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Brintons Carpets

The Flooring Group has long had a successful partnership with Brintons Carpets, who below explain their products to our flooring customers;

History

Brintons began manufacturing carpet in Kidderminster in 1783 and there have been many notable milestones; from pioneering the 80% wool/20% nylon blend to celebrating the Queen’s diamond jubilee, here are just a few of them…

Brintons promise

All our carpets are made to consistent quality standards and we are confident you will be delighted with your purchase.

In the unlikely event that you have a complaint as a result of a manufacturing fault, we guarantee to rectify or replace the carpet to ensure your total satisfaction.

Fleece to floor – British wool carpet

The highest standards of materials and processes are used to create the finest wool carpets.

We’re passionate about the products we make and the quality we insist upon has been central to Brintons since 1783. To achieve the beautiful, durable carpets we’re known for we control every stage of production and source premium quality materials. 

Wool is the ultimate sustainable choice for flooring. It insulates your home, it’s easily recyclable and biodegradable, plus shearing sheep is essential for their welfare. Back in the 50s, we invented the ‘Brintons Blend’, which combines 80% wool with 20% nylon for the perfect combination of softness and durability. We still use this blend today because it has all the beauty of wool, in a much longer-lasting form.

“The wool from 1 in 9 British sheep ends up in a Brintons carpet!”
Tim Booth – British Wool Marketing Board

Brintons is actually British wool’s single biggest user and we are also proud to be associated with the Campaign for Wool.  This is a global endeavour initiated by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, in order to raise awareness amongst consumers about the unique, natural and sustainable benefits offered by wool.

After selecting only the best wool, we spin and dye the yarn to our stringent specifications, and then assign the correct colours to the loom. We design and build all our own looms too so by completely controlling the manufacturing process we can use all our experience and knowledge to mix the best-quality raw materials in the perfect blend. We know woven carpets are the best so we manufacture two constructions – Wilton, which is great for textured plains and Axminster, which creates superior pattern definition. For a patterned carpet the loom picks up the yarn as it needs each colour, and weaves it into a design line by line. Regardless of pattern or plain every metre of Brintons carpet is inspected by eye twice, and finished by hand before it leaves the factory.

Environmental

The true meaning of sustainability is that a product meets our needs today without depleting the world’s resources for future generations, and in that respect wool-rich carpet is a great choice.

Wool is by far the largest component of a Brintons carpet, being a natural renewable product, sourced from sheep which are “fuelled by grass” in some of the most beautiful countryside in the world.

In recognition of its sustainability credentials, a Brintons carpet contributes positively to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification criteria. It also meets the stringent standards of the Carpet and Rug Institute Green Label Plus programme, contributing to a healthy indoor environment.

Our long-term strategy ensures we continue to support our employees, communities and of course the sheep!

“Naturally Spotless Wool” – WoolSafe Guest Blog

There is a perception among some consumers that wool is a somewhat delicate fibre, easily damaged and stained. Perhaps this is fuelled by those labels on clothing that say wash with care and hand wash only? However, this does not apply to wool carpet! Wool fibre used in the manufacture of carpet comes mainly from Britain and New Zealand and is incredibly tough. This hard-wearing and resilient fibre has great ‘bouncebackability’ and is quite different from the softer and finer Australian Merino wool that is predominantly used in clothing.

You only need to see the sheep out in the fields, roaming the moors day and night in all weather conditions to see how tough wool is. The wool is battered by wind, rain, hail and snow so needs to be very resilient and have natural water repellency to keep the wet and cold away from the skin and the sheep warm and snug.

It is this natural water repellency that gives wool carpet owners the time to blot up a spill before it soaks into the carpet. Unfortunately, all too often carpet owners panic, grab the first detergent they can find under the sink and scrub the living daylights out of the spot! This can cause serious pile distortion and permanent damage to the carpet.

So what should you do if you spill red wine on a wool carpet?

Be prepared – Accidents happen no matter how careful you are, so it’s best to be prepared. It’s no good waiting until you have a spill before speeding to the shops to look for a carpet cleaning product. All that time you are rushing round the supermarket looking for a WoolSafe Approved spotter the spill is slowly sinking into the carpet and penetrating the fibres. So, make sure you always have to hand a clean white towel or kitchen roll and a bottle of spot remover suitable for use on wool (no bleach, optical brighteners, sticky residues, etc.) if in doubt, look for the WoolSafe certification mark on the bottle.

Follow the correct advice – There is a lot of really poor spot removal advice out there on the internet, ranging from the ‘old wives tales’ like pouring white wine onto red wine (wasteful and leaves a sticky residue) to the downright dangerous including using petrol! (I mean, what could possibly go wrong?) or other ill-advised chemical cocktails!

Instead, download the WoolSafe Carpet Stain Removal Guide App. It’s free and tells you step by step how to simply remove most common household spills.

It is easy to keep your wool carpet spotless by following these simple tips:

1. Blot up the spill immediately using kitchen roll and keep blotting until there is no more transfer onto the tissue. Then put a few layers on top of the spill and stand on it.
2. Apply the spot remover to a white towel or kitchen roll and dab. Do not scrub! Do not spray the spot remover directly on to the stain as you are likely to over-apply the product and will only succeed in spreading the stain.
3. Blot again.
4. Rinse by lightly spraying the area with water and blotting.
5. If it was a large spill, place layers of tissue paper on the treated area and then a plastic bag with a heavy book on top. This will draw any remaining spill into the tissue rather than drying on the tips of the fibre.

If you would like to see the above technique in action you can watch a series of one-minute videos we made to help you. They show how to successfully remove common spills like red wine, coffee, orange juice and beans on toast from wool carpets. I know these simple steps work because it’s me who got volunteered to be in the videos.

Wool carpets not only have great natural stain resist qualities but they also have the best appearance retention of any fibre. Unlike synthetic fibres, which scratch and abrade over time to become dull and flat, wool, when properly maintained, can look great almost indefinitely.

Brintons Wins Best Flooring Brand 2015

Brintons has been named ‘Best Flooring Brand’ by Interiors Monthly magazine for the second year in a row!

The criteria Interiors Monthly used to decide the winner incorporates everything from service levels, product quality, product development, through to innovation. We are delighted that this award acknowledges the company’s total service package.

Interiors Monthly is a design led trade magazine sent to furniture and flooring retailers, incorporating high quality features, news, views, and worldwide exhibition previews and reviews. Delivering the latest products and company profiles to inspire, inform and improve UK interiors retailing.

Brintons carpets – built to last

We’re passionate about the carpets we make and the quality we insist upon has been central to Brintons since 1783. To achieve the beautiful, durable carpets we’re known for we control every stage of production and source premium quality materials, including a high content of British wool.

Although we know our products are great it’s so lovely to hear from someone who has experienced our carpets first hand over more than one generation of family. When the Held family were looking to move house recently they got in touch to tell us about their Regina carpet:

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“As far as we can recall, this carpet was bought by my wife’s grandmother in the early 1960’s to furnish a room in Hook, Hampshire. It was then moved to our current house in Milton Keynes in 1964 and has been on the Lounge floor ever since. On lifting it we were interested to find the original label underneath (Brintons ‘Regina’).  We plan to move into a smaller property soon but were pleased to note your long history in the industry. It has worn very well so we have saved a small 4’x2′ section as something of interest to the family.”

We thought this was a really nice story to share and it demonstrates how a Brintons carpet is a considered investment for your home. Although we don’t make this particular design any more the Regina range is still going strong today!

Christmas in July

We know the weather outside has been lovely and the last thing on most people’s minds is a turkey dinner but July is the month when the press start to look at their end of year editions so everyone starts to preview their newest and greatest products ready for the Christmas period.

Interiors is no different and so this week we were treated to a lovely photoshoot with Megan Taylor Photography and the 2 Lovely Gays to get us into the festive spirit!

Here’s a few sneak peeks from behind the scenes but you can keep up to date with everything that’s going on for A/W 2015 by taking a look at our Social Media feeds.

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Timorous Beasties Midnight Grain du Bois getting ready for a magical lounge shot

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Timorous Beasties Ruby Atholl Gardens setting the regal festive scene in the drawing room – (Russell made a great photographers assistant making sure the light was maximised!)

Brintons meets the 2 Lovely Gays and Emilio Pimental-Reid

A few weeks ago our savvy followers might remember a Facebook and Twitter feed full of comments about Clerkenwell Design Week and all the fun we were having at the event.

Clerkenwell Design Week is a showcase of leading UK and international brands and companies presented in a series of showroom events, pop-up exhibitions and special installations that take place across the Clerkenwell area. As part of our contribution we opened our London Design Centre to the public and held a number of talks about interior trends and ways of working with design.

The 2 Lovely Gays were interviewed by Emilio Pimental-Reid to discuss bespoke interiors as an expression of who you are and how the home can be a place for growth and happiness. The talk focused on how to give people confidence by bridging the gap between the consumer and the interiors industry through collaborating with Brintons, and giving a platform for rising talents to create spaces that truly inspire.

If you didn’t manage to make the talks then some of the highlights are available to view here including some exclusive factory and archive footage.

Brintons collaboration with Birmingham City University showcased at May Design Series

May Design Series is seen as the UK’s definitive international furnishings fair and interior design show.

As part of the Trends exhibition, students created a range of new designs inspired by two Spring/Summer 2016 trend forecasts by Global Color Research™: ‘Brink’ and ‘Tropic’. The project provides new inspiration and demonstrates how trends can be applied from original design thinking through to end product, it also allowed students to create a unique portfolio of ideas from which to convey their employment potential.

Birmingham City University showcased their final year student’s work at this year’s show and collaborated with Brintons to create a sample rug based on an original design. The rug was manufactured using Brintons revolutionary 32-colour High Definition looms. The stunning botanical design was created in response to the “Tropic” trend and has an all-over leaf design as seen here:

Global Color Research™ named Constructed Textiles student Amy Newman as the design Trends projects winner at the show due to the vibrant interpretation of the brief.

About the Trends:
BRINK
On the verge of something new and unknown, Brink looks to the past for conformity and reassurance, referencing classicism, the ultimate in ordered architecture, and currency as a physical expression of security. This trend is about craving for control, to be grounded in the face of global financial turbulence where it is constantly a case of survival of the fittest. A change is coming and so Brink delves in to our archive to evoke a sense of uncertainty. This is a trend on the edge, balanced by a thoughtful and reassuring colour palette.

TROPIC
New discoveries are found at every turn in this nocturnal visit to a tropical garden. As its name suggests, Tropic takes heed of the region of earth surrounding the Equator; South America, Central Africa and South East Asia are all key references, but far from simply offering a literal influence, they suggest an energy, passion and optimism that celebrates the interaction of contrasting colours. There is a definite feeling of sanctuary and escapism in Tropic, where we hide within a dark cocooning environment yet find joy and comfort in pops of hot colour that are considered energetic.

Brintons to exhibit at the Birmingham Made Me Expo 2015

We are pleased to announce that will be exhibiting at the Birmingham Made Me Design Expo to be held 15th – 19th June at Millennium Point, Birmingham. Running for its third year, this celebration of design and innovation includes interactive features, exhibitions and seminars from celebrated manufacturers and designers supported by a wealth of new talent showcasing innovations for the future. Birmingham Made Me is the Midland’s most important annual celebration of the design-led manufacturing capabilities and achievements originating in the region.

Celebrate Clerkenwell Design Week with Brintons

Clerkenwell Design week is at the heart of the UK’s design industry and we are proud to be a showroom partner for this event, hosting a range of talks at our London Design Centre. We can now reveal our exciting schedule for the week, and are inviting design savvy visitors to come and visit us at our London Design Centre on the 19th to 21st May:

Events Schedule
19th May – 12pm – Designing for Woven Axminster Carpets – RIBA Accredited CPD Presentation
Visitors can explore the key aspects of designing for Axminster carpet production at the RIBA Accredited CPD Presentation, which will feature everything from the initial brief through the design process to installation, designing for Electronic Jacquard and how this can be used to produce complex multi-part, large-scale floorscapes in a variety of interiors. The history of Axminster and advances in technology will also be explored.

The talk will display how Brintons are continuing to challenge conventional design rules and promote a new way of thinking about how carpet is used in an interior space.

20th May – 12pm – “The Bespoke Interior” with the 2 Lovely Gays

Interior designers the 2 Lovely Gays discuss bespoke interiors as an expression of who you are and how it can be a place for growth and happiness. The talk will focus on how to give people confidence by bridging the gap between the consumer and the interiors industry through collaborating with Brintons, and giving a platform for rising talents to create spaces that truly inspire.

A question and answer session will follow with interiors stylist and editor Emilio Pimentel-Reid, placing a spotlight on design with the 2 Lovely Gays, discussing all that is current in the interiors and design world today.

There will also be the opportunity for audience members to ask questions and be part of the discussion.

21st May – 6.30pm – Exploring the archives with Talib Choudhry and Yvonne Smith

Interiors Editor of the Telegraph Magazine and Editor-at-Large at Elle Decoration, Talib Choudhry talks to Brintons’ archivist Yvonne Smith about the relevance of historic archives in design, and how historical research helps to build fresh new collections, layers of meaning and a narrative. Following the talk on the 21st May at 6.30pm will be a drinks reception for a chance to unwind after the event.

Come and join Brintons at the heart of the UK’s design industry and see how we are continuing to challenge conventional design rules and promote a new way of thinking about how carpet is used in an interior space.

Brintons London Design Centre, 1 Sycamore Street, Clerkenwell, London, EC1 Y0SF

Catwalk style for your floors

Tartan has continually preserved it’s popularity in fashion, being regularly used by designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCartney. Even  Chanel used plaids as part of their London Fashion Week S/S show.

The trend for vintage style has grown in popularity for home styling too. Tartan is a pattern that has the power to be both contemporary and traditional, funky yet classic and we have certainly seen it become more desirable in recent years for interiors. The traditional reds, greens and golds give the designs a rich natural quality with an air of modern grandeur.  

Wool is also on trend right now and has the added bonus that it is a fantastic sustainable choice for flooring. It insulates your home, is easily recyclable and biodegradable, plus shearing sheep is essential for their welfare.Our Brintons blend combines 80% wool with 20% nylon meaning that your carpet is both luxurious to touch and hard-wearing for longevity. 

For Spring 2015 we wanted to try something a little different and so have created a plaid series to appeal to urban environments and more subtle home makeovers.Our new City Plaids range gives a fashionable edge to this iconic design. We’ve used inspiration from Welsh Plaids and taken Harris Tweed tones to create a softer series. We think this works as a complimentary alternative to our traditional tartans from the existing Abbotsford andAbbeyglen ranges. Soft antique hues play together with cools blues and soft greys and have been jazzed up with a hint of hot pink.

Joanna Thornhill, Interiors Stylist says “For a touch of Highlands Chic, a plaid carpet gives a bold, grounding look to any space”.  Making a statement with your floor is more popular now than ever and we really see this particular trend continuing over the next few seasons. We hope you like the new City Plaids!

One thing you can be confident in is that plaid never seems to go out of fashion.

Room Makeover Winner

You might remember the exciting room makeover competition we launched last August with Thomas Sanderson and Laura Ashley in which a lucky customer could be in with the chance of winning an amazing £5,000 room makeover.

Over 54,000 entries were received and the lucky winners who were chosen at random was Mr & Mrs Boffy from Ashover, Chesterfield. The couple were delighted to win, and happily shared some new snaps of their home with us.

The makeover began with the fitting of the Thomas Sanderson window shutters, Mrs Boffy chose the beautiful combination of half window shutters in Cotton white and Laura Ashley blinds in Heligan eau de nil to create a stunning layered effect with her existing layered curtains. This was beautifully complemented with our luxurious Bell Twist carpet in Twine to complete the look. To add the finishing touch Mrs Boffy dressed the walls in the classic Kimono eau de nil patterned Laura Ashley wallpaper.

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Mrs Boffy said “Given a once in a lifetime chance for a room makeover, where do you start? I was the lucky winner of the Autumn 2014 prize draw run by Laura Ashley, Brintons  and Thomas Sanderson blinds and shutters.

Choosing a carpet from the Laura Ashley range from the well-known British manufacturer, Brintons, was a bit of a challenge. Such lovely patterns and colours! Eventually a decision was made and our local carpet store arranged delivery and fitting. Another quality product that I expect will last for many years.

I can really say that from start to finish the products and services have been second to none. Nothing has been too much trouble and the end result is better than I imagined it ever could have been.”

We really enjoyed this project and hope you’ll agree that the end results are wonderful. Keep an eye on ourFacebook and Twitter pages for more competitions and interiors inspiration!

50 Years of Bell Twist

This year we are celebrating 50 years of our iconic Bell Twist series. Over the last five decades the original palette of 10 colours has increased to a 60+ strong collection, including on-trend shades of greys, reds, blues and neutrals.

In 1993 Vivienne Westwood transformed Bell Twist carpets into iconic dresses in a campaign with Brintons. Later in 2003, renowned shoe designer Manolo Blahnik ciollaborated with Brintons on ‘The Most Luxurious Carpets in the World’ campaign.

Bell Twist’s unique depth and texture has always helped it bounce back cheerfully from the rigours of everyday life. We continue to use strong wool-rich yarn to create a permanent twist that makes this carpet perfect for any room in the house.

Bell Twist colours pop up in our patterned collections too making it a range that can happily share a house with the boldest damasks, stripes, florals or plaids.

Padstow Collection wins Best Carpet 2014

Brintons are proud to announce that the Padstow carpet collection won gold at the House Beautiful Awards 2014 in the category of ‘Best Carpet’.

Launched in Summer 2014 this modern range was inspired by pop art with patterns such as polka dots, and geometric designs teamed up with a seaside influenced palette. Soft ice-cream shades of blue, pink and spearmint are balanced by subtle greys plus a bright yellow and green.  

The House Beautiful Awards 2014 comprised 23 categories of excellence in home designs, products and retailers, which included a plethora of housewares names. The editor of House Beautiful magazine was joined by an expert panel of judges, including John Rocha, Nick Munro, Vanessa Arbuthnott, Oliver Hrubiak and Clarissa Hulse to decide each category’s gold and silver winners then runners-up. Brintons was extremely honoured to be part of the selection process and delighted that the Padstow collection was chosen as the overall winner of the carpet category. 

Brintons stunning Timorous Beasties carpet featured on the Homes & Antiques stand at Decorex International 2014

Brintons was commissioned by Homes & Antiques magazine to supply the carpet for their stand at Decorex International 2014. The stand is a sumptuous room set overlooking a beautiful garden. 

