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Thursday, 9 August 2018

Carpets in Europe: An in Depth Analysis



People living in Europe have developed quite a taste for carpet from having a luxury hand-woven carpet to the carpets that are used for floor covering. This industry has flourished in quite a decade. From the elegant wooden floors and intricately designed tiles to the diversion of having full coverage carpets, people of England have been known for decorating their homes at quite a level. Today there is a high demand of carpets than hard floors as compared to the demand of a few last years.



Whether it be the royal family or just normal person carpets have become a part of our lives. Now England has a large scale manufactures to meet the demand of the people. Every person desires a different visual then their neighbors and this competition has risen at this level that we have a carpet for every single room. The soft to touch version for the bedroom, vivid colored and highly textured for the living rooms and finally the ones that are smooth and widely used as floor coverings.

The industry has divided itself into two sections one being the luxury high end carpets mainly hand woven, the one that are used by all others or we can say cheap carpets. This solely doesn’t mean that the quality falls when the prices are down, it’s just a line that has been created to separate the ones that are made with hand and those that are manufactured by machines. Twists and turns the terminology used by the manufactures claims that the more the twists the more intricate the design would be.

Let’s us now talk about the variety that is widely available and easily accessible in Europe are the synthetic made carpets mostly made out of nylon 6,6, nylon6 and polyester. Most of the time its nylon because of the feels it gives resembles to the wool in addition to that it has properties of dust and stain resistance, about which most European are concerned. Making it amongst the top selling carpet fibers. In few years there has been seen the huge trend of using environment friendly products to save the world we live in so people have diverted their interest in even ecofriendly fibers to create elegant designs that are safe and way far from those harsh chemicals that are welcomed at our home and are highly neglected. To tackle this scenario many manufactures have introduced other fibers that are converted into yarn for carpet making. Those include seagrass which gives a kind of thick texture can be used according to preference. Then there is this fiber thread named Abaca a natural fiber that has a strong durability then others and yes its environment-friendly. Because of its subtle color it can me mixed with others easily. Then comes the fiber from the plants itself we are talking about the coconut thread fiber. Like Abaca it has features to stay longer and not to lose it aura. Then comes the bamboo shoot fiber this one’s for the bathroom mats as it has the properties to soak in moisture easily these can also be used as door mats. All of these used in either ways have a good impact on our environment as they are away from the chemicals.

The design of carpets in Europe shows which country they were made in. Spain, France, UK and Ireland have their own design based on their historical background. The wars, the architecture and there legacy from each country have inspired the designers to have their specific patterns. Historically, in 11th century, the oriental carpets made their way to Europe following Crusaders. Until the 18th century, carpets were widely used as wall decorations or tables. The Kings and royal families were fond of making there caricatures over the carpet as a symbol or pride. Each country have their own way to weave the carpets. The French started their production of handmade carpets in around 16th Century as a directive from King Henry the VI. They kept their production in line with Turkish weaving of woven with symmetrical knots. The English also started there weaving by 16th Century however they were inspired by Indo-Asian carpets and Anatolians, however, they also used symmetrical knots. Spain dates way back then French and English, by 10th Century and they tool there inspiration from Moorish Muslims who introduced them to the art of weaving carpets. They often used motifs such as Christians Symbols which shows there closeness towards the religion.  The Irish were a bit late by the start of 19th Century, when immigrants from Scotland mainly by the name of Alexander Morton, started his carpet manufacturing by the Irish West Cost. The primary design they followed were from Afghan Origin. With the passage of time, the number of carpet manufacturing units in Europe have decreased however wherever they are weaved, they are of high quality and lucrative price.


The carpet market in Europe is evaluated around 670 Million Square Meter and it is growing yearly. The trend not only is of using carpet on the floor, like medieval era the carpets are also used as decoration pieces such as a wall hanging or table covers. Many high end families in Europe make sure they have one of the world’s best carpets available at their disposal, the commercial sector is also stepping up utilizing the usage of carpets. The aviation sector which is now a major industry in Europe, spends a huge sum on carpeting the aircrafts providing a next level of comfort to their customers. The Eco-Friendly carpet is also stepping in where the material used to weave carpets are recyclable. Residential across Europe accounts for more than 60% in total share of Carpet industry. Germany being the fore runner in European Carpet Sector, contributed alone 25 % in terms of volume. Top carpet manufactures as of now in European market are Egetapper A/S, Royal Carpet SA, Ibrahim Tekin, Radici Pietro Industries & Brands S.p.A. and Balta Group. With more benefits the business community sees in the carpet industry, many players are stepping in to this industry to benefit the market and themselves. 

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