Located in the South–West of England, Axminster Carpets is one of the largest carpet manufacturers in the world. The
original manufacture dates back to 1755 and was founded by Thomas Whitty, a renowned carpet weaver. His carpets soon gained a
reputation, synonymous with style, luxury and elegance. Very shortly, Whitty's carpets adorned the floors of most stately
homes in Britain. The original factory was destroyed by fire which stopped the manufacture of carpeting for some time. In
1937 the carpet manufacturer was restarted in the town of Axminster after which the company and carpets are named. Axminster
Carpets Ltd., continues to uphold Whitty’s tradition of making some of the best carpets in the world.
Today Axminster has diversified and manufactures four types of carpet: Axminster, Wilton carpet of cut or loop pile,
Tufted carpet and Flatbed weave. Axminster and Wilton are both woven but the method differs slightly. Tufted carpets use yarn
attached to pre–existing backing with special adhesive. Flatbed weave is the newest in the range, which adopts a
fashionably textured approach. This unique yarn technology results in a carpet with superior strength and style. A flatbed
weave has a larger, flatter and hence more textured loop–pile appearance.
Axminster Carpets also produce sheepskin rugs in 11 colors ranging from ivory white to jet black and passionate pink to
lilac time. In the company's line of mosaic rugs, each is individual and unique. The sheepskins used are from the West
Country of England and are treated by a centuries–old traditional method. Axminster sheepskin rugs whether used on the
floor, as a bedcover or in any part of the room, make a luxury statement of their own.