The chosen carpet is from the Timorous Beasties by Brintons collection, the design Midnight Grain du Bois (9/50158) creates a free flowing weighted pattern, developed from drawings of wood grains, where the colours can blend or contrast with each other depending on where your view point is in the room. 

Decorex is the UK’s premier luxury design and interiors show and is held 21 – 24 September at Syon Park. London.

Visit Brintons at The Flooring Show 2014

Brintons are exhibiting at this year’s Flooring Show in Harrogate (21-23 September).

The Campaign for Wool and British Wool Marketing Board have created a special area entitled the ‘Wool Trends Centre’ in hall C. The centre piece of the Wool Trends Centre features a stunning Homes & Gardens ‘Wool Inspirations’ room-set styled with Brintons Padstow Arcade Houndstooth carpet.

You will also find the Brintons stand within this area. The flooring of the stand is adorned with Noir Ruskin Butterflyfrom the Timorous Beasties Collection by Brintons and samples of our latest collections are also available for you to preview. 

If you are going to the show please visit our stand to learn more about our new range of carpets for 2014. You will find us at stand C25.

Brintons are exhibiting within the ‘Wool Trends Centre’ at The Flooring Show 2014

The Campaign for Wool and British Wool Marketing Board will put on a major celebration of wool carpet at this year’s Flooring Show in Harrogate (21-23 September).

A special area entitled the ‘Wool Trends Centre’ will be supported by the industry’s leading carpet brands including Brintons. As part of the wool promotion Brintons will also be included within a special feature in Homes & Garden magazine. This 8-page special Wool Trends supplement will be given out to each visitor of the show. If you are going to the show please visit our stand to learn more about our new range of carpets for 2014. You will find us at stand C25.

Brintons have been voted Best Flooring Brand 2014 by the furnishing trade magazine Interiors Monthly

Brintons, the world’s leading manufacturer of high quality woven carpets, has been named as ‘Best Flooring Brand’ in the Interiors Monthly Gold Awards 2014.

The criteria Interiors Monthly used to decide the winner incorporates everything from service levels, product quality, product development, through to innovation. Brintons were also the proud recipients of the ‘Best Customer Service Award for Flooring in 2013’.

Brintons is delighted that this award acknowledges the company’s total service package from the on-going investment into High Definition Weave technology; new design collections and customer focus.

Interiors Monthly is a design led trade magazine sent to furniture and flooring retailers, incorporating high quality features, news, views, and worldwide exhibition previews and reviews. Delivering the latest products and company profiles to inspire, inform and improve UK interiors retailing.

Brintons launch Brinfelt, our latest development in eco-friendly carpet underlay

To complement our extensive range of carpets, we now offer our own underlay. Actively working to improve our environmental performance and reduce our impact on the environment, a major initiative being undertaken is to recycle both process waste and finished carpet at the end of its life. Good progress is being made, with all textile waste streams now having recycling outlets, thus reducing volumes going to landfill.

Brinfelt underlay provides the right balance between underfoot comfort and support to your carpet. Perfect to use throughout the home, it performs well on halls, stairs and other high traffic areas. Due to its composition, it is excellent for sound insulation and retaining heat in a room. Manufactured using our recycled yarn and thread waste, and the rubber crumb from recycled tyres, Brinfelt is not only good for your carpet, but also kind on the environment. We recommend Brinfelt for all of our carpets, because together ‘Quality is in the Combination’.

New Padstow Collection

Brintons launch their brand new Padstow carpet collection for summer 2014.
Fresh, modern and flexible, with patterns inspired by pop art in polka dots and geometrics and a palette influenced by the seaside, in soft ice-cream shades of blue, pink and spearmint, balanced by subtle greys.
Making a bolder statement, one Padstow pattern, a pin dot, also comes in a shade inspired by Pantone’s colour of the year – Radiant Orchid – plus a bright yellow and green.

These chic playful patterns create an uplifting mood and the variety of colours allow the designs to work in any room of the house, from living rooms to a child’s bedroom. 

Brintons carpets are at the centre of new House of Fraser carpet concession across the UK

Brintons have joined forces with House of Fraser to be at the centre of their brand new carpet concession.

The popular Bell Twist, True Velvet and Padstow collections will take pride of place on House of Fraser walls in thirty one stores across the UK. Four lecterns will feature seven ranges including the Llewlyn-Bowen collection, the Laura Ashley collection, Renaissance and Renaissance Classics, Abbotsford and Abbeyglen and the Pure Living collection. Brintons’ brand new Beauty by Design brochure will also be available in all stores. The rollout started on 28th April and with installations already complete in Leeds, Leamington Spa, Edinburgh and Birmingham, concessions will be complete nationwide by the 21st July. 

Brintons featured in Good Housekeeping ‘Live in Colour’ photoshoot

Brintons are delighted to be part of this month’s Good Housekeeping feature called ‘Live in Colour’ .  Featuring Macinnes from our Abbotsford range and the Matisse Mimosa Red rug, the shoot takes the bold step of painting models to match the designs of the floor.  View the ‘behind the scenes’ footage here. 

Brintons brochure photo shoot: Behind the scenes video

Earlier this year the Brintons team went on location in London for a photoshoot session with both new products and existing favourites including our award winning rugs.

We have now released a behind the scenes video showing the preparation that took place for the photoshoot. 

New Laura Ashley designs for 2014

Inspired by the elements of style that are synonymous with the Laura Ashley brand, Brintons’ exclusive Laura Ashley collection is a stunning range of patterned and plain carpets with a signature look.

The designs creatively and sensitively combine forms and references from modernist to heritage. While the inspirational colour handling from neutrals to colour soft accents give an easy palette to decorate to.

Based on a visit to the extensive Laura Ashley archive – designs, sketches and fabric swatches were explored, selected and translated in to carpet, including a fabulous devore velvet. This collection consists of twelve broadlooms and four runners.

Brintons launch the Timorous Beasties by Brintons carpet collection

Brintons Carpets have joined forces with Timorous Beasties, the award winning Glaswegian design house, to create a beautiful and dramatic range of broadloom carpets. 

Noted for their surreal and provocative textiles and wallpapers, Timorous Beasties challenge traditional conventions with their use of heavily illustrative insects, plants, birds and butterflies, wood grain and leaves. Inspired by popular Timorous Beasties designs, the collection is a mixture of large scale elegant designs.

The designs in this collection work with a larger scale and the avoidance of symmetry, favouring balance through composition to create a more individual interior. From the dense use of solid geometric texture and floral shapes of Linen Damask (shown top right) to the gentle meandering sprawl of the Ruskin Butterfly (shown bottom left), with its delicate organic background texture.

The Grain du Bois creates a free flowing weighted pattern, developed from drawings of wood grains, where the colours can blend or contrast with each other depending on where your view point is in the room. Botanical, plays with large scale floral motifs broken up by a look of transparency, a layered effect derived from ways of over printing with hand screens to build up a more complex image from a simple design. Atholl Gardens, is the combining of birds perching on a garden gate, where nature blends with ornate man-made, creating a more interesting silhouette.

This latest collection of designs is a bold statement of design intent and adds to Brintons and Timorous Beasties’ previous collaborations. 

Homes & Gardens Designer Awards 2014 – the results Young Designer Award sponsored by Brintons revealed

Brintons, are excited to reveal Lindsey Lang as the winner of the Homes & Gardens Young Designer Award! The award, sponsored by Brintons – was revealed at last night’s event at the British Museum.

Trained as a fine artist and inspired by her experience in colour theory, graphic design and illustration, Lindsey Lang specialises in kitchenware and interior accessories. Her aim is to create high-quality functional products that are truly original works of art for the home.

‘We particularly liked the artisan feel of Lindsey’s products. Her tiles for example, combine crisp, modern colours with a traditional manufacturing process that Lindsey has helped to revive. It is that attention to detail, that focus on producing the best quality you can that we admired.’ Don Coates, Managing Director, Brintons 

Speaking after the awards ceremony last night, Don also commented; ‘We were thrilled to sponsor this year’s Young Designer category. Fresh ideas and insights, coupled with new innovations in technology are essential for our design led industry. We work with universities and art colleges around the world offering graduate placements and an apprenticeship scheme as we are passionate about playing our part in nurturing young talent.’ 

Cristian Zuzunaga ‘Deep Grid’ rug for Brintons wins The Wallpaper* Design Award 2014

The results of the design world’s highest-ranking honours, The Wallpaper* Design Awards 2014 have been released and Brintons are proud to announce that they have won The Best Pixelation Award for the ‘Deep Grid’ rug, from their Cristian Zuzunaga designer rugs collection.

Woven with pioneering High Definition Weave Technology that allows Brintons to weave up to 33 colours with ultra-precise clarity, this striking rug is a collaboration between Brintons and international design studio Zuzunaga . Formed by artist and designer Cristian Zuzunaga, the studio specialises in unique, colourful interior projects, textiles and fashion accessories.

When visiting the Brintons design archive, Cristian was captivated by similarities to his own design principles – squared, pixel based designs, brightly coloured palettes of contrasting colours evident in weaving and wool dying dating back centuries.

“Brintons are delighted that the Zuzunaga by Brintons ‘Deep Grid’ rug has won a prestigious Wallpaper* Design Award for 2014. This dynamic floor piece combines Zuzunaga’s unique innovative design style with Brintons’ state of the art multicolour weaving technology. It is the first offering of an exciting collaboration between one of interiors freshest design houses with one of the world’s oldest carpet and rug weavers.” Don Coates, MD of Brintons.

Beautiful carpet is back! – but we already knew that…

An article featured in The Times recently declaring ‘move over, wood – carpet is back’. The focus of the piece, aside from confirming what we at Brintons have been proclaiming for years, was that as technology has advanced, it has enabled carpet and rug production to become even more specialised.

Consequently bolder, high colouration designs are becoming increasingly prevalent as consumers who have become tired of cold, unwelcoming hard flooring are seeking out luxurious, statement pieces. Patterns and exciting uses of colour are key as consumers take an even greater interest in personalising their living space.

It’s great to be right isn’t it?

Brintons amazing ‘parquet’ carpet on Homes & Gardens stand at Decorex International 2013

Brintons was commissioned by Louisa Grey to create a bespoke ‘parquet’ carpet for the Homes & Gardens stand at Decorex International 2013.

The carpet was designed from an original parquet image and woven on Brintons high definition loom.

Louisa Grey tells us the story behind this inspiring project: I was asked by Homes & Garden Magazine to creatively design the Homes & Garden stand for Decorex. This was to show the winners of the Homes & Garden fabric and wallpaper awards for 2013. This year it was held at Kensington Palace so it needed to stand alone.

I wanted to display the designs differently to fill the space and make it a visual space. I have worked with Brintons for a number of years and worked on their stand for The Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace so I was familiar with high definition process and the amazing results it produced.

This was a purely conceptual stand and did not need to be realistic. As it was looking to Spring/Summer 2014 I wanted it to feel fresh and uplifting and challenge the consumers approach.

I had a varied mix of fabrics and wallpaper to work with and I wanted it to feel eclectic hence the concept for summer travel. I commissioned The Makerie, a paper studio, to design the paper car and use the fabrics and wallpapers to make the paper suitcases which where covered in the various designs. The parasols where made using Fultons umbrella structures with James Ince umbrellas constructing them and I was so thrilled with the overall look and how clear you could see the designs.

The carpet design came to fruition as I wanted to emulate comfort and not distract too much from the Home element of the stand, knowing the breadth of the high definition pioneering weaving technique that Brintons have created I decided they were the perfect company to approach. They kindly worked with me to develop the best look and colour for the parquet flooring which I wanted to emulate as a light grey Scandinavian floor, this was created and such a success.

Brintons’ Upcoming Design Collaboration Previewed at Design Junction – Zuzunaga Designer Rugs by Brintons

Part of the London Design Festival 2013, last night we attended the Design Junction press preview to see our upcoming rug design collaboration with Cristian Zuzunaga being previewed for the very first time.

The electric buzz for real design could be felt around the room. Zuzunaga and Brintons are part of a powerful line-up of renowned international brands, smaller cutting-edge labels, pop-up shops, large-scale installations, eateries, flash factories, seminars and screenings, presented over the next few days.

Zuzunaga is a highly respected international design studio specialising in unique, colourful interior projects, textiles and fashion accessories. Founded by artist and designer Cristian Zuzunaga in 2007, the company’s mission is to create beautiful products that capture the dynamic nature of contemporary living. Following our highly successful Brintons / Zuzunaga commercial partnership now we’ve created a collection of luxury retail rugs as part of a wider collaboration with Zuzunaga. This new collection is inspired by Cristian Zuzunaga’s explorations of our remarkable design archive in Kidderminster. Visiting the archive, Cristian was captivated by similarities to his own design principles – squared, pixel based designs, brightly coloured palettes of contrasting colours evident in weaving and wool dying dating back centuries.

The Deep Grid design from the new collection can be seen on the stand for the rest of this week, Cristian Zuzunaga’s rug designs engage with squares and colours to repeat, reproduce and build creative new patterns from unique formal prototypes.

The Zuzunaga stand attracted design aficionados from Elle Decoration, Homes & Gardens, The Sunday Times and a whole host of renowned international press who agreed this exciting collaboration is testament to the powerful combination of unique innovative design and digital imagery with ancient fabrics from Zuzunaga and state of the art multicolor weaving technology from Brintons.

The mandala styling and repeating symmetry is the motif; minute shapes creating new shapes, building from the tiny abstract pixel to the maximal image. All of this only possible on Brintons’ exclusive High Definition Weave looms. Also seen on Zuzunaga’s stand were their stunning silk and wool mix Digital Sunrise and Digital Sunset blankets, from Zuzunaga’s Bitmap collection, complementing and contrasting with the Zuzunaga by Brintons Deep Grid Rug in equal measures.

Zuzunaga by Brintons rug collection is available from our rug store along with a varied selection of Brintons axminster rugs from other designers: www.rugs-by-brintons.co.uk

Union Jack Exhibition at Gwangju Design Biennale, South Korea

The 5th Gwangju Design Biennale has chosen the UK as the guest collaborative country for 2013. This year’s Biennale theme ‘Anything, Something’ aims to understand and interpret the often subtle contexts and habits in our daily communication that can be integral to innovative design, adding real value by turning anything into something.

The Biennale will show ‘Union Jack; pop culture, design and everyday’ exhibition as a highlight event alongside the Design Museum’s ‘Designed to Win’ exhibition and a collaborative project between the Royal College of Art and Gwangju city’s local university.

The Union Jack Exhibition explores how the British flag has been used by designers over the years; in pop culture, graphics, fashion, home interior, automotive etc.. 

Brintons was chosen amongst other iconic British brands and designers such as Lulu Guiness, Hunter and Mini, to celebrate Britishness; a limited edition Union Jack inspired rug was the perfect choice for the exhibition.

This beautiful axminster rug, woven using our own 80% wool 20% nylon yarn in colours synonymous with the iconic Union Jack flag is a showcase of some of Brintons best patterned axminster designs. 

The GREAT Britain campaign is the UK Government’s most ambitious international marketing campaign ever and showcases the very best of what Britain has to offer in order to encourage the world to visit, study and do business with the UK. It supports the Prime Minister’s ‘Global Race For Growth’ and Olympic Legacy programme.

Brintons products featured in our Union Jack inspired limited edition rug are; Laura Ashley Woodville Faded Chambray 52/29812, Classic Florals Parterre Blue 3/38176 and Renaissance Classics Leila Rose 5/38383.

Brintons have won Best Customer Service Award for Flooring 2013 as voted for by Interiors Monthly readers!

Receiving the ‘Best Customer Service Award for Flooring 2013’ cements Brintons as the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality woven carpets.

Brintons MD, Don Coates reflects on what sets Brintons apart from the competition, “Our brand reputation is built on design innovation, product excellence, technical expertise and customer focus; it’s essential we continue to invest in all of these areas to ensure our future success.”

Brintons employs over 500 people in the UK across its Kidderminster and Telford sites and recent investment has created new jobs in both locations. Investing in the UK has brought a real boost to not only the local economy, but also to British carpet making as a whole. The intention is to build on Brintons’ illustrious heritage, ensuring this 230-year-old brand maintains its worldwide leadership position.

Coates comments, “We have a very clear view of how we deliver value for our customers; our mission is to make the world a more beautiful place, which we have been doing for over 200 years. We have a fantastic employee ethos with tremendous commitment to the business and the Brintons brand; we will go the extra mile to help our customers achieve their goals. This customer service award means a great deal to us and we would love to thank the Interiors Monthly readers for their support.”

Brintons customers are incredibly discerning, so Brintons work hard to stay one step ahead.

This year sees the launch of Brintons High Definition Weave, a pioneering technology developed by Brintons which allows them to weave carpets and rugs in up to 32 colours, giving customers unrivalled design definition and colour choice.

Also expect upcoming design collaborations, new rug collections and the very best in carpet excellence. This summer Brintons launched their first ever rug collection to mark the Queen’s Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace, which consisted of a collection of beautifully stylish rugs, inspired by 1950s designs from Brintons archives. Find these rugs here; www.rugs-by-brintons.co.uk
When you invest in a Brintons carpet or rug, you can expect a product of the highest quality, which is practical as well as beautiful and will look good for years to come.

Brintons presents new designers with special award

The New Designers Exhibition showcases newly graduated designers from all over the country. Every year the show helps thousands of graduates launch their career at the spectacular Business Design Centre in London, Britain’s capital of design.

Brintons Designers Nikki Coates and Lois Norman went along to the show to select two talented graduates for a special award, which included a two week work placement at Brintons and a cash prize of ?250 each. Nikki and Lois awarded prizes to Wahyish Vong and Stephanie Rostron.

Stephanie is a Textile graduate from Leeds University, who had hand drawn a series of intricate botanical designs. Nikki Coates said “Stephanie was chosen because her work blew us away; such stunning drawings that showed she could not only draw exceptionally well, but with sure care and patience, she created stunning finished works of art.”

Wahyish Vong is a Textile graduate from Wolverhampton University. Nikki said ” Wahyish’s work caught our eye for her use of colour, her skill in repeating patterns and most importantly, the process she went through in order to achieve her final designs was very creative and it was very interesting where she took her inspiration from. She clearly had a lovely drawing hand which is one of the main skills we were looking for.”

