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An English Axminster ( size adjusted) BB5063

Size: 19'10'' × 10' Circa: 1900
An antique English Axminster Carpet with a symetrical design that features overlapping paisley shapes...

Item No: BB5063

An English Axminster runner BB3299

Size: 10'10'' × 1'10'' Circa: 1900
An early 20th century antique English Axminster runner, the red field with vine forms and abstract curving leaves ...

Item No: BB3299

An English Axminster Carpet

Size: 19'9'' × 13'9'' Circa: 1920
An English Axminster from the early 20th century, the light brown field with rosettes and abstract palmettes linked ...

Item No: BB2350

An English Axminster carpet BB1796

Size: 22'7'' × 20'3'' Circa: 1920
One of the finest examples in the DLB collection of early 20th century English Axminster carpets, the saffron field ...

Item No: BB1796

An English Axminster carpet BB1406

Size: 15'3'' × 11'4'' Circa: 1920
An English Axminster carpet, the red field with scattered green leaves around blue and beige ...

Item No: BB1406

An English Axminster rug BB1392

Size: 14'2'' × 13'2'' Circa: 1800
A round early 19th century English Axminster carpet of exceptional charm, the sand field with a golden leaf roundel ...

Item No: BB1392

An English Axminster carpet BB1316

Size: 15'6'' × 14'4'' Circa: 1870
A late 19th century English Axminster antique carpet, the black field with pink floral branches around a yellow-vinery ...

Item No: BB1316

An English Axminster carpet BB1287

Size: 30'8'' × 17'7'' Circa: 1850
An antique English Axminster carpet from the mid 19th century, which is among the finest among the antique rugs at ...

Item No: BB1287

An English Axminster rug BB1203

Size: 15'5'' × 13'2'' Circa: 1820
A late 18th century English Axminster rug, the brown patterned field dominated by a bold floral garland framing ...

Item No: BB1203

An English Axminster carpet BB1162

Size: 27'9'' × 13'5'' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century Axminster carpet from England, the shaded pastel blue and green field with flowering vinery ...

Item No: BB1162

An English Axminster carpet BB0749

Size: 14' × 10'2'' Circa: 1910
An early 20th century English Axminster carpet, the voluptuous paisley corners almost overtaking the rich red field ...

Item No: BB0749

An English Axminster rug BB0015

Size: 19'2'' × 11'10'' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century English Axminster antique rug with an unusual Oriental 18th century Persian vase design ...

Item No: BB0015

English Axminster & Wilton

The history of the Axminster carpet started in 1755, when Thomas Whitty opened a carpet manufacturing company in the town of Axminster, in the county of Devon. The development of carpet manufacture in England during this period was enabled by laws which were designed to promote locally produced textiles, out of concern that foreign textiles were dominating the market, particularly by the French Savonnerie carpets. These early Axminster rugs were hand knotted, and they quickly became the undisputed choice for wealthy aristocracy. Antique Axminster carpets and rugs grace the floors of Chatsworth and Brighton Pavillion to name a few and were bought by George III and Queen Charlotte who visited the factory in the 18th Century.

Some of the most famous Axminster carpets were designed by renowned architect and furniture maker Robert Adam. The elegant carpet he designed for Harewood House circa 1770 currently resides at the Metropolitan Museum is not dissimilar to the Lansdowne carpet, circa 1775. They both employ classical motifs based on the antique finds at Herculaneum and Pompeii in the late 18th century. They share a sense of orderly symmetry in the overall design using Palladian elements such as columns, pediments, architraves, trophy compartments and a string of bell flowers along with classical masks. The Axminster rugs he designed often mimicked the plasterwork of the ceiling above. He used nearly garish intensity of colors which have faded over time.

An Axminster carpet is a type of pile carpet named for Axminster, a town in Southwest England which continues to produce carpets today. These carpets are made distinctive by their bright colors, and they are traditionally made from wool. Like the French carpets they often featured classical motifs borrowed from Renaissance architectural elements and floral patterns while a few designs embraced Oriental patterns. William Morris and CFA Voysey are famous designers who drew patterns for Axminster carpets and rugs in the late 19th/early 20th century. Most people associate Axminster with quality, since it has been a renowned name in carpet making for centuries.