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Ian Harper

Wilton Woven Carpets (About)

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In past years, there has been confusion about Wilton Royal. This brand is based in Wiltshire in the United Kingdom and was known to produce some Wiltons, Axminister and tufted products. The name was purchased by Carpets International which has filed for bankruptcy. The name is now owned along with the Kosset brand by Abington Carpets Limited. These carpets are similar to Axminster as they are both woven on a loom where the backing is also integral to the pile. The pile is created by using yarn through the backing. This makes the product stronger but it also costs more.

Design possibilities are very limited because only 5 colors can be used. Mostly plain velvet styles present prominent in marketplaces. The imports of these products supposedly are high quality but are cheap and cheap as well as offering budget possibilities. They are produced using yarns made of Polypropylene and submit with loose appearances and creases along with stiff backs that cause installation problems. A carpet that is genuine Wilton will cost over 35.00 pounds sterling per every two meters. It will look good and last for a long time. Don’t be fooled by the names as you may not be talking about a true Wilton Woven carpet.

Wilton carpets from England are eagerly sought because of the precise drawing, elegance of design and subtle coloration. They often follow mostly Persian patterns but also draw from the Crafts and English Arts. Many designs follow the Sultanabad Persian designs. These carpets are produces on Jacquard machinery. It allows separate yarn piles to come to the surface in the design and the rest remain inside. This provides more flexibility of design parameters as well as being woven with both colors and different pile heights to create multiple patterns and textures.

They can also take much longer to manufacture than other carpets. There are also more design patterns such as Runners, Ingrain, Georgian, Gothic, Colonial Revival, Edwardian, Regency and Art Deco just to name a few of the patterns that are available for these types of rugs. Both the plain single framers and Jacquard are woven using the traditional weft and warp weaving process. Traditional Wiltons have the characteristic of continuous pile run into the carpet and being raised above the surface by way of hooks or wires. These carpets are or loop or cut products and have different surface textures as well as different yarn types.

These carpets are also woven with either cut and loop pile, loop- pile or cut pile. These fibers can vary to produce a much sculpted effect. Most fiber combinations can include, synthetic fibers, 80/20 wool - nylon mix or 100 percent wool. They can also be designed to create surfaces and multi level patterns with soft variations of texture, color and pile treatment. Here is some interesting history of these wonderful carpets. These carpets are manufactured in a small percentage in Kidderminster and Wilton. Back in the early 1900’s these were the major products for this town.

Wiltons pile are sheared and cut open. This provides velvet like quality. If you were to compare Wilton to say Brussels back in the 19th century, the Wiltons were double the cost of a Brussels rug. During the Regency and Federal periods at that time could only be afforded by the wealthiest of people. Wiltons were extremely expensive and very few could afford these types of carpets. During the 1790’s these carpets were brought to the United States. Select ports such as Boston were a great draw for those seeking these types of carpets. These remain the highest grades of carpets and the revival of these carpets is due largely to period designers.

There are many manufacturers that offer different historic patterns of the 18th, 19th and early 20th century eras. With that being said, how do you clean a carpet like this? There are several different professionally made cleaners that can be used to clean rugs without harming the rug itself. Items such as Capture, which is a dry carpet cleaner, can clean these types of rugs without harming the pile or backing. Weaving of these carpets began back in 1741, when it was popularized and prospered until 1815. Wilton Royal factory was founded at the turn of the century.

Lord Pembroke founded this factory to rescue an unnamed carpet factory that had fallen on hard times. It ceased operation in 1995 after a takeover and was not allowed to retain the Wilton Royal prefix. There are many exports that are named Wilton from all over the world. From China to England and beyond, the popularity of the Wilton brand and the luxury that it affords makes it a top choice especially those who are interested in the best there is but also historical and period pieces from many different eras in time.

This is one of the most long lasting carpets that you can buy. While mechanization has brought the price down some and made it comparable, if you are looking for an older Wilton, as stated before, you will be handsomely for an earlier carpet made especially during the 1700 era. Wilton is a name well acquainted with luxury and excellent manufacturing. These are rugs that can hold up to a lot of wear and tear and still look good decades after they have been bought. As long as the carpet is taken care of, the carpet will last for quite a long time.

If you look at a lot of historical places in the United States, such as the Biltmore House, you will be able to see a Wilton carpet there. Long associated with the wealthy and rich, these carpets have passed the test of time. With so much luxury and the process used to create and manufacture these types of carpets, is it any wonder that these are the most popular among collectors, period collectors and those who just want a great luxurious carpet. So if you are looking for the best, then check out the best, Wilton Woven Carpets.