Stephanie and Wahyish will spend two weeks at Brintons London Design Centre developing a collection of designs suitable for a hotel. This will include rugs for a reception area, an electronic jacquard design for a ballroom and an all over repeating design for public areas.

Another piece of Brintons history preserved

Two Gripper Jacquard Axminster looms that were previously displayed in the reception area at the Brintons Exchange Street offices were unveiled in their new home at the Museum of Carpet in Kidderminster.

The Axminster looms that were built by Brintons engineer, Reg Bayliss, were cleaned and restored and put into glass display cases where they can be admired by carpet enthusiasts and historians for years to come. They were revealed by Reg’s twin sister, Dot Barrie, accompanied by Melvyn Thompson, Historian to Carpet Museum (and former Project Engineer at Brintons); Charles Talbot, Chairman of the Carpet Museum Trust. Also present were Dave Maggs, Former Weaving Manager and a colleague of Reg; John Insull, another colleague who made some of the parts and Paula Kovacs, Museum Manager.

The Museum of Carpet is located in Stour Vale Mill, Kidderminster and is the only museum in the country dedicated to carpets and carpet making.

Brintons at the Coronation Festival

To mark the Coronation Festival, Royal Warrant Holders were invited to exhibit at Buckingham Palace gardens between 11th – 14th July 2013.

Brintons creative concept and design for the stand was drawn from a modern take on a 1950’s living room. Brintons wanted to challenge the interpretation of a living space. To achieve this we appointed contemporary interior stylist, Louisa Grey to design and curate an area that would take its concept from an actual 1950’s design found in the Brintons’ archives.

The carpet on the floor and wall is inspired by the famous “Net and Ball” carpet that was used in the Royal Festival Hall foyer for the 1951 Festival of Britain. This original design is one discovered in Brintons extensive archives that date back to the 1790’s. It has been rewoven in new colours to address both the contemporary and the 1950’s concept. The chosen colourway explores the exciting design possibilities for a mundane living room with striking results.

The designer was keen to emulate the hand finished touches that Brintons has established and proudly maintained as a pioneering British manufacturer since 1783. To reflect this the artisans who have collaborated on this carefully curated concept have been hand-picked for their exceptional, innovative New British Craftsmanship. The felt ceiling sculpture was hand felted by Heather Belcher using remnants of yarn from the production of carpets in Brintons Kidderminster factory, mirroring the post-war ethos of thrift current in 1951. The design on the sofa is an adaptation of the “Net and Ball“ carpet, printed on to jersey for upholstery purposes, employed to give a play on scale across the stand. The screen printing process was handcrafted by CUSTOM design.

Brintons reputation is built on design innovation and product excellence. The Woodland image is woven on Brintons pioneering High Definition Weave loom. This patented technology can produce photo realistic, three-dimensional design definition in 32 colours, compared to conventional looms that use 8-12 colours.

Brintons launched the Coronation Rug Collection at the Festival. The collection is drawn from genuine 1950’s hand painted designs within Brintons extensive archive, which include the Mimosa design by Matisse that also dates back to 1951. These were recoloured to bring the original designs influenced by todays interior trends; retro style with modern colouration to create beautiful area rugs which fit perfectly in today’s home.

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People who understand the importance of lasting value choose Brintons.

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Brintons meet Emilio and 2 Lovely Gays

Brintons were delighted to have Interior designers the 2 Lovely Gays and interiors stylist and editor Emilio Pimentel-Reid give a talk at Brintons London Showroom during Clerkenwell Design Week.

They discussed bespoke interiors as an expression of who you are and how it can be a place for growth and happiness. The talk focused on how to give people confidence by bridging the gap between the consumer and the interiors industry through collaborating with Brintons, and giving a platform for rising talents to create spaces that truly inspire. 

Boasting a wealth of creative agencies and more architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet, Clerkenwell is truly the UK’s most important design community. To further cement the area’s reputation as an international creative hub, Clerkenwell Design Week has now become one of the most important events in the design calendar, hosting some of the world’s biggest design, architectural and creative names.

Catwalk style for the floor

Tartan has continually preserved it’s popularity in fashion, being regularly used by designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCartney. Even Chanel used plaids as part of their London Fashion Week S/S show.

The trend for vintage style has grown in popularity for interior styling too. Tartan is a pattern that has the power to be both contemporary and traditional, funky yet classic and we have certainly seen it become more desirable in recent years for interiors. The traditional reds, greens and golds give the designs a rich natural quality with an air of modern grandeur.

Wool is also on trend right now and has the added bonus that it is a fantastic sustainable choice for flooring. It insulates your home, is easily recyclable and biodegradable, plus shearing sheep is essential for their welfare. Our Brintons blend combines 80% wool with 20% nylon meaning that your carpet is both luxurious to touch and hard-wearing for longevity. The collection is available from stock and is perfect for quick-turnaround projects where timing is of the essence.

For Spring 2015 we wanted to try something a little different and so have created a plaid series to appeal to urban environments. Our new City Plaids range gives a fashionable edge to this iconic design. We’ve used inspiration from Welsh Plaids and taken Harris Tweed tones to create a softer series. We think this works as a complimentary alternative to our traditional tartans from the existing Abbotsford and Abbeyglen ranges. Soft antique hues play together with cools blues and soft greys and have been jazzed up with a hint of hot pink.

Joanna Thornhill, Interiors Stylist says “For a touch of Highlands Chic, a plaid carpet gives a bold, grounding look to any space”. Making a statement with your floor is more popular now than ever and we really see this particular trend continuing over the next few seasons. We hope you like the new City Plaids!
One thing you can be confident in is that plaid never seems to go out of fashion.

Brintons Inspirations collection

Brintons has launched its latest collection ‘Brintons Inspirations’. 

The designs have been based on three themes, including tropical, geometric and architectural, and a team of global designers worked to develop a range of mood boards to help feed into the final 12 piece collection.

The collection is available to view online as a digital PDF for clients to download and designs are also available on Brintons’ interactiveDesign Studio Online, which is a tool for designers and customers to instantly access and search designs. 

Brintons to exhibit at the Birmingham Made Me Expo 2015

Brintons is celebrating its local heritage by exhibiting at the fourth annual Birmingham Made Me Expo, on the 15 – 19th June. 

Billed as the most important celebration of design led manufacturing capabilities and achievements in the region, Brintons will be showcasing three custom made carpets, which have been created in our Kidderminster factory.

One of the displays will be the award winning Deep Grid carpet, which was created in collaboration with designer Christian Zuzunaga. The carpet, which received the Wallpaper* Design Award for Best Pixilation, is currently available as part of Brintons Zuzunaga High Definition Weave collection. 

This is the fourth year in a row that Brintons has exhibited at the Expo, which is taking place this year at Millennium Point in Birmingham City Centre, and the four day event will include conference and workshops from the celebrated manufacturers, as well as shining a spotlight on emerging talent. 

Brintons collaboration with Birmingham City University showcased at May Design Series

Birmingham City University showcased their final year student’s work at May Design Series, which was held between the 17 – 19th May at London ExCeL.

In its 7th year, the Trends exhibition presents the pinnacle of design with students creating a range of new designs inspired by two trends forecast by Global Color Research™ for Spring/Summer 2016: ‘Brink’ and ‘Tropic’. The project provides new inspiration and demonstrates how trends can be applied from original design thinking through to end product, it also allows students to create a unique portfolio of ideas from which to convey their employment potential. The trends project doesn’t just give an insight into future talent – it helps mould and support it.

Brintons collaborated with Birmingham City University to create a sample rug based on an original design by Constructed Textiles student Amy Newman; the rug was manufactured using Brintons revolutionary 32-colour High Definition looms. The stunning botanical design was created in response to the “Tropic” trend and has an all-over leaf design. Global Color Research™ named Amy’s design Trends projects winner at the show.

The trends, which Birmingham City University students have interpreted are Brink and Tropic:

BRINK
On the verge of something new and unknown, Brink looks to the past for conformity and reassurance, referencing classicism, the ultimate in ordered architecture, and currency as a physical expression of security. This trend is about craving for control, to be grounded in the face of global financial turbulence where it is constantly a case of survival of the fittest. A change is coming and so Brink delves in to our archive to evoke a sense of uncertainty. This is a trend on the edge, balanced by a thoughtful and reassuring colour palette.  

TROPIC
New discoveries are found at every turn in this nocturnal visit to a tropical garden. As its name suggests, Tropic takes heed of the region of earth surrounding the Equator; South America, Central Africa and South East Asia are all key references, but far from simply offering a literal influence, they suggest an energy, passion and optimism that celebrates the interaction of contrasting colours. There is a definite feeling of sanctuary and escapism in Tropic, where we hide within a dark cocooning environment yet find joy and comfort in pops of hot colour that are considered energetic. 

Celebrate Clerkenwell Design Week 2015 with Showroom Partners Brintons

Brintons will be at the centre of the creative hub during Clerkenwell Design Week, where it will be showcasing a range of new designs as well as hosting a range of talks at the London Design Centre.

Brintons can now reveal its exciting schedule for the week, which is not one to be missed, and it is inviting design savvy visitors to visit them at its showroom on the 19th to 21st May.

19th May – 12pm – Designing for Woven Axminster Carpets – RIBA Accredited CPD Presentation
Visitors can explore the key aspects of designing for Axminster carpet production at the RIBA Accredited CPD Presentation, which will feature everything from the initial brief through the design process to installation, designing for Electronic Jacquard and how this can be used to produce complex multi-part, large-scale floorscapes in a variety of interiors. The history of Axminster and advances in technology will also be explored.

The talk will display how Brintons are continuing to challenge conventional design rules and promote a new way of thinking about how carpet is used in an interior space.

20th May – 12pm – “The Bespoke Interior” with the 2 Lovely Gays
Interior designers the 2 Lovely Gays discuss bespoke interiors as an expression of who you are and how it can be a place for growth and happiness. The talk will focus on how to give people confidence by bridging the gap between the consumer and the interiors industry through collaborating with Brintons, and giving a platform for rising talents to create spaces that truly inspire.

A question and answer session will follow with interiors stylist and editor Emilio Pimentel-Reid, placing a spotlight on design with the 2 Lovely Gays, discussing all that is current in the interiors and design world today. There will also be the opportunity for audience members to ask questions and be part of the discussion. 

21st May – 6.30pm – Exploring the archives with Talib Choudhry and Yvonne Smith
Talib Choudhry, interiors editor of the Telegraph Magazine, talks to Brintons’ archivist Yvonne Smith about the relevance of historic archives in design, and how historical research helps to build fresh, new collections with layers of meaning and narrative. Following the talk on the 21st May at 6.30pm will be a drinks reception for a chance to unwind after the event.

Come and join Brintons at the heart of the UK’s design industry and see how we are continuing to challenge conventional design rules and promote a new way of thinking about how carpet is used in an interior space.
Brintons London Design Centre, 1 Sycamore Street, Clerkenwell, London, EC1Y0SF
 

Brintons: The Original Supplier of Iconic PDX Carpet

Portland  + SRG Architects + Brintons = PDX Carpet Cult

In the 1980s Portland, Oregon was naive to the impending influx of computer related industry that the 1990s would bring. This boom in jobs brought with it a steady flow of young employers, web developers, and graphic designers. The culture was changing across the United States and left Portland one of the fastest growing cities in the 90s.

This cultural population shift would bring a surge of people into the PDX Airport – making the recent renovation of the airport from noisy, hard flooring – to the noise reducing wool blend of Brintons Axminster, a necessary change.

SRG Architects were tasked with the PDX renovation in 1987 and began conducting research on airports across the country with regionally inspired design concepts. SRG reached the conclusion of a geometric design based on the interpretation of the runway on the radio tower radar screens. The theme about flight catered to international travellers while the geometric design and saturated colors reflected the essence of the Northwest.

The design concept was brought into fruition when SRG specified Brintons to fill the airport with 28,000 square feet of Axminster 80/20 wool blend carpet, by the early 1990s the carpet was installed. This quintessential Portland design was translated in to a heavy-wearing wool carpet that would last for the next 20 years. The quality of Brintons Axminster product has presented the platform for this cult-like following to generate.

The PDX carpet will live on to surpass the brutal uprooting from it’s original home. PDX Airport implemented an application process and has chosen four different companies and organizations to donate the iconic carpet to. The carpet will continue it’s legacy as mouse pads, cat furniture, rugs, doormats, framed souvenirs, as well as, a multitude of other things.

Brintons to Exhibit Marine Collection at Cruise Shipping Show

Brintons is showcasing the ‘Best of British’ at the annual Cruise Shipping Event in Miami on the 16th – 19th March.

We have been exhibiting at the show for over 15 years, and will be displaying a bespoke marine carpet that has been woven with High Definition Weave Technology that was pioneered at our Kidderminster factory. The technology allows us to create stunning custom made carpets in up to 32 colours, with ultra-precise clarity.

We have a long track record working with some of the largest ship owners, shipyards and marine designers across the world, to supply both stock and custom solutions. Brintons’ specialist marine division has supplied carpet to more than 500 vessels, for use in public areas, cabins and corridors, and most recently has carried out an installation on the P&O Britannia, which launches in March.

Brintons offers full marine certification for cruise ships, ferries, yachts and other offshore installations, and all products are proven in the most demanding situations around the world. All Brintons’ marine products are supplied with Wheelmark certification, which shows that the carpet conforms to the IMO (International Maritime Organisation) and SOLAS (Safety Of Life At Sea) requirements.

To learn more about Brintons and its range of marine certified carpets, visit stand 2201

50 Years of Bell Twist

This year we are celebrating 50 years of our iconic Bell Twist series. Over the last five decades the original palette of 10 colours has increased to a collection of 50, including on-trend shades of greys, reds, blues and neutrals.

In 1993 Vivienne Westwood transformed Bell Twist carpets into iconic dresses in a campaign with Brintons. Later in 2003, renowned shoe designer Manolo Blahnik ciollaborated with Brintons on ‘The Most Luxurious Carpets in the World’ campaign.

Bell Twist’s unique depth and texture has always helped it bounce back cheerfully from the rigours of everyday life. We continue to use strong wool-rich yarn to create a permanent twist that makes this carpet a practical choice for any interior. Bell Twist is available from stock and is perfect for quick-turnaround projects where timing is of the essence.

Bell Twist colours pop up in our patterned stocked collections too making it a range that can happily be paired with the boldest damasks, stripes, florals or plaids. 

National Trust use Brintons historical design archive for Sudbury Hall

The grade I listed Sudbury Hall is a country house in Derbyshire which is owned and maintained by the National Trust.  Built in 1660 by George Vernon the house is notable for its superb Great Staircase, fine Long Gallery, and portraits by John Michael Wright.

Sudbury Hall was used by the BBC as the location for the Pemberley House in the 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Erle.

Brintons was approached by Andrew Barber, Curator at the National Trust to identify suitable carpet designs for the staircase at Sudbury Hall.

Andrew visited Brintons extensive archive in Kidderminster to look for a design that complemented the style of the property.

A (late) Victorian design was selected, created in 1885, it features an allover floral design in rich red tones with a pretty scroll and floral border. The design was chosen from Brintons extensive archive, which dates back to 1790. It is one of the world’s largest commercial design archives and historical pattern libraries in the industry.

Image top right: Yvonne Smith, Brintons Archivist with Andrew Barber, Curator, National Trust at Sudbury Hall

Brintons archive helps transform The Lyceum Theatre

Built in 1879 to a traditional proscenium arch design, the Lyceum is the only surviving theatre outside London designed by the famous theatre architect W.G.R. Sprague and the last example of an Edwardian auditorium in Sheffield. The grade II Listed theatre has 1068 seats and is part of the Sheffield Theatres complex with the neighbouring Crucible Theatre and the Crucible Studio.

The building has changed ownership many times over the years, being used variously as a rock concert venue and a bingo hall. By the 1980s, the interior was in a state of disrepair. Two local businessmen bought the theatre in 1985, with financial support from Sheffield City Council, and between 1988 and 1990 the Lyceum was completely restored at a cost of ?12 million. The theatre now serves as a venue for touring West End productions and operas as well as locally produced shows. 

The Theatre closed its doors in July 2014 to undergo a ?1.9 million refurbishment, thanks to funding from Arts Council England, Sheffield City Council, several trusts and foundations, the local business community and theatre audiences. Over the ten-week project, the Lyceum was transformed, creating a more comfortable experience for audiences and significantly improving the technical and operational equipment.

Brintons worked with John Bates, Sheffield Theatres Trust, Buildings Manager and Johnson Wright ltd to identify a carpet that would marry both the original part of the building with the newer extension. A design from Brintons archive was chosen and the inspiration was taken from the original artwork of Japanese Shin Bijutsukai dating back to 1896. Brintons Designer Jane Bradley-Bain then recoloured the archive design using a warm and tonal colour palette, which complemented the new interior colour scheme at the theatre.

Brintons supports UK Wool Week 2014

The Campaign for Wool, of which His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is Patron, returns this year to celebrate its 5th anniversary with the WOOL COLLECTION: Interiors.

The launch of WOOL COLLECTION, an edit of wool interior pieces including a selection of specially commissioned items will be debuted by the Campaign for Wool with an exhibition at London’s Southwark Cathedral during Wool Week (5th-12th October). The WOOL COLLECTION exhibition will showcase innovative and diverse design highlighting the natural beauty and practical functionality of real wool. Over fifty curated interior items will be showcased with a selection from the high-street, designer, bespoke and commercial sectors and will include fabrics, flooring, furnishings and lifestyle items.

Names such as Brintons, Jonathan Adler,  Designers Guild, Camira Fabrics, Melin Tregwynt,  Bute Fabrics, Naomi Paul, Tracy Kendall and Pentreath and Hall with Fine Cell Work are just some of those selected.

Open to the public from the 5th to 12th October, the Interiors Wool Collection offers free admission and all items displayed will be on sale during Wool Week.

Brintons are debuting their brand new High Definition weave carpet from the Skulduggery Collection, carpeting a room at the Wool Collection exhibition. Also on display is a bespoke carpet designed by Erdem and manufactured by Brintons. Renowned for his exquisite prints and surface textures, Erdem created a floral motif to be woven in to a beautiful carpet runway this is showcased within the Cathedral’s Nave.

Brintons launch new interactive Design Studio Online website

Brintons, the world’s leading carpet manufacturer, with an 80 strong design team and a private textile archive of over 100,000 custom designs, is recognised today as a powerful creative source. Known in the industry to stretch the way people think about pattern and colour on the floor. Design Studio Online allows designers and commercial customers to have instant access to collections and archives from Brintons’ rich and diverse history. 

