Axminster carpet is one of the fundamental weaves that originated in 1757 at a factory at Axminster, England providing English imitations of Turkish carpets, knotted and tufted in the oriental manner. Axminster carpets were knotted in wool on woolen warps, with wefts of flax or hemp, and featured Renaissance architectural or floral patterns. With the introduction of industrial weaving machines, the Axminster carpet factory closed in 1835 . The name lives on as a generic word for all machine-made carpeting with pile similar to chenille or velvet. Distinct from the Wilton weave, almost all pile yarn appears on the face of this carpet. This delightfully classic, and time-honored carpet is suitable for wall-to-wall applications, on stairs or even cut into an area rug .
Many flooring consultants believe that a patterned wool Axminster carpet is the most practical flooring choice available today in a commercial setting. Due to its strong construction and vast design capabilities, it is the ultimate choice floor covering among hotels, cruise ships, restaurants, and casinos. Axminster carpets are usually recommended for four- and five-star hotels. Axminster carpet is specified for many public spaces and corridors because it rarely shows soiling and everyday wear, as well as for safety and comfort. Wool Axminster resists cigarette burns and does not readily support combustion plus, it is less prone to static and can tolerate a high moisture content without feeling wet. Most tufted products do not have the same lifespan as Axminster carpets do.
Axminster Carpet Features:
- Carpet made on Axminster loom; cut pile only; most are single level cut pile, but can be multi-level as well
- Offers wide range of patterns and colors
- Regarded for withstanding heavy traffic; used mostly in commercial applications and area rugs
- Weaving process contributes to durability, strength and firmness