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Natural plaid wool carpet in four colors from Axminster

plaid wool carpetingI’m pretty sure the fascionistas will approve of this plaid carpet find: 100% wool Natural Plaid carpets by the iconic British maker, Axminster aka Wilton. Whereas yesterday’s post focused on an inexpensive, nylon plaid carpet for knotty pine rooms, today I’m spotlighting a more subdued, all-wool style that could suit more formal, even upscale, living spaces. Like, they have photos of Prince Charles on their website.

plaid carpet in wool by axminsterWhile the nylon plaid is pleasingly kitschy, I’d say that these Axminster plaids have a subdued, upscale look  that is traditional and timeless. Price is upscale, too, I’m sure.

modern sofaFor example, a number of readers have purchased the affordable, modern Macy’s Corona sofa (on sale for $699 as I write this – it’s always on sale!). If you are using this sofa or one like it in a living room, family or den and want to “warm up” the modern space, the Axminster plaid carpet would look fantastic, I think.

plaid wool carpetingThis carpet is SO pretty. To be sure, they’ve muted all the shades to neutralize the plaid for a wider variety of today’s traditional-bridging-to-modern interiors. (Admittedly, “subdued” = there’s greige-ing going on here. Greige kind of = Sherlock Holmes = old timey cold overcast rainy Jack the Ripper Victorian Britain, of course. But lest I hijack my own pammy-positive post with another greige rant, let me continue….)

plaid wool carpetWool carpeting is warm… derived from a renewable resource (sheep)… and has a lovely sheen. It’s gonna cost you some serious money, though. This is carpeting that you’ll want to stay in the family for a long time.

flooring for a 1950s attic renovationBack in the day, Armstrong made vinyl sheet flooring in plaid patterns including the one above. This is my dream attic. I have kept this image in mind for years if I ever where to refinish my attic. I love how bunk beds are tucked into the wall beneath the gable, the knotty pine paneling, the visible brick chimney. Note the Monstera Deliciosa. You can still get chairs like this from Pier One. I don’t think I’ll ever spend the money to expand into the attic — we have enough space. But if we did, the Axminster plaid wool carpet + knotty pine paneling could well be anchor points. My other if-I-win-the-Lotto choice for an attic wall-to-wall carpet … available in a much livelier palette … would be Capel, which also has a few styles of woven wool carpeting that you can indeed order in wall-to-wall. What a cozy attic floor that would be!

Link: Natural Plaid wool carpeting from Axminster.

  1. Jen says:

    Ohhh…those plaids are great, especially now that we’ve arrived in the bitter cold season of winter. Brrr. I’ll bet with the ends bound by the carpet shop, they’d make nice rugs, too…

  2. Edward says:

    There is a big difference between Axminster and Wilton carpets. As for being “old fashioned” in narrow width that is just opinion not fact. Narrow width carpets can vary from 60cm (for stairs in France and other European countries) to 70cm, 90cm and 100cm. Wilton carpets are made using wire looms and the pile can be either loom, cut, or various combinations of cut and loop. Their are also Brussels weave wiltons using fine semi-worsted yarns. Classical French patterns have up to 8 frames, which with an experienced textile designer can achieve twice the number of colors using plants.
    Axminster carpets can be woven only in cut pile and in narrowloom production are either made on jacquard looms (as are patterned wiltons), and are normally 27″ or 36″ wide ( 70cm or 90 cm)
    Wiltons have yarn buried beneath the surface and Axminsters have yarn only on the surface. Axminsters are also made on “Spool Looms” which can limit design repeats of up to 36″ (for practical reasons only) but can have almost unlimited number of colors in the pattern.
    England and France tend to have the last vestige of narrow weaving, but there is some weaving still done in the USA.

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