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Watts & Co supply a variety of textiles, from exclusive silks for making vestments, to altar linens for everyday use in your church. We are best known for our rich archive of Church designs which spans over 400 years of fabric history. Our fabrics are of the highest possible quality, richness and weave. Many of them were designed exclusively for Watts by Pugin, Bodley and Comper. Others have been developed more recently, but are equally popular, and in-keeping with the Watts tradition and quality. Please click on a category to explore it further.
We are very proud of our wide selection of exclusive fabrics and textiles. Many of our fabrics were designed by Bodley, Comper, and Pugin and, more recently, by our former creative director, Mr D J Gazeley. The majority of our exclusive fabrics are in silk, but we also weave tapestries and cotton damask fabrics. The wide range of hundreds of ecclesiastical fabrics mean there is something suitable for every church, project, and liturgical season.
We supply both small altar linens and altar cloths. Our small linens include corporals, purificators, palls, and lavabo towels. These small linens may be made with plain hem or hemstitching, and can be embroidered with a selection of designs. We also create larger altar cloths in the finest Irish linen, made to your exact measurements and with optional lace and embroidery available.
Our exclusive textiles are still woven in a traditional mill, in the heart of the English countryside. The process is complex and involves a small but highly skilled team working alongside us from start to finish. The founders’ philosophy of producing the highest quality textiles using only the finest materials remains at the centre of our firm today. Below is a short guide which details our bespoke fabric design service, including incorporation of emblems and creation of custom colours.