We are delighted to announce the launch of our new Design Studio Online (DSO) website. With a fresh new look, the platform is mobile and iPad enabled and has been rebranded with a smarter, sleeker user interface. Benefits include updated room sets, an autocomplete search bar tool, search facility and an all round fast and efficient system.

The DSO will give a vastly improved user experience whilst being in keeping with Brintons’ other websites www.brintons.co.uk and www.brintons.net. We have taken inspiration from sites such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to create interactive aspects such as “likes” and “tagging” to bring customers the most user friendly and inspirational tool in design.

Start creating your own unique carpet designs now; click here to register or login to DSO.

Brintons sponsors NEWH UK Annual Breakfast at Sleep

Brintons are sponsoring the NEWH UK Annual Breakfast held at SLEEP 2014 on the 26th November. The event starts at 8.30 am and finishes at 10.30am, it is open to NEWH members, designers, specifiers and purchasing agents.

SLEEP 2014 – The hotel design event is being held at the Islington Design Centre, 26th – 27th November. RSVP required, please email Denise Beach, Business Development Manager, dbeach@brintons.co.uk

Brintons Zuzunaga collection shortlisted for the ELLE Decoration British Design Awards 2014

We are delighted to announce that our Zuzunaga rugs collection has been shortlisted for the ELLE Decoration British Design Awards 2014, in the Best British Pattern category. The designs also feature in our latest High Definition Weave broadloom carpet collection. 

The winners in the seven awards categories – Best British Product, Best British Interior, Best British Exterior, Best British Designer, Best Sustainable Design, Best British Pattern and the John Lewis ‘Made in the UK’ award – will be decided by public vote, to be cast via elledecoration.co.uk/britishdesignawards
The winners will be announced in the ELLE Decoration December issue, which will arrive with subscribers from Friday 31 October. 

Brintons UK ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Brintons UK took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for the MND Association. Well done Sreejith Pushpangadhan , Chelsey Field and Tim  Field for raising money for this well deserved charity.

Sree Pushpangadhan nominated – Jessica Fayers (Singapore), Vernon Palmer (Dubai) and Rob Beard (India)
Chelsey Field nominated – Anna Alves (Portugal), Dawn Lloyd (USA) and the finishing team (UK)
Tim Field nominated – Neil Robinson (USA), Digvijay Mane and Manoj Kamble (India)

Brintons Melbourne ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

The Brintons team in Melbourne, Australia have taken on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – and have put the word out to our other offices worldwide to ‘ice-up’ or donate!

While this challenge has been doing the rounds for a little while now, it’s important to understand the disease we want to help raise awareness for.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost.

With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralysed. While there is no known cure or treatment for the disease yet, scientists are hard at work to try and find a way to help those who live with ALS.

There are significant devices and therapies that can manage the symptoms of ALS that help people maintain as much independence as possible and prolong survival.

Taking part in the challenge today was (L-R) David Fleming (Senior Project Manager), Xander Okhuizen (Asia Pacific Director), Chantelle Yoth (Sales Support) and John Buising (National Account Manager – Retail Groups).

Collectively they have put the challenge out to co-workers from Australia, America, India and UK offices.

We hope that in our small way, by partaking in the Ice Bucket Challenge and donating to the cause, we can make a difference to those who live with this illness.

Brintons supplies carpet for the restoration of an Art Deco masterpiece

The Stockport Plaza Super Cinema and Variety Theatre was built in the early 1930s in Greater Manchester, England. Architect, W Thornley designed the property in 1929, and it was completed in 1932. 

In 1967, the Plaza was converted in to a bingo hall and operated until 1998, when Mecca closed it and put the building up for sale. The Cinema Theatre Association and English Heritage had been successful in getting the Plaza Grade 2 listed in 1997 just before it’s closure.  It is currently run by the Stockport Plaza Trust, the local authority having loaned the money for its acquisition. A programme of repairs and full restoration to its 1932 glory has been on-going since 2009. 

The entire external facade has been completely restored to its original cream ensemble and sports a new name sign as well as red and green side panels, all constructed with neon lighting.

The interior of the building is Egyptian-themed and is said to have been inspired by the Paris Exhibition of 1925, with gold ceilings and bas-relief murals of nymphs. The auditorium has the same style, and features ornamental grilles, niches, cornices and decorative lights, topped by a large dome. A Compton organ was installed at the centre of the orchestra pit, against a square, decorative proscenium.

In 2009, Architect Liz Mather of Brock Carmichael Architects, specialists in conversation work approached Brintons as she wanted to recreate the original art deco carpets, they had black and white photos of the interiors which showed the design details but not the colour used. The restoration team removed layers of paint which had been applied to the door frames and ceilings and analysed the date of the paint to see what colours were used in the period the property was built. The restoration team also visited Brintons archive to view hand painted  art deco design papers to identify what colours where used in carpet design during the period.  

Brintons Designer Jane Bradley-Bain recreated the carpet designs using the original photos and design papers from Brintons archive. Brintons supplied a purple geometric carpet for the basement, stairs, foyer and auditorium and a green carpet  with an angular motif for the Cafe. 

In August 2014 Brintons supplied further carpet for the circle and balcony areas using the design, which was used in auditorium.

During this part of the refurbishment the Plaza also installed replica seating which is an exact match of those in situ on opening night – October 7th 1932.

Brintons archive helps transform The Nursery Suite at Audley End House

Brintons was approached by Annabel Westman, Historic Furnishing Textiles Consultant to identify suitable carpet designs for the renovation of The Nursery Suite at Audley End House, Essex. 

Annabel visited Brintons extensive archive in Kidderminster with English Heritage Curator Tom Boggis to look for a design that complemented the Victorian design style of the rooms.

Two designs were selected, a small all over floral pattern and a pretty scroll, both dating from the (early) Victorian period. 

The renovation project was unveiled to the public in February this year and cost ?1.1 million.

Visitors can now experience what the Nursery was like in 1830s when the 3rd Lord and Lady Braybrooke and their young family were living at the house.

The nursery suite of rooms on the second floor provides a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the eight children (five boys, three girls), their governess, nursemaids and tutors. Visitors are able to experience the rooms as they were intended with a host of toys to play with and items to explore as they delve into the story of childhood in a Victorian country house.

Image top and middle right: Yvonne Smith, Brintons Archivist with Tom Boggis, Curator, English Heritage at Audley End House looking at the original design papers.

Brintons supports Staffordshire University’s Art and Design Graduate Show

Lisa Mynett, a final year Surface Pattern Design student at Staffordshire University approached Brintons for some help with her degree show in June. Lisa wanted some woven carpets made, which were based on her textile designs and we were only too happy to help. Brintons designer Leah Jack worked with Lisa to make her designs a reality.

The inspiration for Lisa’s project was spring floral borders, encased with delicate florals complete with fluttering butterflies surrounded by woodland trails and countryside views. Lisa enjoys working with a variety of media including print, embroidery, paper, collage, heat processes and mixed media, adding made textures and colours.

The Art and Design Show ran from the 13th to the 21st June on the College Road campus, Stoke-on-Trent and was opened by British Designer Emma Bridgewater. The show celebrates the work of students graduating from the Universities range of art and design degrees.

Lisa says “I had the pleasure of working with Brintons as part of my final design brief at university and the experience was a joy from start to finish. Working with Leah Jack was like working with someone who I have known for a long time and she made the whole process an enjoyable one and allowed me to expand my creative portfolio to a surface I never thought I would be able to design for.”

She went on to say, “Brintons and Leah in particular were supportive, kind and very helpful throughout. Receiving my design in print and as a sample carpet was a wonderful experience and one, which I will always remember. Leah is such a wonderful person to work with and from the very start I felt like a professional designer working to a brief set by a company. The samples and room layouts allowed me to visualise what my design would look like within a room setting. The turnaround of the designs and samples were so quickly executed and to a high standard. The design was well received by people and companies at both the Staffordshire university show and New Designers in London.”

Introducing: Dusk

Whether it’s grand scale or subtle texture, the Dusk collection is poised to take you on a journey of opulence and timeless style.

Be mesmermised with six luxurious broadloom Axminster designs woven in our signature 80% wool, 20% nylon yarn blend.

Available from stock in Australia, Dusk is the ultimate take on classic designs with a twist for the hospitality, leisure and gaming markets. Inspiring and enchanting, the understated elegance of Dusk will take any venue to the next level.

Brintons archive helps transform The Pre-Raphaelite Rooms at Buscot Park

Brintons was approached by Interior Designer, Lynette Hood to produce carpets for The Pre-Raphaelite Rooms at Buscot Park, Oxfordshire. Lynette visited Brintons extensive archive in Kidderminster to look for a design that complemented the Victorian design style of the rooms.

Brintons Archivist Yvonne Smith worked closely with Lynette and a design from 1891 was finally chosen. The highly elaborate border was simplified to suit the scale of the rooms but all of the yarns were dyed to replicate the exact original colours. The carpet was especially woven at Brintons factory in Kidderminster, Worcestershire using Brintons’ patented High Definition Weavetechnology.

The pictures which adorn the rooms, reflect the interest of the 1st Lord Faringdon in the paintings of the Pre-Raphaelites and their contemporaries, and include works by Rossetti, Watts, Madox Brown, Etty and Leighton. New acquisitions have broadened the list by the inclusion of works by their contemporaries, Tissot, Spartali (later Stillman) and Weguelin.

Exquisite antique furniture is found throughout the room. The bed, with its painted tester and cornice dates from the last quarter of the eighteenth-century, and the Regency settee at the foot of the bed is decorated with brass inlay, while the wardrobe with its finely figured mahogany veneer has a frieze enriched with satinwood and ivory. The small late eighteenth-century mahogany secretaire is in the style of Thomas Sheraton.

Brintons new High Definition Weave Collection

Brintons has redefined the detail and colour that can be woven into carpet having engineered a unique specification of loom, that can weave up to 32 colours at any one time. Photorealistic, three-dimensional definition is now achievable as well as infinite design possibilities and greater service flexibility.

Brintons celebrates its extraordinary High Definition Weave capability with an exciting range of new collections. Each of the new High Definition Weave collections features a mix of broadloom designs and much larger one-off concepts, which can be rescaled to suit individual projects. Whichever direction you choose our design team can work with you to creatively and cohesively adapt the concepts to distinctive commercial spaces.

Developed by Brinton’s global design team, the collection draws inspiration from all regions of the world. The collection is divided into four design chapters with a style to suit every discerning client and inspire designers for years to come.

The designs are complex and diverse. For the first time, Brintons’ patented High Definition Weave technology is fully realized in these inspirational designs weaving up to 32 colours and creating stunning effects.

The four chapters in the collection draw on inspiration from all walks of life:

Expressions are interpretations of a life less ordinary, an eclectic mix inspired by what we feel as much as what we see.

New Classics sees traditional fabrics and motifs juxtaposed through progressive reinterpretations.

Skulduggery is a melting pot of graphical styles screaming with metallic, edgy, hedonistic designs each telling its own story.

Zuzunaga, the latest from Cristian Zuzunaga, features squared, pixel-based designs and brightly coloured palettes of contrasting colours evident in weaving and wool dying dating back centuries.

New Padstow stocked collection

Brintons launch their brand new Padstow carpet collection for summer 2014.

Fresh, modern and flexible, with patterns inspired by pop art in polka dots and geometrics and a palette influenced by the seaside, in soft ice-cream shades of blue, pink and spearmint, balanced by subtle greys.
Making a bolder statement, one Padstow pattern, a pin dot, also comes in a shade inspired by Pantone’s colour of the year – Radiant Orchid – plus a bright yellow and green.

These chic playful patterns create an uplifting mood and the variety of colours allow the designs to work in any room.

The collection is available from stock and is perfect for quick-turnaround projects where timing is of the essence.

One on One with Stacy Garcia

One on One with Stacy Garcia interviewed by Brintons` Designer Leah Jack

Q: What first inspired you to become a designer and can you tell us a little about your journey to becoming the strong brand name that you are today?
A: As a child I was always interested in art and using it as an outlet for expression. As I grew up my passion for design continued to develop. I specifically remember a tile designer coming into a high school classroom and discussing the process. I found it fascinating and knew I wanted involvement in product design.

I began my professional career first as an intern selecting color palettes and then as a freelance designer assisting in product development for Ralph Lauren’s Home Collection. Following my work at Ralph, I was hired as Senior Designer for Richloom Contract Fabrics, where I directed the textile and pattern design collections for their hospitality division. At age 26, I decided to strike out on my own and founded LebaTex, a commercial textile supplier.

It was in 2003 that I created the global lifestyle brand, Stacy Garcia. Today, the Stacy Garcia design house produces designs for textiles, carpeting, wallcoverings, furniture, lighting and pillows. Each of my past experiences and opportunities helped me to cultivate a vision for what is the Stacy Garcia brand today.

Q: When did you first start designing for textiles and carpet and how did you get into Hospitality?
A: My time spent as a Senior Designer for the hospitality division at Richloom Contract Fabrics was my introduction to the industry. While working at Richloom, I was given the opportunity to travel which opened my eyes to the various resorts and destinations we were working on. Many of my first collections reflect this and are resort inspired. My favorite destinations became inspirations for the motifs and colors.

Q: This is our sixth collection with you and you’ve built an impressive reputation for your brand. What does your typical day look like and do you find time to relax?
A: Coffee, lots of coffee! It is a balancing act between coming up with new concepts, working on current collections and overseeing the business side of the brand. Most days I look like a juggler and hopefully I never drop a ball! (At least not when on stage!)

Q: You are currently based in New York. Do you feel this location has been an advantage to growing your brand and client base? Where else in the World would you like to work from?
A: Living and working in New York is definitely an advantage in growing my brand and business. Being that our studio is located outside of Manhattan, we are able to step away from the chaos of city life and fully submerge ourselves in design. However we are still close enough to attend industry shows and events.

If I was to relocate the business, it would probably be to the west coast. Somewhere warm like California—it is a completely different vibe and life-style.

Another one of my favorite cities is London. I attended Central St. Martins design school as part of my university studies and love the culture.

Q: How do you go about starting a new collection? From where do you draw your inspiration and how do you capture it?
A: I draw inspiration from a myriad of things: fashion, technology, art, travel, the world around us. It could be a person I see on the street, a piece of nature, a new discovery. The smallest influence could spark something that ultimately develops into a new collection. We compile the bits and pieces found along the way and eventually have the concept for our new collection. My studio walls are lined with pin boards, covered in inspiration.

Q: Do you think trends are important and how do you keep ahead of the trends?
A: Trends are definitely an important aspect of design. The forecasting process has a strong influence on the direction of our collections. It is important to keep ahead of the trends so that my products are exciting and relevant in the marketplace. The key to forecasting is to look at variables—economy, art, music, entertainment, social media, environment, politics, fashion. Forecasting is all about getting into the mind of the consumer and creating collections that will inspire today and in the future.

Q: What is your best advice for any inspired designer looking to start or build on their own brand?
A: Have a clear vision. It’s hard to communicate what you want if you don’t have a clear vision of what that is. And ask for things repeatedly. It’s human nature to get frustrated, but a good sales person doesn’t take “no” for an answer. Sometimes, timing is everything, and you may hear “no” for awhile. If you don’t keep knocking you’ll never hear “yes”. With effort and determination you can get there.

Brintons carpets showcased at Hotelympia, London

If you are visiting Hotelympia this week look out for the jaw-dropping entrance to the show, complete with resplendent furniture and stunning Brintons Axminster carpet. 

The entrance to the exhibition hall has been transformed in to a hotel lobby giving visitors the experience of arriving at the reception of a luxury hotel.

Hotelympia is the UK’s largest foodservice and hospitality exhibition held at ExCel, London from Monday 28th April – 1st May 2014. For more information about the event please visit the Hotelympia website.

Franca Sozzani Stuns Sydney at Black Carpet Event

Franca Sozzani, editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia since 1988, L’Uomo Vogue and UN Ambassador of Goodwill was in Sydney last week to officially launch the newest edition of L’Uomo Vogue.

Franca delighted fans at the World Wide Wool retail event in Sydney’s CBD where she met with young aspiring designers at David Jones’s city flagship store.

Brintons was delighted to donate a stunning black carpet to the Woolmark Company for the event – because red is so last year. Sozzani has also been a long-time supporter of The Woolmark Company, sitting on the judging panel for the Woolmark Prize.

Brintons new Timorous Beasties stocked collection

Brintons Carpets have joined forces with Timorous Beasties, the award winning Glaswegian design house, to create a beautiful and dramatic range of broadloom carpets. The collection is available from stock and is perfect for quick-turnaround projects where timing is of the essence.

Noted for their surreal and provocative textiles and wallpapers, Timorous Beasties challenge traditional conventions with their use of heavily illustrative insects, plants, birds and butterflies, wood grain and leaves. Inspired by popular Timorous Beasties designs, the collection is a mixture of large scale elegant designs.

The designs in this collection work with a larger scale and the avoidance of symmetry, favouring balance through composition to create a more individual interior. From the dense use of solid geometric texture and floral shapes of Linen Damask (shown top right) to the gentle meandering sprawl of the Ruskin Butterfly (shown bottom left), with its delicate organic background texture.

The Grain du Bois creates a free flowing weighted pattern, developed from drawings of wood grains, where the colours can blend or contrast with each other depending on where your view point is in the room. Botanical, plays with large scale floral motifs broken up by a look of transparency, a layered effect derived from ways of over printing with hand screens to build up a more complex image from a simple design. Atholl Gardens, is the combining of birds perching on a garden gate, where nature blends with ornate man-made, creating a more interesting silhouette.

This latest collection of designs is a bold statement of design intent and adds to Brintons and Timorous Beasties’ previous collaborations. The Timorous Beasties by Brintons Carpet Collection, consists of 5 designs in 12 colour ways and launches this April.

Celebrate Clerkenwell Design Week 2014 with Showroom Partners Brintons

The London Design Centre will be a hub of creative activity for design savvy visitors this May, when Brintons open its doors for the launch of its new High Definition Weave collections. This patented technology enables Brintons to create photo realistic carpets and rugs in up to 32 colours. The unseen collections include a much anticipated range of carpets from London based, Spanish Design studio, Zuzunaga. Also on show will be the latest collection with New York based Designer Stacy Garcia.

