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Brintons donates to Scrapstore

We are always looking for ways to reuse and recycle our leftover yarn and carpet samples. Recently we were more than happy to donate various samples to a wonderful UK based charity - Children's Scrapstore. Their PR Officer Ella shares a little more about what they do....

The Children’s Scrapstore charity launched in Bristol over 30 years ago in a small lock up, with just one aim - to provide materials for children to use creatively through play. Fast forward to today and Children’s Scrapstore still operate by the same values, but in a much larger warehouse, with branches in Taunton, Weston-Super-Mare and Salford. This kind of growth would not have been possible without the help of our loyal suppliers, like Brintons.

Children’s Scrapstore provides access to cheap and abundant materials, and we rely on donations of scrap which our members can collect to use with children and adults in creative, educational or care settings. Through our member groups and the Scrapstore PlayPods® programme, Children’s Scrapstore reaches over 500,000 children nationwide, and helps enrich their play and creativity.

A Scrapstore PlayPod® is a permanent structure filled with loose parts for children to use during break times. Over 300 schools across the country have Scrapstore PlayPods®, where they provide children with the opportunity to explore materials not usually found in a school playground. All of these resources, like everything in the Scrapstore, is donated by businesses and manufactures from across the UK to help us reach more and more children each year.

Children’s Scrapstore would like to thank Brintons for their generous donation of over 30,000 carpet samples. Brinton’s kind donation will directly impact the wellbeing of children up and down the UK, not only by enriching play and break time in schools, but also by providing thousands of opportunities to use these simple carpet samples to create seats, slide mats, dens and countless other ideas which come only from the imagination of a child.

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#Brintons Loves Scandi Style

Throughout winter we heard about the Danish trend of Hygge, referring to a state of cosiness, friendliness and togetherness; about enjoying the good things in life. We then heard about this being taken over by Lagom, a Swedish word meaning "just the right amount". Whether you want a pared back sanctuary or just a declutter for Spring there is plenty of inspiration we can take from Scandinavian styles.

Scandi style

Image: BRINTONS: Bell Twist Welsh Mountain, Bell Twist Scottish Pine, Majestic Polished Silver, City Plaids Kensington OTHER: Tektura Chevron, Sweetpea and Willow Leather, Next Tweedy Textured Check, Arlo and Jacob Leather Rancher Saddle, Props - designers own

This look has been popular for a while now and interiors are famous for clean, bright spaces that are filled with light, touches of natural wood and neutral or muted colour palettes. Colour schemes are peaceful and embrace the notion of bringing the outside into your home, creating lovely interiors through tranquillity and simple but functional design. Backdrops of white generally feature alongside earthy and stone colours with hints of green or blue; colours that suggest a connection with nature. Furniture is both practical and beautiful (see Hans Wegner Wishbone chair), often with a precedence for craftsmanship. Socialising is a big part of the culture so contemporary seating and big dining tables are a must. Cosy textiles such as knits are often quoted within this trend too but as we move into Spring you can accessorise with natural driftwood props and accessories, uplifting phrases and lovely woven textiles.

Although carpets may not instantly spring to mind within this style we’ve noticed that patterns in contemporary shades are giving a homely touch to this trend. Carpets can work well to help to lift the scheme with a fresh but still cosy feel. Some of our Abbotsford and City Plaid tartans have been used in rooms inspired by this movement, adding a hint of colour and sophistication but the colour schemes and simplicity approach can be relevant for any décor.

Abbotsford Heather Kilgour

Image: Abbotsford Heather Kilgour

City Plaids Kensington

Image: City Plaids Kensington

Fresco Whispering Grass Beige Carpet

Image: Fresco Whispering Grass Beige

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Brintons scores hat trick at Chelsea!

Brintons Carpets from fleece to floor

The wool flooring industry gathered last week (15th March) to receive recognition at the 2nd Campaign for Wool International Carpet and Rug Awards. The prestigious event was held at Stamford Bridge, (home of Chelsea FC) where many attendees were also exhibitors at Wool Floor Show London. This exciting event for wool flooring provided a retail trade, design and contract showcase in central London.

The Campaign for Wool established the awards in 2016 to highlight the diversity and breadth of quality in design, production, innovation and marketing across the carpet and rug sector. Over 65% of wool from the UK and a significant proportion of New Zealand wool is used in flooring.

There were over two hundred entries for fifteen categories so we were very proud to bring home three prizes;

Awards winner

Creative Marketing Initiative Award

Our 2016 ‘Fleece to Floor’ marketing campaign was awarded the Creative Marketing Initiative Award. This campaign showcased our craftsmanship, heritage and style through a series of videos and beautiful images.

Brintons Carpets - Fleece to Floor

Woven Carpet Installation of the Year

Our beautiful custom designs for the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship were awarded winner of the ‘Woven Carpet Installation of the Year’ award. Brintons was appointed by SMC Design and worked closely with Cunard UK to provide nearly 20,000 m2 of luxury axminster carpets to the 150,000 tonne transatlantic liner, taking inspiration from the original Queen Mary.

A finalist slot was also awarded to Brintons in this category for our work at The Principal York hotel. Luxury lifestyle hotel, The Principal York opened in November 2016 after an award-winning remodelling and refurbishment programme that includes bespoke carpets and rugs designed and made by Brintons.

