Room at Plas Mawr, the walls hung with reproduction Dornix

Dornix, also known as dornicks and darnacle, is a wool and linen fabric, first used in the 16th century.

Dornix originated in the Belgian town of Tournai (Doornik in Flemish) in the 15th century and was made from a combination of wool and linen.[1] It was a coarse cloth, similar to kersey, and used on beds, hangings, curtains and similar purposes.[2] It was popular in middle-class English homes in the 15th century.[3] Manufacture spread to the Flemish town of Lille, and to Norwich in England, where substantial manufacture continued until the 18th century.[4]


Dornick (also spelled dornock[5] Dornec or Darnec[6]) was a strong linen damask used for table cloth, wall hangings, etc. Dornick also originated at Tournai.[7][8][9] A similar fabric was Dorrock;[10] the names Dornock and Dorrock are associated with Scotland.[7][9]



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  2. ^ Kerridge 1985, p. 22
  3. ^ Humphries 2006, p. 78
  4. ^ Kerridge 1985, pp. 22–23
  5. ^ Simpson, John; Weiner, Edmund, eds. (1989). The Oxford English Dictionary. Vol. IV. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 964. ISBN 978-0-19-861186-8.
  6. ^ Fairchild's dictionary of textiles. Internet Archive. New York, Fairchild Publications. 1959. p. 184.((cite book)): CS1 maint: others (link)
  7. ^ a b Caulfeild, S. F. A. (Sophia Frances Anne); Saward, Blanche C. (1882). The dictionary of needlework : an encyclopædia of artistic, plain, and fancy needlework ... Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library. London : L. Upcott Gill. p. 154.
  8. ^ Dent, Susie (2012), "Dornick", Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable, Chambers Harrap Publishers, doi:10.1093/acref/9780199990009.001.0001, ISBN 978-0-19-999000-9, retrieved 2021-06-12
  9. ^ a b "Webster's 1913". Retrieved 2021-06-12.
  10. ^ Webster, Thomas; Parkes, Mrs William (1845). An Encyclopædia of Domestic Economy ... Harper & Brothers. p. 951.