The American brand Rowan is known internationally for the high quality of its yarns. Its name comes from the beautiful rowan trees that grow on the banks of the River Holme in Yorkshire, an area with a long textile tradition in England.
Rowan started out in 1978 selling knitting kits from a grocery shop near Huddersfield. It later moved its headquarters to a former textile mill in the same area. There they continue to create yarns which they export all over the world.
The aim of its founders, Stephen Sheard and Simon Cockin, was to produce yarns in a wide range of natural fibres with a colour palette similar to that of a box of oil paints for the creation of timeless designs.
In 1982, a chance meeting between Stephen and Kaffe Fassett led Rowan to a new venture: creating designer projects to weave with his yarns. Three years later, Rowan partnered with Westminster Fibers to bring the brand to the US and from there it grew to more than 30 countries.
More than 40 years later, Rowan’s mission is still alive and well. Its team of collaborators includes world-renowned designers to create patterns that inspire knitters around the world: Lisa Richardson, Martin Storey, Erika Knight, Brandon Mably, Arne & Carlos, Quail Studio and Georgia Farrell.