems to linger on, but the days are growing longer and for many of us, spring is just around the corner. So for this month’s Color Story, let’s combine winter’s silvery greys with the fresh new-growth-greens of spring. Here we offer geometric patterns in both mid-scale Tracks and larger-scale Crossing Lines. Stripes are always usable in either Obi Stripe‘s metallic smooth surface or the luxurious two-tone chenille weave of Kiri. Groove is our popular polyurethane with a subtle metallic texture that seems to complement any textile. And if you have a touch of spring fever, consider the allover mid-scale floral pattern,Happiness. All of these patterns are durable, harsh chemical safe and cleanable with diluted bleach, making them the ideal solution for any indoor space requiring high performance textiles.
Silver Spun with Gold
We love cool greys and silver, and they always work with warm amber gold. This month’s color story combines some of our favorite geometric patterns with two of our newest textured stripes. In Repeat is a large scale, bold, two-tone graphic, while Windows combines neutrals with color in a rhythmic pattern. Alhambra offers a classic linear motif. A softer approach to geometry can be found in Kimono’s ikat dot imagery. All these patterns work with the fine scale stripes of Kiri, woven with chenille yarns, and Obi Stripe’s metallic threads. These patterns are also harsh chemical/bleach cleanable safe and suited for the most demanding interiors. Melange, a trevira cs inherently flame retardant plain weave, creates the perfect solid complement and can be used in any vertical application such as drapery and wall covering. Whether you prefer silver or gold, all these fabrics meet the most demanding high performance requirements.
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