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  • An Axminster carpet fit for village life at The Crown Inn

    Daniel Fountain
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    A semi-bespoke carpet creation from Axminster Carpets’ new Ready to Weave collection now adorns the main bar and restaurant area of The Crown Inn in Horsted Keynes, West Sussex.The 14th Century inn situated on the pretty village green, The Crown has recently been completely refurbished after storm damage several years ago and has been returned to its former glory to once again be the centre of village life.

    The new landlord of this village institution chose a design from the Ready to Weave collection, and married this with three shades from the 16 strong colourbank. Axminster Carpets produced the two shortlisted colourways into trial samples and from here, the final carpet was chosen.

    Produced on Axminster Carpets’ Super 8 pitch looms, Ready to Weave carpets are available in seven different specifications and the owners of The Crown Inn went for a heavy duty 49oz/ yd2 weight to ensure that the new carpet will withstand the expected levels of foot fall from villagers and visitors enjoying the new surroundings.

    The Crown Inn, owner, Steve McArthur said: “Before embarking on the rather huge undertaking of the complete restoration of The Crown Inn, I had worked with Axminster Carpets on our 33 room luxury hotel, The Ravenswood, and so I knew that it was a company that could meet my expectations for the floor of the bar and restaurant, helping me to create a warm and friendly atmosphere for our latest project.

    “As before, my contact at Axminster Carpets proved helpful and friendly, making the whole process a pleasure. I particularly liked the Ready to Weave concept that let me put my own touch on the carpet, making the specification feel that little bit more personal. As you would expect, I am delighted with the finished article and wouldn’t hesitate in using Axminster Carpets again.”

    Made in Britain from 80 per cent wool and 20 per cent nylon yarns from Axminster Carpets’ spinning and dyeing mill, Ready to Weave has one of the lowest carbon footprints of semi-bespoke carpets within the UK.

    With 3.66m and 0.91m widths available to minimise waste and seams within the often intricate layout of establishments such as The Crown Inn, the Ready to Weave carpet was delivered on-site just four weeks after the acceptance of the sample.

    Daniel Fountain / 11.01.2010

    Editor, Hotel Designs

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