Carpet slippers, made from Brintons carpet, designed by Vivienne Westwood

1993 in Kidderminster
Brintons Carpets Limited
Vivienne Westwood

Carpet slippers, made from Brintons carpet, designed by Vivienne Westwood; 80% wool, 20% nylon, made by Brintons and Vivienne Westwood, 1993. Brintons Axminster carpet was glued to a pair of Vivienne Westwood shoes for a Brintons advertising campaign.

Brintons are one of England's longest established carpet manufacturers - established in Kidderminster in 1783. Westwood made these 'Court Shoes' and other items of clothing for Brinton's first advertising campaign in 1993. The shoes are made from their 'Fresco' woven axminster carpet, a mix of 80% wool and 20% nylon. SMG's collections hold examples of carpet samples, looms and machinery but very little, if anything, in the way of substantial pieces of carpet. In 1950 when this wool nylon mix was introduced by Brintons, fitted carpet was only just starting to become a feature in British homes. The addition of artificial materials made it hardwearing and more affordable (as well as soft from the wool), resulting in the wider uptake of fitted carpet in the home. Brintons have also pioneered carpet manufacturing machinery including the Axminster loom (1890) used to weave Axminster carpet. Brintons have since designed carpets in partnership with other notable designers including Timorous Beasties and Kelly Hoppen.


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nylon and wool
On loan from Brintons Carpets Limited