These exciting reveals, plus three days of design talks and events taking place at the London Design Centre, makes this Design Festival one not to be missed. Here is your schedule for the week.

20th May 2014 – 12pm – Inside the Archives talk – Yvonne Smith, Brintons Archivist
Brintons’ Archivist, Yvonne Smith will give an insight into Brintons’ rich history and explore the Art Nouveau period, including some original designs by designer C.F.A. Voysey. The spotlight will also be on Katagami, of which Brintons hold the largest private collection and have used these Japanese stencils to create their Katagami carpet collection.

21st May 2014 – 6pm – Behind the Collaboration – Cristian Zuzunaga, Brintons Collaborator
International designer Zuzunaga, who specialises in unique, colourful interior projects, textiles and fashion accessories is leading a talk about the design inspiration for his latest collaboration with Brintons, a brand new carpet collection which combines his unique innovative design and digital imagery with ancient fabrics and state of the art multicolor weaving technology from Brintons. You will be able to witness one of his latest designs as a backdrop to his talk.

22nd May 2014 – 12pm – Designing for Woven Axminster Carpets – RIBA Accredited CPD Presentation
This presentation will explore the key aspects of designing for Axminster carpet production, featuring everything from the initial brief through the design process to installation, designing for Electronic Jacquard and how this can be used to produce complex multi-part, large scale floorscapes in a variety of interiors. The history of Axminster and advances in technology will also be explored.

Come and join Brintons at the heart of the UK’s design industry and see how we are continuing to challenge conventional design rules and promote a new way of thinking about how carpet is used in an interior space.

Brintons appoints new CEO

Brintons is delighted to announce the appointment of Duccio Baldi as its new CEO.

Duccio is a highly experienced consumer goods business leader with a track record of running UK companies successfully and building brands.

Commenting on his appointment, Brintons CEO, Duccio Baldi, said:

“I am delighted to be joining Brintons as CEO, a company with a tremendous history and even more exciting potential. Brintons is one of the leading global Axminster carpet manufacturers, and the company has all the tools in place to continue growing and winning market share across the world”.

Brintons archive helps transform Bantock House Museum

Brintons were approached by Bantock House Museum to produce carpets for their entrance hall and staircase. The Curators from the museum visited Brintons archive in Kidderminster to select a design that complemented the Arts and Crafts surroundings of the Edwardian property.

During their research Curators Helen Steatham and Ross Young discovered an image (shown right) of Thos Bantock & Co the haulage company owned by the Bantock Family, transporting large rolls of carpet from the Brintons factory.

It’s a steep haul from the factory to the railway station in Kidderminster and fully loaded Bantock lorries are seen being pulled by a team of horses. Cobbles were laid on Station Hill to give the horse’s better grip. This shipment was bound for Macy’s, the famous department store.

Visit Brintons at Australian Healthcare Week 2014

After announcing our new range of Healthcare carpets in October last year, Brintons is proud to be involved for the first time with Australian Healthcare Week in March 2014.

Taking part in the Health Facilities Design & Development 2014 conference provides a forum for planners, designers and builders to discuss their experiences of health facility design, and allows Brintons for the first time to showcase our innovative designs and technical capabilities to the Australian market.

Brintons have five dedicated Healthcare design collections currently, ranging from Abstract, Geometric, Organic, Textures and Traditional styles, all available with anti-microbial treatment and impervious backing made especially for the unique challenges involved with Healthcare.

For too long selecting healthcare products has meant a choice between style or functionality; now Brintons brings you both.

Come and visit us from March 25-26 at Australian Technology Park in Sydney to speak with our Healthcare specialists.

Cruise Shipping Miami 2014

Brintons joins a ‘Best of British’ line up alongside, Morgan, Muraspec, Skopos, SMC Design and Trimline for the annual Cruise Shipping Miami event on 10-13th March 2014.

 A stunning three dimensional abstract design has been created for the stand by Brintons specialist marine Designer Paul Andino, this striking carpet is woven with pioneering High Definition Weave Technology that allows Brintons to weave up to 33 colours with ultra-precise clarity.

Brintons has an excellent track record with the worlds largest ship owners, shipyards and marine designers. Brintons specialist marine division has supplied carpet to more than 500 vessels, for use in public areas, cabins and corridors. 

Brintons offers stock and custom solutions with full marine certification for cruise ships, ferries, yachts and other offshore installations. Our products are proven in the most demanding situations around the world. All our marine products are supplied with Wheelmark certification, which shows that the carpet conforms with the IMO (International Maritime Organisation) and SOLAS (Safety Of Life At Sea) requirements.
Please visit our stand to learn more about Brintons and our range of marine certified carpets. You will find us at stand 2301.

Brintons carpet featured in new Kenneth Branagh film

On January 24th Sir Kenneth Branaghs’s latest film Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit will be released in the UK.

Sir Kenneth Branagh directs and also stars in the movie, alongside Chris Pine, Kevin Costner and Keira Knightly. The film tells the story of Jack Ryan, a young covert CIA analyst, who uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.

The film was shot on location at Pinewood Studios, London and a design from Brintons Ready to Weave collection was chosen by the film company for the set. The carpet has an all-over abstract design and is featured in a hotel corridor scene.

Brintons Ready to Weave is an exciting initiative developed by Brintons design team to offer bespoke carpets in a fraction of the time normally associated with our custom commissioned service. The collection provides almost unlimited design flexibility and access to Brintons design excellence in a specially selected palette of 36 colours to reflect today’s interior trends.

Brintons collaboration with Birmingham City University showcased at Interiors UK 2014

Birmingham City University are showcasing their final year student’s work at Interiors UK, which runs between the 19 – 22nd January at the NEC Birmingham.

In its 6th year, the Trends exhibition presents the pinnacle of design with students creating a range of new designs inspired by two trends forecast by Global Color Research™ for Autumn/Winter 2014/15: ‘Axis’ and ‘Frame’. The project provides new inspiration and demonstrates how trends can be applied from original design thinking through to end product, it also allows students to create a unique portfolio of ideas from which to convey their employment potential. The trends project doesn’t just give an insight into future talent – it helps mould and support it.

Brintons collaborated with Birmingham City University to create a sample rug based on an original design by Constructed Textiles student Chloe Frost; the rug was manufactured using Brintons revolutionary 32-colour High Definition looms. The stunning geometric design was created in response to the “Frame” trend and has an all-over 3D effect grid pattern. Chloe gained a working knowledge of carpet design during a work placement in August at Brintons Design Studio in Kidderminster, Worcestershire.

The trends which Birmingham City University students have interpreted are FRAME and AXIS:

FRAME
This trend reflects how western culture is increasingly reliant on technology, documenting and monitoring our everyday lives. Linear and grid like patterns reflect the restrictions we live with. Bright colours are synthetic, just like the technology on which we rely and geometric motifs simultaneously reflect both order and conformity.

AXIS
Nature’s angular forms create a geometric basis for this trend by focussing on patterns within the natural world; the pale palette lends itself to an arid setting, as many of the influences are maritime, but with a backdrop taken from a barren shoreline of the future. Frameworks and skeletons provide a structure, whether in pristine stainless steel or corroded metal.

Christian Zuzunaga ‘Deep Grid’ rug for Brintons wins The Wallpaper* Design Award 2014.

The results of the design world’s highest-ranking honours, The Wallpaper* Design Awards 2014 have been released. The Best Pixelation Award has been awarded to Brintons for their Christian Zuzunaga ‘Deep Grid’ rug. This stunning rug is woven with pioneering High Definition Weave Technology that allows Brintons to weave up to 32 colours. Giving customers unrivalled design definition and colour choice.

A British brand for over 230 years, Brintons maintains their position as the world’s leading manufacturer of high quality woven carpets and rugs. With a reputation built on design innovation, product excellence, technical expertise and customer focus Brintons deliver with passion and personal service.

The award ceremony was held on the 15th January 2014 in San Francisco with judges including Victoria Beckham, Michael Chow, Ron Gilad, Spike Jonze and Thom Mayne.

“Brintons are delighted that the Zuzunaga by Brintons ‘Deep Grid’ rug has won a prestigious Wallpaper* Design Award for 2014. This dynamic floor piece combines Zuzunaga’s unique innovative design style with Brintons’ state of the art multicolour weaving technology. A striking 25 colours can be found within this contemporary pixel based design; the first offering of an exciting collaboration between one of interiors freshest design houses with one of the world’s oldest carpet and rug weavers.” – Don Coates, Managing Director of Brintons

Cristian Zuzunaga (shown image right) will be at Brintons London Design Centre during Clerkenwell Design Week, to talk about his collaboration with us on this award winning collection.

Six degrees of separation: Brintons and the Ashes

We’ve all heard of the six degrees of separation – but the team at Brintons Australia have found their own striking connections between Brintons and the Ashes.

With Brintons ever building its presence in Australia and around the globe, we thought it would be fitting to explore five ways Brintons and the Ashes have been connected during the 2013-14 series. One point for each match Australia claimed victory over England.

1. Adelaide Oval
The second venue for the series, Adelaide Oval was where where Australia claimed their second victory. Brintons also came out on top – supplying a total of 5,400m? to the venue which has only recently been refurbished.

2. Melbourne Cricket Ground
A world record cricket crowd turned out for the opening day of the fourth Ashes Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

At stumps on day one, the official attendance was 91,092, surpassing the previous record mark of 90,800. And Brintons supported this world record crowd with over 3,800m? of carpet supplied to the MCG.
Even in the club’s Long Room and dining areas where it features the Melbourne Cricket Club’s logo emblazoned across the floor.

3. Sydney Cricket Ground
While England already faced defeat, they still suited up and tried to regain some ground in the final match. Unfortunately, the only ground the English gained was supplied by Brintons; over 2,500m? of Axminster carpet in fact.

4. The Opera House
Where Ashes celebrations took place after Australia took out all five games over England. Prime Minister Tony Abbott stood on the steps of the Opera House and spoke about the strength of our Australian team. Strength not unlike Brintons carpet; 4,000m? of which happens to grace the floors inside the Opera House.

5. Historic Connections
The Ashes began way back in 1882, around the same time Brintons started trading as a limited company. Trading as Brinton and Son in 1881, and although the company has gone through many changes since then, both the Ashes and Brintons are steeped in English history.

So what have we learned?

1. Not only has Australia taken the Ashes back from the English – but they have done so playing in Australian stadiums that feature British carpet. Brintons carpet supported the footfall of thousands of spectators at the Adelaide Oval, Melbourne Cricket Ground and Sydney Cricket Ground for the 2013/14 Ashes series.

2. Maybe the British should stick to what they do best; making quality carpet.

Taking the on-ground experience to new heights

Brintons has been featured in Future Airport Asia magazine as the interest in international travel heats up over the holiday season. 

Xander Okhuizen (Brintons Asia Pacific Director) and Jessica Fayers (Regional Sales Manager, Asia) were interviewed to discuss how Brintons is taking innovation to the floor for air travel.

With superior performance levels manufactured to withstand the footfall of the busiest airports, and unrivaled design possibilities, it’s a natural choice to welcome international passengers into a foreign country on a Brintons carpet.

Read through the article in the link below to learn more about how a Brintons carpet can even increase revenue in airports…

Brintons supports Relate charity

Following on from their charity work raising ?7,500 for Children in Need in November this year, Brintons is working with Relate by donating a rug for their meeting room. The rug was created using Brintons High Definition Weave Technology, with the wool from 1 in 8 British Sheep* used in the unique Brintons blend. The event held on Thursday 12th December celebrates over 50 years of Relate and Brintons will be there to participate and donate an exclusive rug to the cause.

“Brintons are proud to support the Relate charity, it?s great to see our rugs going to a worthwhile cause and we hope that the luxurious and bold designs brighten up the meeting room where so much good work supporting families goes on.” Don Coates, Managing Director of Brintons.

Relate has been promoting the importance of strong and healthy relationships since 1938. As the new year approaches the need for charities like Relate is as great as ever. Brintons are keen to work with charities where so much good work is done.

*About: With 230 years of experience Brintons is proud to call itself a British brand, and with the wool from one in eight British sheep ending up in a Brintons carpet, these beautiful floor coverings continue to be the sustainable and renewable choice.

Brintons carpet showcased at the Sleep Hotel

The Sleep Hotel is the inspirational highlight of the Sleep event, which is Europe’s premier trade exhibition for interior hotel products, held at the Business Design Centre, London between the 20th-21st of November.

Often considered “the catwalk of hotel design”, the sleep hotel challenges both established and new design companies to explore fresh and inventive concepts, to create building room sets with their fit-out partners, that could actually translate into a real life hotel environment.

The design brief for this years Sleep Hotel was to create a “newly refurbished” suite in a hotel originally built in the 1960s; the design companies contributing this year were Kelly Hoppen Interiors/Crosswater, Squared Interiors/Dea Contracts, Purpose Design, BDP/Sharkey Group and The Hickson Design Partnership.

Brintons worked in collaboration with The Hickson Design Partnership to supply carpet for their stunning room set called the NightNight Suite. HDP is a London and Turin Architecture and Interior Design practice specialising in Hospitality and High End Residential Projects.

The NightNight Suite is a reminder of happy times, when perhaps a childhood “NightNight” was the last think your heard before a blissful nights sleep.

NightNight Suite is a design concept created to evoke the creative wave that was the sixties, when suddenly mass media, European fashion, rock music, art and design literally exploded.

Now brought fully up to date, and made more comfortable with a modern international blend of Italian and British styling and an infusion of connectivity.

The Suite is a deconstructed room space refurbishment with residential styling and personal touches, to offer the guest the pleasure of a welcoming and fulfilling experience.

Manuela Mannino from HDG had this to say. “The ‘60s was a decade which saw availability and possibility like never before,” she explains. “Our suite will be inspired by the lives behind the art of the period while combining some of the latest collections and products. At the same time, it will have a domestic quality and bring private comfort to the guest”.

Financial year highlights showreel

It is always inspiring to look back on the year and remember our achievements. Of course, it is impossible to share everything from the past year, but we have created this short video to showcase some of our favourite moments, these include; a new website, product launches, awards, exhibitions and exciting collaborations.

Care Show, Birmingham 2013

Brintons are exhibiting at the Care Show 2013. The show runs between the 12th-13th November, at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.

Please visit our stand to learn more about Brintons and our new range of Healthcare carpets. You will find us at stand D36, hall 11.

Brintons team have Halloween fun raising money for BBC Children in Need

The Brintons UK team have been raising money for the BBC Children in Need Charity.

As part of the fundraising activities local representatives decided to have some halloween fun by dressing up in ghoulish costumes and collecting further funds for the charity. 

Well done to all involved!

Brintons launches new range for the Healthcare sector

Brintons is excited to announce the launch of a new range of carpets aimed at the Healthcare market.

The new range is Brintons’ first designed specifically for the Healthcare sector and marks a further diversification of the business to supplement its other key sectors, including the casino industry, cruise liners, hotels and luxury real estate. 

Historically, the healthcare market has often compromised creative design and style in favour of functionality and clinical environments. However, Brintons’ new Healthcare range combines bold and bespoke axminster designs with practicality, safety and comfort.

The new carpets fulfil all the requirements and needs of healthcare by producing a product that is protective, using anti-microbial technology, has an impervious back to help with spillages, is easy to clean and is durable. The carpets also help trap airborne fibres, which help reduce the risk for asthma and some other allergy sufferers.

The high-end Healthcare market is moving away from clinical environments to spaces similar to 5 star hotels and more homely settings, particularly for those in residential homes and retirement communities. It is this emerging global trend that Brintons is seeking to take advantage of.

The new market is likely to include retirement villages, private healthcare practices, and clinics. Using its proprietary technology, including High Definition Weave, Brintons is providing the technical solutions to the demands of this evolving market.

Visit Brintons at the Care Show Birmingham

Brintons are exhibiting at the Care Show in Birmingham. The show which runs between the 12th-13th November, at the National Exhibition Centre is designed to provide education, products and services to any organisation responsible for the care of older people.

The Care Show brings the industry together, delivering the latest developments in the care sector and providing visitors with the opportunity to meet and network with leading industry professionals.

Brintons is launching its new range of carpets aimed at the Healthcare market at the show. The new range is Brintons’ first designed specifically for the Healthcare sector, the carpets fulfil the requirements from a healthcare environment by producing a product that is protective, using anti-microbial technology which has an impervious back to help with spillages, and is easy to clean and durable. The carpets also help trap airborne fibres, which help reduce the risk for asthma and some other allergy sufferers.
We are proud to be exhibiting and invite you to visit our stand D36.

Brintons turnaround story featured at the WLEP’s Annual Conference

The Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership held their annual conference today at Worcester Warriors’ Sixways Stadium, the theme for this year’s event was ‘Driving Worcestershire Forward’.

The conference was facilitated by TV presenter and champion rally driver, Penny Mallory and was attended by over 300 delegates mainly from businesses across the county. Emma Fletcher, Brintons Global Commercial Sales Director, was invited by the organisers to present Brintons incredible turnaround story at the conference.  Emma gave the audience an overview of the company and its background from when Brintons was a family owned business, to the takeover and revival by the Carlyle Group.

Visit Brintons at the Independent Hotel Show

Brintons are exhibiting at the Independent Hotel Show at Olympia West Hall, London. The show which runs between the 30-31st October is packed full of expert insight and advice, from profitability seminars to trend reports and new product showcases.

The Independent Hotel Show is the only event designed specifically as a one-stop shop for the luxury and boutique hotel industry.

Brintons are working in partnership with other prestigious suppliers to the luxury hospitality sector including Crosswater, Electric Mirror, Forest Contracts, Purus and Sekers to create a stand which is a complete room set display.

We are proud to be exhibiting and invite you to visit our stand 130.

The next generation business minds visit Brintons

Brintons was pleased to welcome some of the Business students from Malvern College in Worcestershire last week.

Rita Bancroft, Group Marketing Director, explained to them about the Brintons brand, and where the company is today from when it began over 230 years ago. She told them about the production processes and how the company has invested greatly in new machinery and technology, as well as showing them examples of some of the bespoke commercial installations that Brintons has done.

This was followed by Don Coates, Managing Director, who briefed them about the company and its background from when Brintons was a family owned business, to the takeover and revival by the Carlyle Group. He also explained how Brintons is a design-led company, and a fashion brand, which very much focuses on the current trends.

This turnaround story made a great case study for the students and the day finished with a tour around the factory, showing them the carpet weaving processes and some of the technologies of the future.

