About us

The Brussels weave loom, one of the biggest working looms at the Museum of Carpet
The Brussels weave loom, one of our large working looms
The Museum of Carpet is run by the Carpet Museum Trust, supported by the Friends of the Carpet Museum.
It is staffed by a small group of paid employees and many volunteers, all of whom will be delighted to see you when you visit.
We host a wide range of activities, events and workshops throughout the year.  Do pop in to see what's going on!
Visit our shop for wonderful local books, souvenirs and not forgetting our rugs, woven on our power looms which all come with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Behind the scenes, we hold a large collection of images and records relating to the town's carpet industry and can assist you with copyright and reproduction requests.
If you would be interested in volunteering your time to help out with the work of the Museum of Carpet, please do contact us.

11 thoughts on “About us

    1. Hi Melissa
      The details about the Museum’s opening times and costs are in the section ‘Visiting Us’. We are open from 10.30am until 4.30pm on Tuesdays – Saturdays. We are closed on Sundays, Mondays and Bank holidays.

      Our admission prices are: Adults – £4.50; Concessions – £3.50; Children – £2.00; Family ticket – £10.00 for two adults and up to four children. Under 5’s are free.

      Hope that helps and look forward to seeing you soon.

      Museum Manager

    2. Hi Melissa

      The section Visit Us gives all the details but here they are:

      We’re open Tuesdays – Saturdays 10.30am til 4.30pm. There are usually displays of the working machinery – our two giant power looms on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 12 noon; there are also handloom weavers and spinners in at these times as well as on other occasions depending on their availability/.

      We do make a charge – it’s £4.50 for adults; £3.50 for concessions (unemplyed, over 65’s, etc0 £2.00 for children and £10.00 for a family ticket which allows 2 adults and up to 4 children to enter.

      Hope that helps?

      Caroline – Museum Manager

    1. Hi Neil
      The site is all on one level with good access. The Museum doors are automatic and the ground floor displays are spaced well sufficient for a wheelchair or buggy to move around with ease. There is also an accessible toilet on the ground floor. A hearing loop operates throughout and we have ear protectors for anyone watching a demonstration.

    1. Glad you like the sound of the Museum – we think it’s fantastic too! At the minute unfortunately you can’t book tickets online but if you turn up you can pay on the door.

  1. My schedule is very busy at the moment as I am a secret shopper for Greggs and Costa and don’t think I will get there anytime soon. Is there anyway that I can donate through the website?

  2. I am a hobbyist weaver I started with fairly small rugs and simple patterns but am looking to push myself into more difficult patterns and motifs. Do you have any books or literature that you sell or can recommend?

    I will also be paying you a visit to see if I can pick up some hints from the team!!

    1. Hi Mark

      Welcome from the world of weaving!

      With regards patterns and motifs, I can highly recommend a visit so that you get the chance to talk to our weavers.

      We also have a library of books relating to carpet making covering all aspects – design, history, technical information, etc. so you might be able to get the chance to visit that as well.

      But the real star of the show is the archive that contains original pattern designs, point papers, inspiration sheets, etc that will really appeal to anyone who is creative.

      You can arrange to visit this by special appointment or if you’re able to attend we have some archive tours as part of Heritage Open Days in September. More details will follow shortly on our website as these sessions are limited in terms of numbers.

      Hope that helps.

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