Axminster Carpets Saved!
We here at Bazaar Velvet were very pleased to hear that the company Axminster Carpets has been saved from closure by a dynamic group of local business people.
One of the most iconic British brands, Axminster Carpets, went into administration in March after a 258-year history. The small Devon town first manufactured carpets in 1755 but recent struggles in trade and the economy put the company’s future in doubt. Unfortunately, 300 people were made redundant.
However, due to the efforts of local residents -proud of the town’s heritage of providing carpets for government and royalty – backing the campaign to rescue the company.
It is not known much the local consortium had to raise, but the deal means the company’s factory and outlet shops in Axminster, and nearby Buckfastleigh, will stay open, saving around a hundred jobs.
Although not all the jobs could be saved, so many British brands no longer being manufactured in this country, therefore the resilience and fortitude of the local people should be admired.
Authentic Axminster carpets are woven using British wool and traditional techniques and have been considered synonymous with luxury; King George III and Queen Charlotte bought some of the first carpets. In January 2012 the company was also granted a royal warrant for the supply of goods to Her Majesty the Queen.
Who knows what the future will be for British-made carpets and those made in Axminster, but it is clear that this Devon town will not giving up its woven fame any time soon.