Thursday, 7 January 2016

History Of The Great British Pub Carpet

The Great British Public House is renowned the world over, not just a place to drink beers, ales, wine or something slightly stronger but it's a unique social centre and has been for about 2,000 years, ever since the Romans invaded Britain.

It wasn't until the 20th century, when the saloon or lounge bar had become a middle class room that carpet was introduced on the floor, while the remainder of the public house kept the bare boards.

On a recent commercial carpet cleaning job, the Art of Clean team had been instructed to clean the pubs Axminster carpet.  

During the past 100 years, there have been only two contenders of carpet manufacturers for a such a public thoroughfare.  Wilton or Axminster became the choice of most landlords because of the easy to keep clean and hard-wearing nature of the pile.

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History of the carpet

The knotted pile carpet probably originated in the 3rd or 2nd millennium BC in West Asia, perhaps the Caspian Sea area (Northern Iran) or the Eastern Anatolia, although there is evidence of goats and sheep being sheared for wool and hair which was spun and woven as far back at the 7th millennium. (source:

Axminster carpets Ltd was founded in 1755 in Axminster, Devon by Thomas Whitty.  These original Axminster Carpets could be found in Chatsworth House and Brighton Pavilion as well as being bought by King George III and Queen Charlotte, who visited the factory.


Wilton Carpets Commercial is also a proud British manufacturer with a long heritage.  Their first weaving sheds were based at their Wiltshire site almost 300 years ago.

Machine woven carpets like Axminster and Wilton are made by massive looms that weave together 'bobbins' of carpet yarn and backing.  The finished result, which can be intricately patterned, creates a floor that provides supreme underfoot luxury with high performance. tufted carpets are also popular in the home.

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