Franche Community School pupils get the chance to design their new carpet

Franche Community School in Kidderminster, Worcestershire approached Brintons to provide carpet for their reception area and offices.

Ian Barton, ?Commercial Business Manager at Brintons and Val Weddell Hall, Headteacher thought it would be great idea to encourage the pupils creativity by asking them to produce a design for the new carpet. 

During a special assembly held earlier this week, Ian gave a presentation on how carpet was created before telling the children about the exciting competition the school and Brintons will be running. The pupil who produces the winning design will get to see it being woven on the looms at Brintons factory in Kidderminster.  They will also be presented with a sample of the carpet and a gift voucher.

Brintons announces the launch of its RIBA approved CPD presentation

Brintons have always been regarded as experts in the manufacture of high quality  Axminster and Wilton carpet and we are now sharing our knowledge with architects so they can gain a greater understanding of the process involved in designing for Woven Axminster Carpets.

The presentation has been assessed by RIBA (The Royal Institute of British Architects) for quality of content and relevance, so attendees can be confident that they are learning something both useful and informative. The presentation lasts approximately 40 minutes and includes information on:

Designing for Woven Axminster Carpets
A RIBA approved seminar detailing the full process involved in design and project management within woven Axminster carpet production.

This session will explore the key aspects of designing for Axminster carpet production, featuring everything from the initial brief through the design process showing a selection of example projects. It will follow the process from designing through planning stages to managing the project right through to installation.

Discover the comparison of designing for conventional Axminster against Electronic Jacquard, and the planning involved, and how EJ can be used to produce complex multi-part, large scale floorscapes in a variety of interiors.

Brintons carpet featured at Hotelkompetenzzentrum

The first permanent exhibition for hotel facilities is scheduled to open in October at Hotelkompetenzzentrum (centre of excellence for the hotel industry) in Oberschleißheim near Munich.

The show floor is set over 960m2 and has eleven room types, from 3-star comfort to luxury suites, as well as a large reception area with a bar and cafe. The exhibition was planned in close cooperation with internationally renowned hotel design studio JOI-Design and construction company Saint-Gobain.

Hotelkompetenzzentrum was established as a neutral platform and adviser in all fields of the hotel and gastronomy industry. There are 168 companies currently represented in the permanent exhibition including Brintons who have designed and supplied carpet for the meeting rooms, corridors, public areas as well as three of the guestrooms. Designs from Brintons Timorous Beasties and Stacy Garcia custom collections were chosen for the corridor areas and rugs. 

Christian Peter, Founder and Managing Director of Hotelkompetenzzentrum, said, “We don’t just want to explain what’s possible visually and conceptually, but rather specifically demonstrate the interaction of ideas, technology and service. The hotel floor includes an extensive database of materials with the products exhibited in the various mock-ups. Even though no-one will actually stay in this show hotel, everything is fully functional.”

Peter Joehnk, Managing Partner of JOI-Design, said “The show floor will be a representative cross-section of the world of hotel facilities, constructed realistically and in full working order. For example, unlike at a trade fair, visitors can test straight away whether a fitting is suitable for a washbasin or whether it’s going to spray them with water. As can unfortunately be the case in far too many hotels because the fittings were simply bought without being tested first. The show floor has one of each room type.  So you can be standing in a suite that is designed for a luxury business hotel in a city, for instance, but five steps away you can be back in a Bavarian resort hotel for the whole family. And in between you can find out what’s possible and most suitable for your own hotel from one exhibition”

Brintons Successfully Resolve Copyright Case in Korea

Brintons stakes its reputation on providing quality manufactured and beautifully designed woven carpets to its customers worldwide. As a result of being the leader in their field, Brintons occasionally finds itself in the middle of copyright infringement cases. While copyright laws vary substantially from country to country, Brintons is delighted in the successful resolution of one such copyright infringement case in Korea.

A carpet company operating in Korea had copied the design of Brintons Espana for a wedding hall. The dealer admitted to infringing on Brintons copyright and agreed to cease any future infringements on Brintons intellectual property.

Integrity of design is important to Brintons customers, so the company has a real focus on ensuring cheap imitations are kept out of the market. While cheaper imitations may look the same on the surface, it is only once the carpet is installed and fails to live up to the high standard of wear that a Brintons carpet does, will the true cost of an imitation really come to light.

As a trusted global company with leading technology, Brintons processes and expertise comes from over 230 years of experience. Brintons invests significant resource in design development as this is an important part of what makes a Brintons carpet special, its experience in crafting quality woven carpet cannot be replicated easily.

This case has been highlighted in the Korean press after the successful resolution, further emphasising the importance of copyright in the region. With worldwide design studios specialised in forecasting regional trends and interpreting it in a woven carpet, a Brintons carpet truly is a beautiful product to posses.

Brintons supports Kidderminster Arts Festival 2013

The hugely popular Kidderminster Arts Festival (KAF), organised by Wyre Forest District Council, starts on Saturday 10th August. The backdrop to the festival is a celebration of the carpet weaving history of Kidderminster and the Town Hall has been transformed into a ‘Carpet Forest by Worcestershire artists Jo and Kate De Burgh who specialise in recycled art installations.

Leading into the Forest is a Carpet Meadow which surrounds the outside of the town hall. Once inside you are immersed in to an enchanted Forest with carpeted trees that tell forgotten tales from the old factories whilst a kaleidoscope of lights floods through the canopy along with the sounds of fabled birds and looms. The magical Carpet Forest and Meadow will be open until the end of KAF on Monday 26th August and is an experience to stimulate all of your senses. Brintons are proud to support KAF and have supplied over 500 sqm2 of waste carpet through the Worcestershire Resource Exchange for the creation of the carpet forest and meadow. 

Dates for the diary:

  • 10th August –  There are workshops, shows and activities to keep children entertained and inspired at the Children’s Festival in St. Georges Park and St. Georges Church. A KAF Fringe event is also being held on Worcester Street with Graffiti art, D.J’s, arts market, bands and more. Street theatre and buskers will be around the town and there is an exhibition on the history of KAF in the Library. 
  • August 17th – A giant 30ft long pig will be taking an afternoon nap on the carpet meadow between 11am and 1pm and also 2pm and 4pm. Whalley Range All Stars offer members of the public the chance to witness a short show inside the belly of the snoring pig. 
  • August 24th – The ‘Spurting Man’ show will be starting outside the town hall at 12.30pm and 2.30pm. It is a silent comedy which concludes with a fantastic water display. As the title suggests, there is a chance the audience may get wet. It. 

Loz Samuels, Director and Producer of KAF, said: ” The Carpet Forest has proved to be very popular with our Arts Festival audiences, we are getting great feedback.

The installation has been an innovative way of interpreting the industry, releasing old memories and igniting interest from younger people. The Forest has sparked the imagination of new festival partners in the town and got everyone talking, it has also helped raise the profile of the event and open doors within the area. It’s been a huge undertaking for us as organisers and a challenge and opportunity for the artists who built it, Jo and Kate DeBurgh of PLANET.

We couldn’t have taken this project on without the support of Brintons Carpets. The carpet donated has enabled us to create something really special and relevant, taking us onto another level with commissioning work. This in turn helps us with our funding, the Arts Council value these types of partnerships and the extra funding has enabled the event to grow not only in physical size but also our ambition and credibility to manage bigger projects, which will help us develop in the future.

The access to Brintons archive was a great opportunity for our artists. Brintons have been incredibly helpful throughout the process making the creation of this work much more pleasurable, nothing has been too much trouble.

As director and producer of Kidderminster Arts Festival I’d like to extend a huge thanks to Brintons for giving us this great opportunity and I hope we can work together again in the future”.

Shadow and Fringe is now stocked in the UK

We are delighted to announce that we have launched our latest Australian stocked ranges – Shadow and Fringe in Europe.

Shadow and Fringe offers specifiers and end users a choice of sophisticated, high performance, contract specification Axminster carpets which have been designed specifically for hospitality and leisure applications.

The collections are available from stock and are perfect for quick-turnaround projects where timing is of the essence.

There is something for every style of interior – from melodic interlocking hoops for the cool and contemporary space, to architecturally-inspired mesh-structures which can be used to create mesmeric, daring spaces.

Woven in Brintons’ 80% wool, 20% nylon yarn blend at Brintons own manufacturing plants,Shadow and Fringe offers an expert flooring solution that is engineered to perform in the most demanding, heavy traffic areas.

Another piece of Brintons history preserved

Two Gripper Jacquard Axminster looms that were previously displayed in the reception area at the Brintons Exchange Street offices were unveiled in their new home at the Museum of Carpet in Kidderminster.

The Axminster looms that were built by Brintons engineer, Reg Bayliss, were cleaned and restored and put into glass display cases where they can be admired by carpet enthusiasts and historians for years to come. They were revealed by Reg’s twin sister, Dot Barrie, accompanied by Melvyn Thompson, Historian to Carpet Museum (and former Project Engineer at Brintons); Charles Talbot, Chairman of the Carpet Museum Trust.  Also present were Dave Maggs, Former Weaving Manager and a colleague of Reg; John Insull, another colleague who made some of the parts and Paula Kovacs, Museum Manager.

The Museum of Carpet is located in Stour Vale Mill, Kidderminster and is the only museum in the country dedicated to carpets and carpet making. For more information about the museum, please visit their websitewww.carpetmuseum.co.uk

Brintons presents new designers with special award

The New Designers Exhibition showcases newly graduated designers from all over the country. Every year the show helps thousands of graduates  launch their career at the spectacular Business Design Centre in London, Britain’s capital of design.

Brintons Designers Nikki Coates and Lois Norman went along to the show to select two talented graduates for a special award, which included a two week work placement at Brintons and a cash prize of ?250 each. Nikki and Lois awarded prizes to Wahyish Vong and Stephanie Rostron.

Stephanie is a Textile graduate from Leeds University, who had hand drawn a series of intricate botanical designs. Nikki Coates said “Stephanie was chosen because her work blew us away; such stunning drawings that showed she could not only draw exceptionally well, but with sure care and patience, she created stunning finished works of art.”

Wahyish Vong is a Textile graduate from Wolverhampton University. Nikki said ” Wahyish’s work caught our eye for her use of colour, her skill in repeating patterns and most importantly, the process she went through in order to achieve her final designs was very creative and it was very interesting where she took her inspiration from. She clearly had a lovely drawing hand which is one of the main skills we were looking for.”

Stephanie and Wahyish will spend two weeks at Brintons London Design Centre developing a collection of designs suitable for a hotel. This will include rugs for a reception area, an electronic jacquard design for a ballroom and an all over repeating design for public areas.

Wahyish and Stephanie were invited to the Brintons stand at the Coronation Festival, Buckingham Palace to accept their prizes from Spanish Designer Cristian Zuzunaga. Brintons has recently collaborated with Cristian on a runner for The Campaign for Wool event at Somerset House.

Brintons carpet dress featured on the Coronation Festival Catwalk

Brintons were delighted to participate in a fashion show dedicated to Royal Warrant holders at the Coronation Festival, staged in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.  

A 400 seat raised catwalk surrounded by a bed of flowers was the location of a series of unique fashion shows at the Coronation Festival. These exclusive shows told the story of British fashion and iconic style over the past sixty years, showcasing companies that have been awarded the prestigious Royal Warrant of Appointment.

A dress from Brintons “Some things in life wear better than others” campaign was selected by the organisers to feature on The Best of British Catwalk Show.

British designer Anthony Price created four carpet dresses for the campaign, which launched on the 20th January 1999 . The campaign was shot on location by Patrick Lichfield at the derelict St Pancras Chambers Hotel, London and featured Spanish fashion model Helena Barquila. 

Brintons unveiled as winner of Tomorrow’s Guestrooms Competition

Brintons have unveiled their winning designs to hundreds of industry and media professionals at Hotel ICON’s Tomorrow’s Guestrooms Competition Launch. With a view to set new standards for hoteliers globally, The School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University asked hotel suppliers to present the products that would shape guestrooms of the future.

Brintons was delighted to be crowned winner of designing the future of hotel carpets, presenting their pioneering High Definition Weave technology, which can weave up to 32 colours in a single Axminster carpet giving their customers unrivalled design definition and colour choice. Brintons was invited to display carpet for all three of Hotel ICON’s Tomorrow’s Guestrooms, and even supplied custom designed carpet for the hallway that connects the rooms.

The launch event took place on the 8th of July at SHTM and included a site visit to each of Hotel ICON’s Tomorrow’s Guestrooms. Each of the winning suppliers were given the opportunity to meet with industry professionals and the media to explain what makes their product worthy of winning their category.

Louis Sung, who was presented the award on behalf of Brintons Carpets at the launch event, said he has already received enormous positive feedback; “I would say that it was a pleasant surprise how well this event turned out. We have received a lot of positive feedback from the SHTM, Hotel ICON and many guests from the hotel industry. Our carpet really speaks for itself – it’s impressive not only in design, but in how we manufacture, and this was the perfect vehicle to show the world exactly that”.

Each of the three rooms were given a different theme; Technology, Well-being and Design. Brintons presented a futurist fingerprint design interspersed with graphic matrix-like coding for the Technology room. The second room, based on Well-Being features a tranquil water drop design. Focusing on calm colours, Brintons’ HD Weave technology gives definition to each ripple the illusion of walking on water. The third room focuses on Design, with Brintons incorporating a crisp flower in vibrant blues and whites to highlight their HD Weave capabilities.

All of the winning products and services will be tested and reviewed by guests of Hotel ICON for a period of six months, which is now open for reservation.

Behind the scenes at Brintons Rugs photoshoot

To mark the Coronation Festival, Brintons is launching a Coronation Rug Collection, drawn from genuine 1950’s hand painted designs within Brintons extensive archive, which include the Mimosa design by Matisse that also dates back to 1951. These are recoloured to bring you the original designs influenced by todays interior trends; retro style with modern colourations to fit perfectly in to the modern home.

We decided to photograph our beautiful new rug collection at Witley Court in Worcestershire. The vast remains of this palatial 19th century mansion, surrounded by magnificent landscaped gardens provided a dramatic backdrop for our stunning rugs. 

Brintons archive helps transform Royal Crescent Museum

The £5m renovation project at Bath’s iconic Georgian townhouse museum, No.1 Royal Crescent is now complete and the house is now open to the public once again.  The project included the purchase and restoration of the original servants’ wing at No.1A and its reconnection to the main house.

The Royal Crescent is a street of thirty terraced houses laid out in a sweeping crescent. It was designed by the architect John Wood the Younger and built between 1767 – 1774, it is among the greatest examples of Georgian architecture to be found in the United Kingdom. The first resident of No.1, Royal Crescent was Henry Sandford, a retired Irish MP who rented the house from 1776 until his death in Bath, in 1796.

No.1 Royal Crescent is now a historic house museum,  which depicts how wealthy owners of the late 18th century might have furnished and occupied such a house. It is owned and maintained by the Bath Preservation Trust. 

In the 20th century, the lease for No.1 was split with the original service wing being sold separately as No.1A Royal Crescent and it was used as a separate dwelling for many years. The Bath Preservation Trust has been working tirelessly during 2012/13 to reunite No.1 with its original servants’ wing at No.1A Royal Crescent to extend its historic house museum and provide better educational and visitor facilities and additional exhibition space.

In June 2013, No.1 Royal Crescent was reunited with its original servants’ wing next door. As a result the size of the museum has doubled, giving visitors a much richer insight into the life of residents in the late 18th century – both above and below stairs – whilst bringing the building up to modern standards.

Brintons Archivist, Yvonne Smith, has worked closely with the curators of the museum to identify carpet designs which were authentic to the Georgian period. Designs were chosen from Brintons extensive archive which dates back to 1790. It is one of the world’s largest commercial design archives and historical pattern libraries in the industry. Designs were chosen for The Parlour, Gentlemen’s Retreat  Lady’s bedroom, Grand staircase and landing areas. 

Ian Barton, Brintons Commercial Business Manager also worked with Yvonne on bringing this exciting project in to fruition. 

Brintons supports Chelsea College of Art and Design Graduate Show

Ffion Griffith, a final year weave student at the Chelsea College of Art and Design, London approached Brintons for some help with her degree show in June. Ffion wanted some woven carpets made, which were based on her fabric designs and we were only too happy to help. Dr Mike Burton, Brintons Engineering R&D Manager worked with Ffion to make her designs a reality.

The focus of Ffion’s project was to use wool in woven products such as blankets and upholstery fabric. Visually, she based the designs on a re-interpretation of traditional Welsh weaving techniques, which are rapidly disappearing as more mills are unfortunately closing. Ffion wanted to raise awareness of the wealth of British skill which would be lost if techniques such as Welsh double-cloth ceased to exist.

Ffion recently met the Prince of Wales and was given the opportunity to discuss her concerns, the Prince gave her his assurance that the industry can be promoted and hopefully preserved by the efforts of young designers like her.

Ffion visited Wool House at Somerset House in March this year and was impressed by our collaboration with designer Cristian Zuzunaga. Brintons worked with Cristian to produce a 100 foot runner for the event which was curated by the Campaign for Wool. Ffion was inspired by the colour and graphical nature of the runner which she felt gave it great presence. It was with this in mind that she began thinking how her woven fabrics would lend themselves well to a larger scale as they too are quite bold and feature angular patterning.

Ffion was delighted with the carpets that Brintons produced of her designs and her final year degree show was a great success.

Brintons and LINLEY celebrate the launch of the Skyline carpet

Brintons and LINLEY have collaborated to transform Burlington Arcade’s iconic carpet runway. For the first time in history, a highly anticipated design featuring 92 iconic buildings from around the world, has replaced the traditional 180-metre carpet which runs the full length of the arcade.

The new carpet was unveiled on Monday 17th June by The Rt Hon Hugo Swire MP, Minister of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, with Burlington Arcade’s famous Beadles – the liveried guards wearing frock coats and braided top hats who have policed the Arcade since 1819.

This is the fruit of a collaboration between internationally renowned bespoke furniture and interior design company LINLEY and Brintons Carpets, who have united their talents to welcome international visitors to London’s most iconic shopping arcade.

Following a year when the eyes of the world were on London, thanks to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympic Games, shops in Burlington Arcade celebrated a 42% increase in purchases from international visitors, helping to cement its position as a worldwide shopping destination.

Keeping the international spotlight firmly on London’s famous shopping experience, Burlington Arcade commissioned Brintons and LINLEY, to create a brand new, bespoke carpet that runs the full length of the longest and most beautiful covered shopping arcade in Britain. The focus of the design is to welcome international visitors to the luxury landmark, landmark, whilst acting as a showcase for British creativity, wit and design.

