Friday, June 15, 2012

Another job you wouldn't want to do: Making Rugs

The Children's Book of Achievement.  London & Glasgow:  Collins Clear-Type Press, 1958
Axminster Carpets is still a going concern.  From their website:

"Thomas Whitty began making Axminster method carpets in 1755.  This original Axminster carpet 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. 

102 years later a carpet manufacturer called Harry Dutfield was on a train where he met a vicar from the West Country who told him that carpets had not been made in Axminster for a while due to a disastrous fire that had destroyed the factory. The germ of an idea was born and in 1937 the decision was taken to relaunch carpet manufacturing in the town of Axminster."

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