The Bobinet loom
After centuries of being made by hand, the invention of the tulle loom quickly meant that this refined, extremely delicate fabric could be produced mechanically. The Bobinet loom, created in Nottingham in 1808, revolutionized the burgeoning tulle industry by using a knotted weave technique that was sturdier and suppler. “Bobbin” tulle, so fine that it becomes amazingly transparent, is also highly resistant. Threads in silk, wool, cotton, linen or other innovative materials are enhanced on these exceptional looms and inspire creativity. Between 1986 and 1996, the House of Sophie Hallette restored and gave a new life to thirty neglected, hundred-year-old bobinet looms. Today they produce one of the world’s finest tulles.