About John J Murphy
John Joe Murphy is an artisan textile designer-weaver of over forty years standing. In the business he runs with his wife, Bernie, he continues to blend traditional craftsmanship with contemporary design, using only the highest quality yarns. The world-renowned beauty of Ireland’s southwest has always been a source of inspiration for John Joe who was born in Killarney and now lives in the village of Rathmore, 12 miles (19km) east of Killarney.
As a graduate of the Scottish College of Textiles, Galashiels, he has accumulated a huge knowledge of yarns and weaving techniques which enables him to offer unique designs in luxury scarves. Using his skills as a master weaver, John Joe works with traditional Hattersley looms which are labour intensive and date back to the early 1900s. These narrow looms produce single width scarves with a selvedge, so that the edges will not fray.
All the products offered by Killarney Weavers Ltd are designed and woven in-house in our workshop in Rathmore. The area is steeped in ancient history and folklore as it lies in the shadow of the twin mountains known as “The Paps of Anu”, named for the ancient Irish goddess of fertility and abundance. Conscious that weaving is also part of Ireland’s ancient culture we take pride in keeping the tradition alive in a fast paced hi-tech world.
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