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Adam Carpets Timeline

1869 Mr. Adam and Mr. Tomkinson join together to manufacture carpet
1926 Adam Carpets is formed on the current site in Kidderminster
1979 Adam cease making woven Axminster and start tufting carpet
1991 Fine Worcester Twist is first produced
1992 Adam Carpets is first UK manufacturer to produce and stock its own broadlooom ranges in 5 metre width
1997 Kasbah Twist is launched
1999 Overtufted, patterned, wool tufted carpet is produced for the first time
2002 Adam Carpets purchase Servo Loop machine to produce Natural Perceptions
2003 Adam Carpets starts to use its own vehicles to deliver to customers
2007 Mr. Chris Adam succeeds his father Mr. David Adam as Managing Director and becomes fourth generation of family to run Adam Carpets
2010 Adam Carpets purchase new high speed tufting machine for even better production of Fine Worcester Twist
2012 Adam Carpets launch new branding and logo
2013 Artistry range wins Silver Award in Best Carpet Category at House Beautiful Awards
2014 Adam Carpets win Outstanding performance award in Interiors Monthly magazine
2014 Adam Carpets look to the long term future after six figure sum investment in two new boilers for on site dye house
2015 Hugo & Ella collection launched to critical acclaim as part of Fine Worcester Twist
2015 Adam Carpets win Best UK Flooring Manufacturer at Interior Monthly magazine awards
2016 Fine Worcester Twist celebrates 25 years in production
2017 Castlemead Twist becomes the first 2-ply carpet to receive Platinum certification from British Wool


The History of Adam Carpets

In the 1860s a number of carpet companies began to weave to meet the demand for carpet from fast-growing cities in the UK. Among them were Tomkinson and Adam, two families which joined together in Kidderminster and began weaving, first Chenille and then Spool Axminster.


This partnership lasted until 1926, when the Adam family left the partnership and built a new factory a mile away, again making Spool Axminster patterned carpet.


By the end of the 1970s, the growth in tufted production and sales had impacted on carpet weavers, so Adam Carpets moved into tufting and eventually closed the weaving side of their business.
The tufting was successful, led by colour, design, style and quality, and the company grew whilst serving both the retail and the commercial sectors. With its own dye house on the same site, special colours for Contract projects were immediately available, and this continues today.


In 1991, Adam Carpets launched Fine Worcester Twist. This product was made to the highest specification for a domestic twist and it has since become almost as well-known in the trade as Adam Carpets itself. Fine Worcester Twist is regarded by many in the trade as the finest Twist pile carpet available.
The nineties continued to see Adam Carpets push the boundaries of carpet manufacturing.


In 1992, they opened a new 5 metre wide backing plant, whilst at the same time extending the width on their tufting machines. The result was that Adam Carpets became the first UK manufacturer to produce and stock its own ranges in 5 metre wide carpet. Fewer joins in fewer customers’ rooms!


Adam Carpets wanted to push the boundaries further in terms of high quality carpet manufacture and products that were attractive to consumers. Kasbah Twist was introduced and immediately became an instant success. Its unique 5/32 gauge gave it a look and feel that no one else could match. Kasbah Twist remains highly successful today, once again proving Adam Carpets knack for producing carpets with style and longevity.


During 1999, Adam Carpets bought an overtuft machine which increased their reputation as innovators within the industry. They were able to make a plain ground carpet and then send it through the overtuft machine, where a pattern was tufted into the plain ground. Adam Carpets were now able to offer a high quality wool patterned carpet at a price that was in reach of everyone. That first range was Inspirations and it is still made today.


In 2002, another new machine was purchased. This time is was a new style loop machine that ran with Servo motors. This enabled the carpet to have different pile heights across the width, over 100 in fact. This was the only machine of its type within the northern hemisphere. Natural Perceptions was the first range produced and it remains unique to this day.


Adam Carpets is well known for its quality products and serves the mid to upper sector of the market. It’s strapline of Colour, Quality and Style certainly reflects the company ethos, as its main lines can offer up to 65 colours, it predominantly uses 80/20 wool/nylon blends in its ranges and it’s ranges have accumulated many awards and accolades over the years. At that time, the range “Boulevard” was shortlisted for Best Carpet at the 2011 House Beautiful Awards.The factory where all Adam Carpets products are made has modern, high quality manufacturing equipment. Many of the carpets are delivered on their own vehicles direct to retail and commercial customers in England, Scotland and Wales.


Adam Carpets introduce a new logo, corporate colour and website to keep ahead of the competition. New colours are launched in Castlemead Twist and Castlemead Velvet Stripe. Catherine becomes the companies fourth overtuft range and becomes an instant success story including being nominated for Best Carpet by House Beautiful.


The long term future of the company is in mind as Adam Carpets invest heavily in two new boilers for its on site dye house, plus new delivery vehicles and new beaming machine for the factory. New ranges are launched -“Artistry” and “Marquette Plaid”.


The ‘Hugo & Ella’ collection are launched into the Fine Worcester range to critical acclaim by the trade press. This new way of marketing carpets takes the industry by storm and leads to many similar campaigns. Adam Carpets remain ahead of the game and competition and the new collection receives he ultimate interiors compliment as Pantone announce their ‘colours of the year 2016’ten months after the launch of Hugo & Ella and are very similar in shade.


Adam Carpets iconic twist range, Fine Worcester, celebrates its 25th anniversary. As popular today as ever, this wonderful range is often described by customers as the benchmark by which all others are measured.


The tradition of family ownership and management continues to this day, with the fourth generation Chris Adam, Managing Director.The continuity of traditional family values coupled with modern machinery and high quality raw materials provides customers with high quality and good value carpet – a standard which Adam Carpets are determined to maintain for the long term.