If you had to think of a word associated with carpet you’d probably think of Axminster! Axminster is both the name of the carpet manufacturer and the method of production. It means that the pile of the carpet is woven through the backing, unlike modern tufted carpets where the pile is bonded to the backing. The name derives from the Devon town of Axminster, where the carpets were first manufactured over 250 years ago. Axminster carpets are usually patterned and manufactured from 80% wool and 20% nylon. They represent the top end of carpet manufacturing in the UK. Direct Carpet Co have a huge selection of Axminsters from many manufacturers.