About Tar Heel Toile

Our “Tar Heel Toile” design celebrates UNC Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university.

The Old Well

The Old Well, the most widely recognized symbol of UNC, was designed by UNC graduate Eugene Lewis Harris and completed in 1897.

The bell tower

The Morehead-Patterson Bell Tower, rising 172 feet, is one of the most visible landmarks on campus.

South Building

South Building, now the central administration building, is one of the oldest buildings on campus. Construction began in 1798.

Wilson Library

Wilson Library, the university’s main library until 1984, was completed in 1929. Later renamed the Louis Round Wilson Library after the university’s first librarian, it now houses special collections.

Playmakers Theatre

Playmakers Theater, originally Smith Hall, was designed by Alexander Jackson Davis and built in 1850. It was later designated a National Historic Landmark as an important example of Greek Revival architecture.


Rameses, the ram mascot, dates back to 1924, when chosen to honor the star fullback, Jack Merritt, who was nicknamed “the battering ram.”

Other motifs featured in Tar Heel toile design include North Carolina’s state symbols: dogwood blossoms, pine cones and branches, and the cardinal.


When you buy Nothing Finer, you’re investing in dreams!  A percentage of all sales will go back to the university for funding scholarships.