For unrivalled luxury, a smooth finish and decadent comfort underfoot, the only choice is a velvet carpet
The marriage of a saxony
and a woven carpet
, a velvet carpet combines traditional carpet-making methods with a more modern, short, dense, uniform cut pile. This clever combination results in a fine yet compact ‘barefoot’ feel. It’s the kind of carpet where you’re unsure if you should take your shoes off (you probably should, just to be polite).
A few hundred years ago, velvet carpets were an investment for the family home. The skilled manufacturing process was reflected by the higher cost, and the perfectly plush finish conveyed an eye for impeccable taste and a fondness for the finer things in life. Generations of big and little feet would walk upon this velvet pile carpet, day in, day out, slowly wearing it down over the years until it reached a Miss Havisham-esque look of faded grandeur – a look which is favoured by some. Because of its short cut pile and fine yarns, velvet carpets are best suited to rooms with low footfall, like guest bedrooms or formal lounges.