Cotton rope is just so ... yesterday.
And really, so are we! The first Pawleys Island cotton-rope hammock, handcrafted by South Carolina riverboat captain Joshua John "Cap'n Josh" Ward in 1889, remains the heart of our brand even now, more than a century down the line. We've seen countless copies and knockoffs of Cap'n Josh's inspired design through the years, yet in the end, there's only ever been one Original.
Since those now-distant days of Cap'n Josh, we've continually improved upon our core materials and, where it's made sense to, expanded our line of products. In addition to our classic cotton-rope Original, we now also offer rope hammocks in all-weather, cottony-soft DURACORD® and soft-spun white polyester, as well as a selection of richly designed fabric hammocks, hammock-inspired swings, hammock stands, swing stands and key relaxation accessories.
For years you could only find the Original Pawleys Island Rope Hammock in the cozy little Original Hammock Shop in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Many of our rope-hammock bodies are still woven right there, in much the same manner as back in Cap'n Josh's time. Yet today, the Pawleys Island brand – the most-recognized hammock brand ever – is also carried by numerous top-line retailers worldwide, distributed from our company headquarters in Greenville, North Carolina.
So while you may not have come to our brand in the same way you might have in years gone by, please know that our promise to you remains the same today as it has been for more than 130 years now: craftsmanship, quality and tradition woven together in a slice of that relaxed live-oak lifestyle of the old coastal South, right there in your own back yard, wherever in the world your own back yard may be!
Our Original History
How many great inventions have come about just because somebody couldn't get a good night's sleep? That's the story behind 19th-century riverboat captain Joshua John "Cap'n Josh" Ward and our Original Pawleys Island Rope Hammock.Learn More
That pretty little metal tag that says it's an Original Pawleys Island does not go on until certain high standards of quality have first gone in, from our selection of exceptional materials to the artistry of their assembly.Learn More
Whether it's your first time seeing a master hammock weaver at work, or your hundredth, the fluid rhythm of hands and rope is positively hypnotic.Learn More