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There are two main types of carpet manufacture in the UK – Woven or Tufted


Tufted –Due to significant advances in technology over 95% of all carpets sold in the UK are tufted. The carpets are made on high powered and fast producing tufted machines by pushing hundreds of yarn threaded needles through a primary backing and then applying a secondary backing with adhesive/latex. Tufted carpet are available in a range of pile textures and some patterns.

Woven – There are two traditional types of woven carpet – Axminster and Wilton. Woven carpets are made by weaving the pile yarn directly into the backing materials at the same time. Woven carpets may be in a tiny minority of today’s overall market but still produces some of the finest carpets which are used for prestigious installations.

Axminster – The pile of the carpet is inserted into the backing as it is woven and cut to length creating U shaped tufts to give a velvety surface. The process allows for intricate designs and multiple colours to be used. The carpet offers extremely good pattern definition and dimensional stability.

Wilton – Wilton Carpets are produced in a similar way to with the principle difference being that that a continuous fibre is woven all the way through. Wilton Carpets tend to be used for plain, texture and pattern carpets using up to 5 colours. The carpet can be sheared to create a range of cut and loop textured effects.

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