The contemporary design features iconic structures from every continent around the world; from bridges to cultural venues and centres of industry and business. Whilst contemporary, the design is still very much connected to traditional LINLEY marquetry and furniture and exemplifies architecture and heritage.

The design includes the Eiffel Tower in Paris, St Pauls Cathedral in London, Italy’s Duomo di Milano, Reichstag in Berlin, Seattle’s Space Needle, New York’s Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and Guggenheim Museum, the Christ Redeemer in Rio, the Sydney Opera House, Moscow’s Dormition Cathedral, The Aspire Tower in Doha, India’s Taj Mahal, China’s Pearl TV Tower and Forbidden City and The Sail in Singapore.

The carpet also features a few design surprises, and visitors who look carefully might see Mary Poppins flying over the London skyline, Quasimodo make an appearance in Paris and King Kong on New York’s Empire State Building.

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said: “As well as its reputation for heritage and culture, London offers unbeatable shopping, which draws people from across the globe and brings in millions to our economy. Burlington Arcade is one of the capital’s great treasures of shopping and this marvellous rug showcases great British design and manufacture. It’s a magic carpet ride across iconic buildings from around the world that will add to the arcade’s allure for Londoners and tourists alike”.

Carpets fit for a Duchess

Brintons have supplied 21,000 sqm2 of custom Axminster carpet for a new super liner which is to be named and launched by the Duchess of Cambridge in June.

The Duchess will be the Godmother to Princess Cruises’ Royal Princess and will attend the ship’s naming ceremony in Southampton on June 13th, this will be the highlight of week-long inaugural celebrations to welcome the vessel into service. The spectacular ceremony will uphold British ship-naming traditions including the blessing, a performance by the Royal Marines Band and the pipers of the Irish Guards.

The 3,600-passenger Royal Princess is a new-generation cruise ship. Among the special features found on board will be a greatly expanded atrium, the social hub of the ship; an over-water SeaWalk, a top-deck glass-bottomed walkway extending 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship; plush private poolside cabanas that appear to be floating on water; the largest pastry shop at sea and a special Chef’s Table Lumiere, a private dining experience that surrounds diners in a curtain of light.

Brintons’ winning designs for the future of hotel carpet
Brintons have won a global competition to carpet Tomorrow?s Guestrooms. The School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University joined forces with Hotel ICON to invite hotel suppliers and providers to compete on design, technology and well-being, and have their products and services displayed in three of Hotel ICON?s Tomorrow?s Guestrooms.

Brintons have won a global competition to carpet Tomorrow?s Guestrooms. The School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University joined forces with Hotel ICON to invite hotel suppliers and providers to compete on design, technology and well-being, and have their products and services displayed in three of Hotel ICON?s Tomorrow?s Guestrooms.

With tough competition from around the globe, Brintons has managed to win not only the right to carpet one of Tomorrow?s Guestrooms, but in fact all three Guestrooms available. Brintons, using their own pioneering High Definition Weave technology, can weave up to 32 colours in a single Axminster carpet giving their customers unrivalled design definition and colour choice.

The first room, with the theme of Technology, will feature a futuristic fingerprint design interspersed with graphic matrix-like coding. The second room, based on Well-Being has a wonderfully tranquil and peaceful water drop design. Focusing on calm colours, Brintons? HD Weave technology gives definition to each ripple the illusion of walking on water. While the third room focuses on Design, Brintons has incorporated a crisp flower in vibrant blues and whites to highlight their HD Weave capabilities.

Entrants were reviewed by an expert panel and winners are granted the unique opportunity for their products to be tested and researched in three dedicated guestrooms at Hong Kong?s one-of-a-kind teaching and research hotel – Hotel ICON, for a period of six months.

Brintons Managing Director Don Coates was elated to hear the news; “Brintons? success is built on staying one step ahead in both manufacturing and design innovation. Our High Definition Weave technology allows us to create flooring solutions that no one else can achieve. We have dedicated design teams around the world working with our clients to produce the most breathtaking designs. We are delighted to have won all three categories in this global competition.”

“The best way to predict the future is to create it,” said Professor Kaye Chon, Dean and Chair Professor of SHTM. “Through these dedicated guestrooms, the School is creating a „House of Innovation? not only for the benefit of education and research but also for the advancement of the entire hotel industry,” he noted.

The SHTM and Hotel ICON are planning a launch event at Hotel ICON in Hong Kong, currently scheduled for early July 2013.

Celebrate Clerkenwell Design Week 2013 with Brintons

With an exciting 2013 ahead, Brintons newly refurbished showroom will be a hub of creative activity at this weeks Clerkenwell Design Week (21st– 23rd May) and a must see for design savvy visitors.

With a whole host of exciting events taking place at the London Design Centre, Brintons inspiring line up makes this design festival one not to be missed. Taking place in the heart of the UK’s design industry, Brintons will be exhibiting a series of workshops and talks showcasing the very latest collections and designs.

With plenty to see and do, one of the highlights of Clerkenwell Design Week will certainly be the Timorous Beasties & Brintons Archive discussion forum. Enjoy drinks and canapes during three separate talks being held on Thursday 23rd May with the prestigious Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons from Timorous Beasties who will be joined by John Bain, Brintons Global Design Director to talk through the design collections they have collaborated on.

With a Brintons dedicated Archivist also in attendance to give a talk, visitors will be able to gain an insight into the impressive heritage of the brand with an extensive collection of textile designs dating back to 1790. Sure to be an immensely popular event, RSVP is essential.

Guests can put their creativity to the test on the first day of the festival and be in with a chance of winning tickets to the Coronation festival taking place in July. Entrants will be asked to paint a section of the Union Jack, with the most impressive design walking away with the coveted prize.

Be sure to add the below dates to your diary to avoid missing out on what is set to be the place to be seen at this weeks Clerkenwell Design Week.

Novae

Brintons most recent in house design collection, explores artistic oppositions by blending design histories, past & present, creating an entirely new era of design.

Novae seamlessly infuses both symbolic tribal ornament & the geometric sophistication of                post-modern design.

The future of surface design is melting pot of what has come before us. We are now challenged to assemble new patterns by synchronizing these counterparts with fearless creativity.

Nova, by definition, is a star which increases in brightness. Brintons, by innovation, strives to expand the possibilities of Axminster design.

Brintons Linley runner – Burlington Arcade

The Burlington Arcade in Mayfair, London is set to replace its traditional 180-metre carpet, which runs the full length of the arcade with a new highly anticipated secret design. 

Situated between Bond Street and Piccadilly, Burlington Arcade is one of the world’s oldest and most celebrated shopping arcades. Built in 1819 by Lord George Cavendish, younger brother of the 5th Duke of Devonshire and designed by Samuel Ware, the arcade has a rich and varied history and is the world’s first covered shopping area.

World renowned bespoke furniture and interior designer LINLEY were commissioned by the Burlington Arcade to design the runner (which took over 250 hours to design) and Brintons were chosen to make the stunning design in to a reality.

The new runner will be unveiled at a special event held at the Burlington Arcade on June 17th. 
Designer Matthew Jer from Linley, visited Brintons HQ and manufacturing plant in Kidderminster, Worcestershire to see the runner being produced on our High Definition looms.

Brintons supports L.K. Bennett autumn/winter preview event

Brintons were delighted to support luxury British fashion house L.K. Bennett by providing a large Timourous Beasties Rug for a press event they were hosting to preview their Autumn/Winter collection.

The event was held at L.K. Bennett’s head office, in Cavendish Square, London between the 9th – 12th April.

L.K. Bennett has  established itself at the forefront of fashion, offering elegant collections of shoes, clothes and accessories. Favoured by celebrities such as Kate Middleton, Angelina Jolie and Rosamund Pike, L.K. Bennett rapidly became the ultimate destination for elegant footwear leading to the introduction of clothing collections in 1998.

Brintons have been working with L.K. Bennett since 2009 and have supplied custom Hand Tufted rugs to their stores throughout the UK.
Timorous Beasties Rug – design number 1/T1999RC, Circle Grey, featured in the Brintons Timorous Beasties Rug Brochure.

Brinton invests in UK

Brintons Carpets shows commitment to UK manufacturing by selecting its Kidderminster plant for the next phase of expansion of its High Definition Weave technology. Brintons also plans to expand its spinning facility in Telford, and has announced the launch of the Apprenticeship programme. Brintons will be recruiting around 8 apprentices between the Telford and Kidderminster sites.

As the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality woven carpets, Brintons MD, Don Coates reflects on what sets Brintons apart from the competition, “Our brand reputation is built on design innovation, product excellence, technical expertise and customer focus; it’s essential we continue to invest in all of these areas to ensure our future success.” High Definition Weave is pioneering technology developed by Brintons and allows us to weave carpets and rugs in up to 32 colours, giving our customers unrivalled design definition and colour choice.

Brintons manufactures in the UK, Portugal and India, having made the decision to sell its Chinese operation last year to focus on existing plants. Brintons employs over 500 people in the UK across its Kidderminster and Telford sites and this latest investment will create new jobs in both locations. Investing in the UK will bring a real boost to not only the local economy, but also to British carpet making as a whole. Brintons has a strong owner backing management and funding growth through investment and acquisition. The intention is to build on Brintons’ illustrious heritage, ensuring this 230-year-old brand maintains its worldwide leadership position.

CAMP REVAMP

Flamboyantly playful

Camp Revamp, the latest Axminster Carpet collection by Stacy Garcia for Brintons, delivers a rebellious sophistication, taking ideas from naive imagery and ‘shocking’ excess. Purposefully ironic, and exaggerated; the concept was developed off a trend the Stacy Garcia design studio dubbed “Unapologetically Fun”. Camp Revamp will be unveiled at the HD Expo May 2013. 

Unapologetically Fun bursts from a desire to lose all inhibition, and an ambition to live life in good humor and delight.

Inspiration for Camp Revamp can be found in iconic tokens. Think, fuzzy dice, pink flamingos and low-budget science fiction movies. What could be more fun? Debuting next month. 

Clerkenwell Design Week – calendar of events

We are pleased to announce that we are hosting a series of exciting events at our newly refurbished London Design Centre to celebrate Clerkenwell Design Week.

Tuesday, 21st May – Union Jack competition,  session at 11am and 3pm – Entrants will be supplied with a canvas and given the opportunity to showcase their artistic talents by painting a section of the Union Jack, which will be joined together to make the Union Jack incorporating the Brintons strapline “making the world a more beautiful place”. The entrant who creates the most impressive design will win a pair of tickets to the Coronation Festival held at Buckingham Palace in July.

22nd May – Hat making workshop,  sessions at 11am and 3pm – create a design for a Brintons bowler hat, entrants who have a flair for design or feel they could produce an inspirational hat will be given the opportunity to win a pair of tickets to the Coronation Festival. 

23rd May – Timorous Beasties & Brintons Archive discussion forum, sessions at 12pm, 3pm and 6pm.  Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons from Timorous Beasties will be joined by John Bain, Brintons Global Design Director to give a talk on the design collections we have collaborated on. Following this Brintons dedicated Archivist will give an insight in to our extensive collection of textile designs, which dates back to 1783. Starts at 6pm, RSVP required for this event (please email sldraper@brintons.co.uk for further details).

The Carpet Museum opens in Kidderminster

The Museum of Carpet has officially opened within a stunning Grade II listed 19th-century Stour Vale Mill. The Brintons team was proud to be invited to opening and was one of the first to witness this exciting, interactive museum complete with Carpet Archive, Library and working looms.

Some 20 volunteers, many of whom were former factory workers in the area, have worked tirelessly for up to 30 years to fund and equip the museum.

Brintons have donated many items which form part of the museum’s exhibits including a dress designed by Vivienne Westwood made from Brintons carpet. A bespoke runner, which illustrates the timeline for carpet manufacturer and design within the area as well as images from Brintons own archives.

New Commercial Website

Brintons new commercial website makes a leap forward – we’ve listened to what our customers want and made the whole experience a real pleasure.

The new commercial site is easier to navigate, more informative and incredibly social. Our revolutionary clipping tool makes it so easy to share information, simply clip what you like and share it with us or the world.

When you’re rushed we want to make sure you find what you want quickly, so we’ve spent lots of time testing the navigation – search by sector, by collection or even by colour – the choice is yours. And when you’re on the go, the website adapts so you can view it on your mobile device easily with all the functionality of the main site.

Best of all we want you to keep in touch, so have an up-to-date blog and links to our Facebook page, Linked In and Pinterest boards which have been created by our designers around the world.
Come and interact – and see for yourself how Brintons are making the world a more beautiful place. We hope you enjoy using and sharing the site as much as we’ve enjoyed building it.

Creating a new design statement with Vector

Driven by our desire to inspire, we have introduced a fresh approach to sharing new patterns for commercial floors with our latest online design collection – Vector.

Vector is an online gallery of fresh, never seen before designs mixed in with some classic themes which reflect current and emerging world wide interior design trends.

Our designers from across the globe have come together to develop a comprehensive collection of designs resourced from their own creative ideas and inspired by the work they have been doing with the A&D community. Inspiration has also been drawn from the wider interior design community; from emerging trends in fabrics, soft furnishings and interior finishes, as well as the latest colour trend research. Engaging in this holistic approach to design development positions Vector as an integral part of an A&D’s armoury as they seek to develop ‘total interior concepts’.

The collection is continually being updated – with each new chapter reflecting colour and design statements from a particular region or artistic genre. The first chapter, largely influenced by European interiors trends, offers four distinct style statements within a delicate neutral colour palette. In contrast Chapter two bursts with design and colour that ‘pops’ reflecting the vibrancy and diversity of trends across the Asia Pacific region.

Vector is also available as a Ready to Weave Collection, provided the designs are selected and coloured using the exciting and versatile Ready to Weave colour palette of 36 colours, for those inevitable occasions where a short turnaround time is essential. Carpet can be woven within 4 – 6 weeks following placement of order.

Colour and design trends for 2012-13

To respond to local design trends Brintons employs a talented team of designers, strategically placed around the globe, who are passionate about all aspects of art and design. We are continuously on the look-out for upcoming trends in interiors (fabrics, wall coverings and paints) and emerging influences on fashion, lifestyle, culture and the commercial sector.

Brintons designers harness this diverse array of inspiration to create mood boards which give a snapshot of what is current, falling, rising and up-and-coming in future style statements. We use these mood boards to define the next generation of products, colour and design styles.

All of our designers engage and share in this process, to ensure that our products are completely up-to-date with world-wide trends in all of the markets we operate in, remain relevant and on trend in local markets and most importantly reflect the needs of our clients.

Brintons global design team have come together to identify five emerging colour and design trends for hospitality and commercial interior floors for 2012-13:

1. Super-scale patterns: Small-scale designs which have long been the staple of hotel guestrooms and corridors have been superseded by more dramatic, large scale patterns. This trend is proving popular in helping hotels to achieve a true design statement, allowing them to express their own personality and create a visitor experience which is truly unique.
2. Quirky combinations: An emerging trend for 2012-13 is to ‘mix it up’. There is no need to be regimented in committing to a particular theme or colour palette for your interior. Themes are less obvious and less formulaic. Combining the unexpected introduces a quirkiness and element of surprise to make an interior instantly memorable. An interesting trend is for non matching floor tiles. It sounds wrong, but in fact it looks amazing with the right designs.
3. Elemental colour with electrifying accents: 2013 will be a time to celebrate the beauty of nature. Colour palettes will take on a cooler tone with deep charcoals emerging in interiors. Greys tinged with green will also come through strong. Natural order will prevail and simple suggestions of classic stone, ivory and taupe will balance deeper earthy tones. Accent colours will inject life into natural palettes. Zesty limes, fiery paprika and punchy plums teals will add interest and drama to an interior space. 
4. A new direction for monochromes: Black, charcoal, grey and pure white in classic large designs creates a modern interior ambience but still celebrates pattern by mixing large scale damasks with smaller repeating designs. This interior backdrop is brought to life with brights of pure colours in individual accents in special feature pieces.
5. Architectural simplicity: Pure design and clean graphics influenced by architecture will infuse interiors in the coming months. In carpets a combination of geometric and organic textures and layered effects will be prominent.

Brintons Carpets get Spiced Up

The Spice Girls have reunited once more on the staircase which proved to be their step to stardom. It is the first time the group has been together since they completed their 2008 reunion tour as they launched Viva Forever, a stage musical inspired by their songs which has been written by Jennifer Saunders.

The staircase at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London famously featured in the video for the band’s debut single Wannabe. When it was filmed in 1996, the property was unoccupied but it has now been lavishly refurbished as the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. The girls – Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton, Victoria Beckham, Mel C and Mel B – looked similarly elegant as they lined up on the grand staircase carpet which was developed by Brintons using period design material from our own archive in Kidderminster as inspiration.

Viva Forever will feature chart hits recorded by the group during their years of chart domination in the late 1990s and is due to open at the Piccadilly Theatre in London’s West End on December 11.

Birmingham Made Me Expo

Brintons Carpets will be exhibiting at Birmingham’s first design EXPO in well over 100 years.

The EXPO, which is being held at the Mailbox, the premier shopping centre in Birmingham, June 15th-22nd, has been organised by IDEA Birmingham founder members with the support of the Mailbox.

The Birmingham Made Me Expo will be showcasing some of the best-known Midlands brands including – Jaguar Land Rover, AGA Rangemaster, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Glenn Howells Architects, Brintons, Triumph Motorcycles and Emma Bridgewater.

This celebration of design and innovation includes interactive features, exhibitions and seminars from celebrated manufacturers and designers supported by a wealth of new talent showcasing innovations for the future.

Brintons supports Campaign for Wool

Brintons Carpets is proudly supporting the Campaign for Wool by producing a bespoke runway carpet that forms part of the groundbreaking ‘Wool Modern’ exhibition – a celebration of wool in the 21st century.

Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall officially opened the ‘Wool Modern’ exhibition with an audience of fashion, interior design and wool industry representatives.

Brintons draws attention to the role that wool plays in the production of our wool-rich Axminster carpets at the official launch on 7th September 2011, in a collaboration with Erdem and the British Wool Marketing Board to produce a bespoke runway carpet (2m x 30m) that ran the length of the arcade leading up to the La Galleria venue in Pall Mall, London.

