Discover the beauty of our Scottish Turkey red collection through this collaborative project between National Museums Scotland and the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh.
‘Turkey red’ is a complex dyeing process developed in the Eastern Mediterranean. Introduced to Scotland in 1785, the production of Turkey red textiles became a major industry in the west, particularly during the mid- to late-19th century. At National Museums Scotland we have a stunning collection of fabric samples and pattern books from the Turkey red factories in the Vale of Leven. See examples of the beautiful textiles produced and find out more about the history of the Turkey red industry here.