The museum tells the story of the Kidderminster carpet industry.

In 1981 Ken Tomkinson, a carpet manufacturer and historian, founded the Carpet Museum Trust. His aim was to establish a public venue for the exhibition of items 'connected with the manufacture of carpets and similar textiles'.

During the 19th century the carpet industry had been the principal employer in Kidderminster, but at this point it was in rapid decline. As firms in the town were forced into downsizing or closure, the trust began to collect their machinery, ledgers, deeds and accounts. These were put into storage until a suitable building could be found for their display.

In the 1990s the trust was held in abeyance, but was revived thanks to a group of local enthusiasts. A museum showcasing its collection of textiles and other artefacts was finally opened to the public in autumn 2012.

Permanent collection

As well as the equipment and archival material salvaged from local businesses, the museum holds a collection of around 3000 carpet designs, created by industry pioneers Charles Voysey, Edouard Glorget and Bernat Klein. The samples illustrate the multitude of different styles that exist, as well as the range of fibres and dyes used in production.

Museum of Carpet

Stour Vale Mill, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY10 1AZ

01562 69028


Opening times

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays 10am - 1:30pm

Hand loom demontsrations.

Power Loom demonstrations at 12pm - dependent upon availability of volunteer weavers.

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50% off entry
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