Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Killybegs and Donegal Carpets

Killybegs is a great harbor town in County Donegal, Ireland. A mecca for tourists with beautiful scenery, golden beaches and rich cultural interests. Killybegs is well known as a famous fishing town throughout Ireland and it is brilliant for water sports like surfing, canoeing, windsurfing, diving and much more. You can also find activities such as rock climbing and horseback riding.

Killybegs is most famous for its tapestries and carpets, some of which are produced on the biggest carpet loom in the world at the Donegal Carpet Factory. These hand-knotted wool carpets are treasured throughout the world adorning important buildings such as Dublin Castle, the Vatican, the White House, the International Space Station, Buckingham Palace and the University of Notre Dame. In the past few years, some of the original Donegals have sold at auction for $75,000 - $125,000!

The Donegal Carpet Factory closed three of the four factories, and production was centered in the original factory in the village of Killybegs. But by 1987, orders had dwindled and the factory closed its doors. In 1999, with a new commission for the Irish government, Donegal Carpets reopened and the original looms came back to life.

Visit the historic Donegal Carpet Factory to learn more about this traditional craft on Celtic Tours Ancient Ireland escorted motorcoach tour.

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