The Abbotsford Collection

The Abbotsford Collection has been designed exclusively for Sinclair Duncan by two talented students from Heriot Watt School of Textiles and Design. The source of inspiration for the scarf designs was Abbotsford, the former residence of influential author and poet, Sir Walter Scott and now a tourist destination. Abbotsford sits on the banks of the River Tweed, between Galashiels and Melrose in spectacular surroundings synonymous with the local area.

“After our visit to Abbotsford we were inspired by the shepherd’s plaid and its connection to Sir Walter Scott, thus we incorporated it into the border of the scarf. The soft tonal colour changes in the ladies scarf echo the delicate nature of the heather flower and moody Scottish sunsets. The men’s scarf has darker colours with a focus on rich burgundy red derived from the drapery and dark oak shades of Scott’s study.” Anja Alexandersdottir, Weave Designer.

“As a print designer, painting and drawing is extremely important to my design process. My initial source of inspiration was the Chinese wallpaper in the Drawing Room at Abbotsford. I wanted to combine an oriental style with classic Scottish motifs. Sketching heather and tree branches with ink to portray the oriental feel worked really well.” Laura Richardson, Print Designer.