Antique British carpets are rare. Having been introduced to the English in the late 1500s, most rugs were manufactured in the southeast, near Norwich. Towns such as Exeter, Moorefield, and Axminster hired weavers from Savonnerie to produce rugs. Prior to 1880, these carpets were handmade for royalty, since no one else could afford them. Weavers were hired and looms were built for them.Kidderminster, Worcestershire, is the name most closely associated with rug manufacturing from the industrial revolution. From about the mid-1700s until the early 1900s, mills there produced a reversible flat weave, resulting in the pattern appearing on both sides. Designs by William Morris, Charles Voysey, and Gavin Morto are still available today, and we have a selection for you to view upon request.
Axminster carpets were first produced in the mid-1700s in the town of Axminster in England, and became famous for their method of weaving. Axminster rugs have furnished the castles of royalty as well as the urban and country homes of the wealthy internationally. Some of the world's most famous carpets were made in Axminster. Despite such success and recognition, production of Axminster carpets has been inconsistent due to fires, economic depression, and other global events. Today they are highly prized for their color, quality, and weaving style.
We are always happy to collaborate with you on a custom carpet that meets all your specifications...and your wildest dreams! Of course, it will be woven on our very own looms with the best materials under the supervision of our experts.
Design: Farahan Carpet
Style: 19th Century English Axminster Carpet
Material: 100% wool
Colors: Forest Green Ochre, Blue, Ivory
Size: 8’ X 10'10"
Rug Number: 70002345