Needlepoint rugs have been made for thousands of years. They are made with a diagonal or "tent" stitch, which gives them strength and durability. In 19th and 20th century Britain and America, as a result of the Industrial Revolution, needlepoint embroidery became an activity of leisure class women because they had more free time. The invention of chemical dyes around the same time period made the inclusion of a broader spectrum of colors possible.
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.
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: Needlepoint Wool Carpet
Style: 19th Century English Needlepoint Carpet
Material: 100% Wool
Colors: Black, Brown, Gold, Light Blue, Aqua, Light Green, Yellow, Ivory, Rose, Peach, Pink, Lavender
Size: 16' X 23'
Rug Number: 70002631