The John Boyd Textile Company located in Castle Cary, Somerset England is the last manufacturer of horsehair in the English speaking world. They have been in business at the same location since 1830.
John Boyd Textile's 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.
The fabric, while often thought of as the brain child of the mid 19th century, traces its origins back to the 18th century. It was employed by luminaries such as George Washington, who used it on dining room chairs at Mt. Vernon.
Horsehair is a tough, durable, long-wearing fabric, perfectly suited to furniture which receives heavy usage.
Available in a broad range of designs and colors from traditional black to hot-pink, Horsehair fabric is at home in a wide range of applications, from period parlors to modern, minimalist settings. Initially used in restoration work, contemporary designers have adopted this very traditional historic fabric in modern applications such as wall covering, lamp shades, and in some cases, flooring. Its use is truly limited only by one's imagination.
For a twenty-two Yard minimum, one may custom color this product to meet the particular requirements of your project. Horsehair fabric can also be embroidered using designs reproduced from outline drawings, sketches, or photographs.
Because horsehair fabric is so exceedingly durable, it is especially suited for use in contract applications as well.