• 1600s
  • 1699

    William III grants charter to Clothiers and Weavers of Wilton.

  • 1700s
  • Early 1700s

    A Flemish Huguenot weaver flees the Low Countries and invents the Wilton weaving process in Wilton. The first weaving shed is set up in what is now one of the oldest industrial sites in the world.

  • 1800s
  • 1835

    Less than 100 miles from Wilton is another world famous name in carpet weaving - Axminster. In 1835 the original factory suffered a calamitous fire which stopped all production. The then owners of Wilton acquired all the machinery from that site and commenced the weaving of axminster carpeting. To this day the majority of the production made by Wilton Carpets is actually axminster weave.

  • 1851

    Carpets made for Queen Victoria shown at Great Exhibition.

  • 1900s
  • 1908

    Visit by King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra.

  • 1939-45

    Carpet making ceases in order to support the war effort, making camouflage, kitbags and tarpaulins.

  • 1957

    New weaving shed built to house new Gripper Axminster Looms.

  • 1958

    Axminster carpet produced for Guildford Cathedral.

  • Early 1990s

    After several changes of ownership, the company was run down when it was purchased by an American group.

  • 1995

    The company was taken into British private ownership, with much needed investment and direction, enabling The Wilton Carpet Factory Ltd to develop into a company designing and weaving commercial carpets for hospitality and leisure sector installations in 30 countries, including Canada and the USA.

  • 2000s
  • 2011

    Several ranges of commercial tufted carpet launched to complement axminster and wilton weave carpets.

  • 2014

    Investments made in new tufting machinery. The Wilton factory is busier than ever.

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