- Size: 14'2" × 14'2" (431 × 431 cm)Antique Rugs, European Rugs, English Axminster Carpets & Wilton Rugs, Circular RugsAround early 19th century English Axminster carpet of exceptional charm, the sand field with a golden leaf roundel containing four fish around a naturalistic lion head within a border of […]
- Size: 13'9" × 19'9" (419 × 601 cm)Antique Rugs, English Axminster Carpets & Wilton Rugs, European RugsAntique rug that will charm both you and your guests is not easy to find. The abundance of different styles and color palettes of antique rugs can easily overwhelm even […]
- Size: 17'7" × 30'8" (535 × 934 cm)Antique Rugs, European Rugs, English Axminster Carpets & Wilton Rugs, Oversized RugsAn antique English Axminster rugs from the mid 19th century, which is among the finest among the antique rugs at the Doris Leslie Blau gallery. The carpet has a cobalt […]
- Size: 10'0" × 19'10" (304 × 604 cm)Antique Rugs, English Axminster Carpets & Wilton Rugs, European RugsAn antique English Axminster Carpet with a symetrical design that features overlapping paisley shapes. Camel, moss green and ivory on a rust field within a multi stepped border. This antique […]
- Size: 20'3" × 22'7" (617 × 688 cm)Antique Rugs, English Axminster Carpets & Wilton Rugs, European Rugs, Oversized Rugs, Vintage Rugs in New York CityOne of the finest examples in the DLB collection of early 20th century English Axminster carpets, the saffron field with a overall pattern of highly-stylized palmettes, flowering tendrils and flowerheads […]
- Size: 11'4" × 15'3" (345 × 464 cm)Antique Rugs, English Axminster Carpets & Wilton Rugs, European RugsAn English Axminster carpet, the red field with scattered green leaves around blue and beige floral medallions containing floral motifs and with irregular playful edges within a dark blue border […]
- Size: 14'4" × 15'6" (436 × 472 cm)Antique Rugs, English Axminster Carpets & Wilton Rugs, European Rugs, Oversized RugsA late 19th century English Axminster antique carpet, the black field with pink floral branches around a yellow-vinery formed red cusped medallion containing a leafy yellow and ivory floral centerpiece […]
- Size: 13'5" × 27'9" (408 × 845 cm)Antique Rugs, English Axminster Carpets & Wilton Rugs, European RugsAn early 20th century Axminster carpet from England, the shaded pastel blue and green field with flowering vinery and stylized palmette trellis overall within a red palmette and serrated leaf […]
- Size: 10'2" × 14'0" (309 × 426 cm)Antique Rugs, English Axminster Carpets & Wilton Rugs, European RugsAn early 20th century English Axminster carpet, the voluptuous paisley corners almost overtaking the rich red field with covered with scattered floral and geometric motifs, within an unusually narrow border. […]
- Size: 11'10" × 19'2" (360 × 584 cm)Antique Rugs, English Axminster Carpets & Wilton Rugs, European RugsA late 19th century English Axminster rugs with an unusual Oriental 18th century Persian vase design on a dark caramel field with voluptuous pinks and beiges framed by a beige […]
History of English Axminster Carpets & Wilton Rugs
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 Axminster 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.
Hand Knotted English Axminster Carpets
These early English Axminster rugs were hand knotted, and they quickly became the undisputed choice for wealthy aristocracy. Antique Axminster carpets and other European 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. Most people associate Axminster carpet with quality, since it has been a renowned name in carpet making for centuries.
Design of English Axminster & Wilton
Some of the most famous Axminster carpets were designed by renowned architect and furniture maker Robert Adam. The elegant Axminster 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. Axminster carpets 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.
Axminster carpets and renaissance elements
An Axminster carpet is a type of pile carpet named for Axminster, a town in Southwest England which continues to produce English Axminster carpets today. These carpets are made distinctive by their bright colors, and they are traditionally made from wool. Like the French carpets, English Axminster carpets and rugs 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.