Harris Tweed Patterns

Harris Tweed Patterns

The Ultimate Guide to Harris Tweed Patterns: Everything You Need to Know

Harris Tweed is a luxurious and durable fabric that has been woven by hand in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland for centuries. One of the most distinctive features of Harris Tweed is its wide range of patterns. There are 100s of different patterns which all stem from four main Harris Tweed patterns. In this guide, we’ll explore the fascinating world of Harris Tweed patterns and have a look at the Maccessori patterns currently in our collection.

The History of Harris Tweed Patterns

Harris Tweed patterns have a rich history that dates back to the 18th century. Originally, the fabric was woven in plain colours, but as demand grew, weavers began to experiment with different patterns and designs. The first Harris Tweed pattern to gain popularity was the herringbone, which is still one of the most popular patterns today. Other popular patterns include tartans, checks, and plaids, each with their own unique history and significance. Today, Harris Tweed patterns continue to evolve and inspire designers and fashion enthusiasts around the world.

The Four Main Patterns

Harris Tweed patterns are diverse and varied, each with their own unique history and significance. Herringbone is a classic pattern that dates back to the early days of Harris Tweed, while tartans are associated with Scottish heritage and clans. Checks are a versatile pattern that can be dressed up or down, while plaids are bold and eye-catching.

All Harris Tweed patterns are based on one of four main Harris Tweed patterns: Plain Twill, Houndstooth, Herringbone or Plaid. Understanding the different types of Harris Tweed patterns can help you choose the perfect fabric for your Maccessori bag or purse. Let’s look at each one.

Plain Twill

It’s the most popular pattern. It has distinct diagonal effects in the cloth where the interlacing points of warp and weft move left or right and upwards or downwards. Twill weaves which show the diagonal effect running from bottom left to top right are referred to as twill right.


Also known as houndstooth check or hound’s tooth, dogstooth, dogtooth or dog’s tooth. Houndstooth is often black and white, although other colours are used.

Houndstooth Harris Tweed has broken checks or abstract four-pointed shapes.


Herringbone is a pattern consisting of columns of short parallel lines, with all the lines in one column sloping one way and all the lines in the next column sloping the other way.

It gets it’s name from the resemblance of fish bones – ‘Herring’s bones‘.

You can read more in our Herringbone Harris Tweed blog post.


Plaid Harris Tweed consists of crossed horizontal and vertical bands in two or more colours.

How to Choose the Right Harris Tweed Pattern for You

When it comes to choosing the right Harris Tweed pattern for your handbag or purse, there are a few things to consider. First, think about the occasion and the overall look you want to achieve. If you’re going for a classic, timeless look, a herringbone may be the way to go. If you want to make a statement, a bold plaid can add a pop of colour and personality. It’s also important to consider the colours in the pattern and how they will complement other pieces in your wardrobe. Ultimately, the right Harris Tweed pattern is one that makes you feel confident and stylish.

Maccessori Tweed Patterns

In 2023 we have ten Harris Tweed colours available (although you may occasionally see a Limited Edition tweed featured on our website). Every year we choose a new tweed design, with the help of our customers, so if you want to have a say, make sure you’re following us.

Click the links on each colour to browse the bags, purses and accessories available in each colour.

Maccessori ten Harris Tweed colours

Column 1

Green/Purple Plaid

Turquoise Herringbone 

Pastel Pink Harris Tweed

Blue Check Harris Tweed

Blue Herringbone

Column 2

Purple Check Harris Tweed

Blue/Pink Harris Tweed

Saffron Yellow Harris Tweed

Country Green Herringbone

Blue/Brown Harris Tweed


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