“The trends that we see on the catwalk don’t just filter into our wardrobes, they also have a significant impact on interior design,” said John Bain, Brintons’ Global Design Director. “Working with such a renowned design house such as Erdem provided the perfect collaboration for the Wool Modern exhibition, combining Brintons’ great wool heritage with Erdem’s iconic fashion prints”.

High Definition Weave

Much more than a design collection….

Brintons pushes the boundaries of technical development further than any other carpet manufacturer with our revolutionary 24-color ‘High Definition Weave’ offer.

To illustrate this outstanding technical capability, Brintons has launched an inspirational collection that includes designs with photo-realistic and three-dimensional definition. These designs will allow interior designers to create a range of new floorscapes that have never been achievable before.

Following the launch of Brintons High Definition Weave we are proud to win Interior Design Best of the Year 2011 award for our collection in the Carpet / Broadloom category.

Design styles

With hundreds of carpets to choose from, we’ve tried to make things simple by dividing our carpets into patterns and plains.

Pattern carpets, as the name suggests, feature designs in a number of colours. Modern or classic, simple or more intricate, they are all beautiful.

Our plain carpets are anything but ‘plain’. They may feature one colour or a combination of similar shades but subtle variations can make all the difference to your decorating scheme. You can also add to the statement with your choice of finish as these ranges include velvet and twist carpets.

Carpet trends

Keeping an eye on interior fashions and flooring trends, and indeed helping to shape new ones, is a key function of the Brintons design team.

Read about contemporary carpet design and colour trends; find flooring inspiration along with the latest ideas and thoughts of carpet designers and other contributors.

Measuring your room

It is helpful to have your room dimensions with you when looking for a new carpet so you can plan your budget and choose the best quality floorcovering you can afford.

Below is a quick guide to help with your initial estimation. Your local retailer or qualified carpet fitter will usually provide a final measure before placing your order. 

Draw out the shape of your room 
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Measure length (1) x width (2)

Measure the maximum length and width at the rooms’ widest points. This is important so the correct number of repeats or length can be calculated. 

Multiply the width measurement by the length measurement to give you an idea of the total square metres required (carpet prices are per square metre), e.g. 2m x 4m = 8m². To work out an approximate price take the carpet square metre price e.g. £40.00 and multiply it by your total square metres:   £40.00 x 8m² = £320.00.

Measure any indentations (3 and 4)
If the room is not a regular shape, make sure that you measure the size of any indentations, e.g. fireplace, bay window etc. This is important so that all of the carpet you buy can be utilised effectively, helping you to minimise cost and wastage. 

Measure to the ‘back’ of the door frame (5)
It is important to allow enough carpet to be fitted under the door threshold otherwise unsightly gaps would be created. 

Don’t forget underlay and fitting costs!
Once you have this information your retailer will be able to look at guides to the overall cost including the recommended underlay and fitting estimations. Measuring the room in the way above will help when planning the most economical way to use the carpet, as items like Bell Twist are available in different widths.

Pattern Match
When estimating for patterned carpet you need to remember to order sufficient material to fulfil critical pattern match requirements.

Underlay

Brinfelt underlay

To complement our extensive range of carpets, Brintons also offers its own underlay. Brinfelt is a eco-friendly felt and crumb rubber underlay and underfelt; which is manufactured using our recycled yarn and thread waste, and the rubber crumb from recycled tyres, Brinfelt is not only good for your carpet, but also kind on the environment.

Brinfelt is a 65oz rubber crumb product available in rolls of 10m2, with a tog rating of 2.3 tog (Thermal Resistance B.S. 475) it is suitable for both ‘luxury domestic’ and ‘heavy contract’ use.

Our underlay provides the right balance between underfoot comfort and support to your carpet. Perfect to use throughout the home, it performs well on halls, stairs and other high traffic areas. Due to its composition, it is excellent for sound insulation and retaining heat in a room.

General guidelines on underlays for residential use
Carpets are installed on a wide variety of underlays and whilst we know that in the majority of cases an acceptable performance of carpet and underlay may be achieved, careful choice of underlay can actually enhance the performance of the carpet. We acknowledge that there is a balance to be achieved between providing the right underfoot comfort and the right support to the carpet, and from our experience and evaluation of various underlays we would make the following points.

Benefits of firmer underlays

  • These give added protection to the carpet against the hard subfloor during normal walking.
  • Indentations from furniture will be less severe where the carpet is fitted on a firm underlay.
  • Firmer underlays will prevent excessive vertical movement and stretching of the carpet in use and will therefore help to prevent rucking problems.

Comments on softer underlays

  • Soft, low density underlays do not give adequate support in heavy wear areas as the carpet pile is effectively squashed against the subfloor, accelerating wear and appearance changes.
  • A softer product will collapse under the pressure and allow the carpet backing to be distorted, preventing good recovery and making indentations more severe.
  • Thicker, softer products have been seen to create dimensional stability problems in some installations where the carpet has stretched due to the excessive vertical movement as the underlay is compressed during normal use. This can cause particular problems on seams.

In our experience it is false economy to fit new carpet over old or softer, cheaper underlay. As already mentioned, carpet needs to have as firm a support as possible in order to achieve its maximum performance. An old flattened or new soft underlay will not be capable of providing adequate support to the carpet.

Brintons preferred types of underlay

  • Firm crumb rubber underlays or high density supportive foam. 
  • Good quality hair felts minimum weight 42oz per square yard.
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  • Felt/rubber combinations in the form of a sandwich are also recommended as these combine the support of the felt with a softer “bouncier” feel during walking.

Thick, softer foam with holes, egg box or waffle type backings and lightweight felts are not recommended.

Choice of underlay for stairs
The choice of underlay on stairs is particularly important and, again, firmer products are needed to give a good cushion and support the carpet. Crumb rubber and felt combination products help to “round out” the stair nosing preventing premature wear and will at the same time give a better, more rounded appearance to each stair.

Equalising wear on stairs
In most households, the carpet on the stairs receives the heaviest wear. The wear is usually concentrated towards the centre of the stairs and the carpet over the nosing takes the greatest punishment. For this reason, it is recommended that a stair carpet should receive special attention to equalise the wear over its lifetime. The retailer/fitter will be able to advise on the best approach to this in any particular installation. The most common approach on a straight staircase is to allow an extra length of carpet, equivalent to the riser and tread (about 0.46m or 18 inches) so that the carpet can be shifted periodically. Where shifting is not possible, consideration should be given to the purchase of sufficient material to replace of areas of high wear, e.g. turning points at the top and bottom stairs or on half landings. It is a good idea to take a look at your existing carpet on the stairs to see which ones show signs of the most wear.

Underfloor heating

Underfloor heating has become increasingly popular in recent times. The claimed advantages of energy efficiency combined with this obviously comfortable heat source means it is being specified for many new homes, particularly in the self-build sector and in many commercial developments.

Can carpet be used with underfloor heating?
The Carpet Foundation carried out some research in conjunction with the Underfloor Heating Manufacturers Association (UHMA) and this proved conclusively that most carpet can be used over underfloor heating systems without impairing the performance of the system. The research showed that a carpet/underlay with a combined thermal resistance of less than 2.5 togs allows underfloor systems to operate efficiently. However we always recommend the information on the tog values (see below) for your choice of underlay/carpet is given to the heating manufacturer so they can ensure that the heating system can perform correctly.

Suitability of Brintons carpets
Brintons carpets are suitable for use with underfloor heating systems at the normal operating temperature of 27°C, it must however be appreciated that all carpets and tiles act as thermal insulation materials and this means that carpeted flooring takes slightly longer to get warm initially, but stays warm longer. The choice of underlay and installation method is also critical for best performance from the heating system. Carpets and underlays resist the transfer of heat to a lesser or greater degree and this “thermal resistance value” can be measured as a “tog” value. 

Typical Brintons 80% wool/20% nylon carpets have a tog value between 1.0 and 2.2. We can offer test reports in accordance with BS 4745 2-plate test from BTTG Shirley, Manchester.

Types of underfloor heating systems
There are a variety of underfloor systems available and the manufacturers tend to recommend different maximum tog values. Brintons always recommends that you consult with the heating manufacturer to ensure that the carpet/underlay combined tog value is suitable for the system. 

  • Water pipes buried in screed
    With an underfloor system which uses water pipes buried in screed, the maximum acceptable combined tog value of the carpet and underlay is often given as 2.5 tog or even higher. Brintons carpets are generally suitable for use over this type of system (Check with heating manufacturer).
  • Electric heating cables buried in screed or within a suspended timber floor
    These systems have a greater tendency to overheat with thicker floor coverings and for this reason a maximum tog value of 1.5 may have to be adhered to (Check with heating manufacturer).
  • Electric heating mats set on top of a structural floor
    These products are generally only recommended for use under tiled or other hard floors. If, however, carpet/underlay is installed then suppliers of these types of matting would generally recommend that they should be covered by a flexible adhesive/levelling compound before any floor coverings are laid. This is to prevent the underlay/carpet moulding itself to the levels of the shape of cables in the matting so that they can be seen in the carpet. The maximum tog value quoted by the system manufacturer should be adhered to.

Guidelines for installation of carpets and underlay
As a general rule Double Stick installation systems are recommended to provide close contact between the floor, underlay and carpet allowing better heat transfer and to avoid uneven heating pockets.

Choice of underlay
There is a balance to be sought in the choice of underlay. The underlay used should allow adequate heat to pass through the floor covering into the room space above, whilst also giving the carpet adequate support to enhance the carpet’s performance over its lifetime.

Thermal resistance values of underlays
The thermal resistance of underlay is dependant on a number of factors, the most important being what it is made of and its thickness. Felt, which is not normally recommended, has a greater thermal resistance than crumb rubber. Generally thinner rubber products perform best. Tog values of underlays vary considerably. Typical tog values for felt underlays (which are not normally suitable) would be in the order of 2.5 to 2.9 togs. System Ten (Duralay) has a value of 1.55 togs, but is generally considered to be too thick to perform satisfactorily with underfloor heating.

Durafit (Duralay) is 1.09.

Roma and Silver Lining (Ball & Young) have values of 0.8 and 1.5 togs respectively.

Duralay have a range of underlays specifically designed for underfloor heating called Heatflow, for domestic and commercial use. The tog values are 0.75 and 0.92. The 0.75 tog domestic product is for stretch installation and the 0.92 tog product is for stretch or Double Stick installations.

Two of our preferred underlays both from the point of view of carpet performance and for low tog values are Gates Technics 5 (tog value of 0.5) and Technics 6 (tog value 0.63). Both are Double Stick underlays.

Adhesives/tackifiers
Normal tackifiers and adhesives such as F Ball F41 & F3, are suitable for use at the normal average surface operating temperature of 29°C. However, it is important to ensure that the heating is switched off for 48 hours prior to installation and for 48 hours afterwards. In addition, after installation the heating should be brought up to full working temperature over a period of 7 days.

Wooden subfloor
Where the carpet is due to be laid on a wooden subfloor, it is very important to ensure that adequate time has been allowed for the wood to condition whilst the underfloor heating is running, to avoid variability in dimension from changes in moisture levels. We have heard of carpet fitted by the Double Stick method on floating wooden floors where there has been considerable problems with bubbling. Brintons cannot be held responsible for rucking or shrinkage of carpet and underlay caused by movement in the underlying floor surface. We advise that on floating floor installations, it would be better to fit by a traditional stretch and fit method so that the carpet can be easily taken up and restretched or refitted if dimensional changes occur.

This information is given as a service to our customers only. Suppliers of the flooring timbers, underlays and adhesives together with the underfloor heating manufacturer should be made aware of the combined tog values of the carpet/underlay so that the correct settings and calculations can be used.

Carpet care

New Carpet

It will not harm your carpet if you vacuum it as soon as it has been laid and at regular intervals after that, even if it does not look particularly dirty. A new carpet will contain some short fibres which will be removed by vacuuming. The amount of short fibre which is removed from the carpet in the first few weeks after installation can look very dramatic, but it is in reality only a very small proportion of the pile weight and will in no way affect the carpets performance.

Regular cleaning will help to keep your Brintons carpet looking good for years!

Here are a few tips to help:

Barrier mats
Barrier mats are used to help keep your carpet clean. All types of flooring get dirty although some show soiling more than others. Wool rich carpets, because of the nature of the wool fibre, will generally hide soiling better than synthetic products and will also be easier to clean. However, it is a good idea to use small mats or an offcut of your new carpet in kitchen doorways or in other areas where the carpet is next to a hard floor to prevent greasy spots spreading to the carpet. Doorways where there is street access will also benefit from a small offcut or rug. Please remember to keep these mats clean so that soil does not spread onto the carpet.

Vacuuming
Vacuuming is the most important thing you can do to keep your carpet clean. You cannot over vacuum a carpet! Brintons recommend an upright vacuum cleaner with a cylindrical brushing action or a cylinder vacuum cleaner with a power-brush attachment, for cut pile carpets such as our patterned Axminster ranges and for Majestic, Finepoint and Bell Twist.

Spillages and stains
Important: Never rub or over wet your carpet when trying to remove marks

It is very important to clean up spillages as soon as they occur. 

Do not rub as this will roughen & untwist the pile

  • Solid residues should be gently removed by scraping with a knife. 
  • Greasy residues can be treated with an oil/grease remover sprayed onto an absorbent cloth. Blot frequently but do not rub. 
  • Liquid spillages should be blotted up as far as possible with a clean, white cloth or absorbent tissue. Then use a WoolSafe-Approved shampoo solution or trouble shooter spray for upholstery and carpet. Moisten the area of the stain and then blot thoroughly with clean tissue or cloths. Repeat as necessary and allow to dry thoroughly before walking on the area. A wet suction vacuum cleaner can also be used to remove spillages and the trouble shooter spray from the carpet. Do not use water in the machine however, as you do not want to over wet the carpet.

Please see our Stain Wizard for specific spillage and stain removal. If in doubt consult a professional cleaning company. Brintons recommend the use of WoolSafe-Approved Operators and Chemicals for the professional removal of stains.

Professional cleaning methods
To maintain the appearance of carpet, professional overall cleaning is sometimes beneficial.

A number of systems are available as follows:

a. Absorbent Powder – Suitable for use on Brintons carpets
In this system, impregnated compound is spread evenly over the surface of the carpet and brushed in with cylindrically rotating brushes. Once the powder is dry, it is vacuumed up using a very strong vacuum cleaner.

b. Dri Foam (cylindrical) – Suitable for use on Brintons carpets
A low crystallising shampoo solution is fed from a container onto cylindrically rotating brushes, which are closely followed by an extraction device. Once dry, thorough vacuuming is required to remove the dried residue from the pile.

c. Dri Foam (rotary) – This system is not recommended for Brintons carpets
Based on the floor buffing system, with slower head rotation, either rotary brushes or absorbent pads are used. The shampoo solution is applied to the machine pads or sprayed onto the surface of the carpet and the machine is moved over the surface. The treated pad absorbs soil from the carpet and holds it until the pad is next cleaned. Unfortunately this system has a roughening and flattening effect so is not considered suitable for Brintons carpet.

Deep cleaning
Hot Water Extraction – Suitable for use on Brintons carpets
This is generally considered the most effective method for overall cleaning of carpets. It is basically a spray and extract system using a weighted head tool or one with integral cylindrically rotating brushes. Shampoo solution is sprayed into the pile of the carpet and vacuumed back into the machine by the vacuum head, which pass immediately behind the sprays.

Brintons recommend the use of WoolSafe-Approved Operators and Chemicals for the professional removal of stains.

This advice is offered as a service to Customers, and Brintons Carpets Limited will not be liable for loss or damage or injury arising out of any action taken based on this advice.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we get asked. If you have another question that isn’t covered here then please contact us.

Pre Purchase
Can you confirm the suitability of Brintons carpets in my home? Our superior quality standards mean Brintons carpets are suitable for Heavy Domestic use or higher. The exact suitability is shown against each item on the website so simply click on your chosen carpet to see all the specification details.

Which underlay should I use for my Brintons carpet? Choice of underlay can make a noticeable difference to the performance of the carpet. To help we have produced some general guidelines onunderlays for residential use.

Are Brintons carpets mothproofed? All of our wool rich stock ranges are treated during the production process with a chemical that provides resistance to moth larvae damage. The treatment provides a well established level of protection following industry guidelines and best practice. All wool rich carpets have the potential to support moth larvae (as their food source) particularly in undisturbed, dark areas, such as under furniture. By occasionally accessing and vacuuming such areas the potential for damage is reduced further.

Cleaning
I would like advice on cleaning and how best to care for my Brintons carpet Regular cleaning and maintenance ensures your carpet will continue to impress and remain a stunning addition to your home for many years to come. We have created a carpet care guide to help you maintain the luxury of your Brintons carpet.

What type of vacuum cleaner would be best for my Brintons carpet? Regular cleaning of your Brintons carpet will help to keep it looking good for years. We recommend an upright vacuum cleaner with a cylindrical brushing action or a cylinder vacuum cleaner with a power-brush attachment. We have also created a carpet care guide to help you maintain your Brintons carpet.

I have a stain on my Brintons carpet Take a look at our stain wizard for help with stains and spillages on your Brintons carpet.

It is advisable to have an Anti Stain treatment on my Brintons carpet? Although carefully selected and professionally applied treatments may resist stains the use of inappropriate or poorly applied treatments will likely have a detrimental effect on the appearance and performance of our carpets. We therefore do not actively promote the application of treatments nor accept responsibility for any problems associated with their inappropriate use or poor application. In these circumstances our product guarantee will unfortunately become void. This does not affect your statutory rights.

Carpet Construction
What are the different types of carpet construction across Brintons ranges? Brintons woven ranges come in two types of constructions: either wilton or axminster.

What does carpet shading mean? Cut pile carpets sometimes show a shading effect that appears as light and dark patches due to different pile direction.

Was my Brintons carpet woven in the UK? Brintons woven carpet is made at its own manufacturing plants in the UK, Portugal or India.

Can you confirm the tog values for your carpets? Typical Brintons 80% wool/20% nylon carpets have tog value between 1.0 and 2.2. If you search by product, you will find each item will have its tog value listed against it.

Is there a guarantee for my Brintons carpet? All our carpets are made to consistent quality standards and we are confident you will be delighted with your purchase. In the unlikely event that you have a complaint as a result of a manufacturing fault, we guarantee to rectify or replace the carpet to ensure your total satisfaction.

This advice is offered as a service to Customers, and Brintons Carpets Limited will not be liable for loss or damage or injury arising out of any action taken based on this advice.