Harris Tweed’s orb trademark has been recognized as a coat of arms.

For years, the symbol has identified tweed made from cloth woven by hand in the Western Isles.

Now, Lord Lyon, King of Arms, has ruled that the orb can be the industry’s coat of arms.

The Harris Tweed Authority said the development would afford further protection from imitations.

Norman Macdonald, chair of the Harris Tweed Authority, said: “It’s the ultimate insurance for products that are famous for consistently high standards of quality and authenticity."