Killybegs Maritime and Heritage Centre – The Killybegs Maritime & Heritage Centre is situated at the famous Donegal carpets building, where world renowned hand-knotted carpets are made. It offers a fascinating audio visual insight into the history of the fishing and hand-knotted carpets – also home to the longest hand-knotted loom in the world.
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Situated within what was once the famous Killybegs Carpet Factory, the Heritage Centre is home to the largest hand-knotted loom in the world. Visitors will see live demonstrations of weaving of the hand-knotted carpets, a chance to meet and talk with one of the few hand-weavers remaining in this part of the country, and enjoy a step-by-step account of how each carpet is individually designed and produced. Visitors are taught the unique craft of hand-knotting, and have the opportunity to try their skills at one of the hand-looms on display in the Factory.
Enjoy a fascinating insight into the history of one of the largest fishing fleets in Ireland, and take a journey into the past via audio visual and listen to the experiences of some of the Killybegs fishermen who give their own personal account of life in bygone days. Visitors will also have the opportunity to enjoy a hands-on audio visual display in a fishing trawler wheelhouse, allowing them to step into the fisherman’s shoes and imagine the wonderment of the ocean and the skills needed to live alongside nature in its true sense.
Donegal Carpets still creates exclusive bespoke carpets in the original factory at Killybegs. Now for the first time in our history, we are also producing hand-knotted carpets abroad. We are pleased to announce the introduction of our design collections, now available through design centers and retail galleries worldwide.
Donegal Carpets have built our reputation on the finest craftsmanship in carpet manufacture, and Donegal Carpets have been a favoured choice of designers and architects worldwide for over one hundred years. Our record speaks for itself: Our carpets have been found in places as diverse as Dublin Castle, Buckingham Palace, the Vatican, and Mishref Palace in Kuwait, to name just a few.
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