Axminster Carpet: An Axminster Carpet has always been synonymous with both a quality and luxury form of flooring. Today most carpet is manufactured utilizing the tufted method (cheaper faster
method of production), however for discerning consumers who require both quality, durability and luxury an Axminster carpet is still the carpet of choice that fulfills these criteria.
Unlike tufted carpet an Axminster carpet is woven. Each individual yarn colour that goes to make up the carpet pattern (in many cases modern Axminster Carpets are often plain requiring only one yarn colour) is selected by a gripper and woven with the weft. After the required yarn colour has been woven into the backing it is cut automatically to the required pile height and then reinserted when this colour is next required. The fact that the individual pieces of yarn or tufts of carpet are woven with the weft, demonstrates that an Axminster carpet provides quality, longevity and durability (better hold than carpet placed on pre-made backing) as well as a luxurious feel underfoot. The quality of an Axminster and the fact that a maximum of 12 colours can be used in a roll of carpet ensure that it is often the flooring of choice for prestigious buildings such as Royal residences, where durability and an element of luxury are simultaneously required.
Wilton Carpet – cut or loop pile: Wilton carpet, like Axminster carpet, is woven. However the difference between the two methods is the way in which the carpet is woven. Whereas the Axminster yarn is woven into each weft and then cut to the required pile height and then reinserted when that colour is needed again – the Wilton carpet yarn is a continuous strand woven all the way through.
Wilton carpets at Axminster Carpets Ltd, are produced on state of the art Wilton looms that use a maximum of five colours. However the Wilton looms at Axminster Carpets are more diverse; producing cut or loop pile textured carpet. It is the preferred flooring for many contract installations and most transport applications as it is hugely stable and extremely hard wearing. Axminster Carpets Ltd currently manufactures Wilton carpet for the majority of UK rail companies and many global airlines including British Airways and Virgin . Tufted Carpet: Tufted carpet is the more economical of the four carpet producing methods.
Unlike Axminster and Wilton carpet, a tufted carpet is produced by adding yarn onto a pre-existing backing using a special adhesive. This method is an extremely fast (one roll of Axminster might take 8 hours to make whereas one roll of tufted takes approx 1 hr) way of manufacturing carpet. Whilst it is true that a tufted carpet is not a woven carpet, here at Axminster Carpets Ltd we produce all our own yarn Homespun ensuring that only the finest and most durable quality yarn is used.
Because we produce our own yarn we have complete control over the whole carpet manufacturing process. We are the only UK company to do this and one of only a few worldwide, that adhere to this rigorous quality standard. This ensures that when you buy a tufted carpet from Axminster Carpets Ltd you are buying a carpet of the highest quality.
Flatbed Weave Carpet: The Flatbed weave carpet (typified in our rustic weave range) is one of our newer ranges utilizing a fashionable textured approach. This design requires the use our unique yarn technology – cable tec – allowing us to produce a carpet with superior strength and with style. It is a similar product to that of a Wilton carpet. However with a Flatbed weave carpet the yarn can be woven over many weft insertions, allowing us to create a larger, flatter and therefore more textured looking loop pile.