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Aran Woollen Mills

About Us

Aran Woollen Mills celebrates the timeless beauty, high quality and honoured tradition of Aran knitting. We treasure its colourful past, we value its cultural Irish heritage and we celebrate its presence in modern Irish life.

  • Established in 1965 as Carraig Donn Manufacturing by the Hughes family in Westport Co Mayo, Aran Woollen Mills (AWM) embodies a rich legacy of Irish craft and heritage. Founded by Maura Hughes and her husband Padraig, the business began as a true family endeavor, with all members actively involved in various aspects, from product development to distribution. Initially specializing in hand-knit Aran sweaters and other woolen goods, AWM fostered local employment by engaging over a hundred workers along the West Coast who crafted products in their homes. Over the years, the business has flourished, expanding its operations to Bellmullet while maintaining its commitment to quality, sustainability, and supporting skilled Irish jobs. With over 100 employees and ambitious growth plans, AWM continues to weave its story of tradition and innovation, inviting others to join its journey.

Our Mission

Bringing the natural beauty, warmth, and unique style of Aran knitwear to customers who value craftsmanship, authenticity and sustainability.

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  • A Story behind every stitch

    The stitches within our products are expertly crafted and beautifully designed, but do you know the stories, myths and legends behind each one? Many are said to bring good fortune and wealth to the wearer. Discover what lies behind each stitch, and you never know, it may be your lucky day. 

  • Sustainability is at the heart of what we do

    Aran Woollen Mills knitwear is inspired by the land, crafted from the land and kind to the land. We are proud of our authentic, ethical, sustainable practices and the only mark we wish to leave on the world is one of heritage, warmth and kindness.

  • Stitched in History & Heritage

    • Established in 1965

      The Hughes Family got the yarn rolling, and it’s been thriving ever since. We couldn’t be more proud to carry on the time honoured tradition.

    • Made Using 100% Wool

      We believe in harnessing the natural beauty and perfect quality of the finest wool. No synthetics, just nature at its finest.

    • Formed Over Generations

      Our ethos is to constantly improve our knitwear as each year goes by. With generation after generation of craftsmanship and experience, we know how to get the best from our wool.

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