Principal York Principal York Hotel

Designer Collaboration of the Year

This award recognised our design partnership with Stacy Garcia. The collection, which includes 14 patterns, draws inspiration from diverse disclipines of the art universe ; abstract expressionism collides with contemporary graphic design, and digitally rendered textures melt between layers of mixed media paintings

Stacy Garcia

Bridgette Kelly, Interior Textiles Director of the Campaign for Wool said “The judging panel were very impressed by the high standard of the entries this year, it was a real showcase of high standards on all fronts and particularly pleasing to see the engagement - our industry can be very proud of itself.”

Brintons wins at international wool carpet and rugs award

We were thrilled to receive our awards at the event!

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Introducing New Neutrals

Refresh your home for 2017 with our New Neutrals, in stunning soft muted shades that complement the current trend for elegant and refined interiors. Adding to our popular Bell Twist collection, we have created some additional colours to be a soothing and calming influence in the home, providing the perfect backdrop for creative interiors.

New Neutral Bell Twist carpets

Emma Cassidy, Senior Creative Designer for Brintons says “Our refreshed urban and contemporary Bell Twist range for 2017 is infused with soothing and harmonious neutral tones. A timeless and elegant approach to any decorative scheme, this new Bell Twist range offers a palette that is not overpowering or demands attention, but brings a sense of calm and functionality to any space. A natural companion to both traditional and modern interiors; by adding splashes of accent colours, you will instantly brighten up any room”.

There are also two new Laura Ashley Bell Twist shades to consider - Steel and Dark Dove Grey - which beautifully compliment the existing Laura Ashley paint and fabric palettes.

Woven using Brintons famous 80% wool/20% nylon blend, Bell Twist carpets benefit from being luxurious to touch yet extremely durable – suitable for extra heavy domestic use. The stylish, textured surface makes a Bell Twist carpet look good for longer, hence its popularity over all these years. To see the full Bell Twist series click here.

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Brintons collaborates with Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University's Trends project plays a pivotal role in showcasing future trends to the industry.  The project is a collaborative partnership with Color Hive and includes working collaborations with industry partners such as Ikea, Tektura and Brintons. The Trends Exhibition was held 22nd-25th January 2017 at the January Furniture Show, NEC, Birmingham.

This year’s project involved tasking third year Textile Design students with contributing to two trends that Color Hive identified for Autumn/Winter 2017. The trends selected were ‘Grace’ and ‘Punk’.

Grace has a colour palette that includes soft shades of green and ochre with rose and cashmere cream. Using moody backdrops of dark colours including laurel green, navy and peat brown, it allows for light and mid tones to combine to create a rugged natural world look.

The references include serene landscapes of Scottish heather on misty mountains that present some interesting design challenges to create unique designs. It becomes a very real journey of exploration, which causes individuals to question their own thoughts and interpretations of grace and match it with the serene and luxurious roots that has formed Grace into a trend.

Punk by contrast presents a real opportunity to explore the anarchic and exuberant spirit of punk. It allows for exploration of personal freedom that is boldly inclusive but rejects the common clichés. Punk allows for inclusive inspiration taken from challenging social views through design in new technologies such as the internet, exploring overt embellishment in areas such as jewellery along with tribal references and the development of rich gaming landscapes. It provides a rich, diverse field of colour while avoiding and challenging clichés making it rich for exploration.

The Punk colour scheme is usually dominated by rich and sensual dark tones using pinks and yellows to provide balance, all grounded in pale shade blush white. It is a broad opportunity to create something uniquely personal, reflective, and challenging.

The aim of the project was to question the existing design interpretations and allow for creative and personal responses from the students to push the boundaries of design. Selected concepts from the students design proposals were realised, actualised, and made into products for display, including BCU students Ella Downes and Helen Johnston, constructing a carpet design based upon each trend.

Ella Downes was awarded the Carpet Design Award at the show by Brintons as the design team particularly loved the texture in the design.

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Brintons wins Design award

Houzz

We are so excited to have been awarded a “Best of Design” award from Houzz, the leading platform for home renovation and design. Brintons Timorous Beasties Grain du Bois dining room image was selected by the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, home improvement and design industry professionals work.

Timorous Beasties Grain du bois

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. A “Best of Houzz 2017” badge will now appear on our profile, as a sign of our commitment to excellence. These badges help you to identify the most popular brands and top-rated home professionals on Houzz.

Design is at the heart of everything we produce, it is our key ingredient to success, and 2017 will be no different, with new launches planned throughout this year.

“We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Brintons, said Andrew Small, MD of Houzz UK and Ireland. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

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2LG Victorian inspired hallway

2 Lovely Gays Carpet

We were excited to work with interior design duo Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead, AKA the 2 Lovely Gays, to create a custom period inspired carpet for the bedroom, stairs and corridors in their Victorian South London home.

2 Lovely Gays Bedroom Carpet

It started with a trip to our archive, which holds patterns from as early as 1790, and 2LG worked with Brintons archivist Yvonne Smith to select a design that fitted the Victorian era of the house. Jordan and Russell have always been fans of decorative and patterned carpet so  Brintons was an obvious choice for this collaboration.

The carpet chosen was a Victorian floral design from the Brintons archive, recoloured to fit their contemporary colour scheme and manufactured using the High Definition Weave looms that can weave up to 32 colours at any one time.

We are proud to own one of the world's largest commercial design archives and historical pattern libraries in the industry, restored and preserved by our own dedicated archivist Yvonne Smith. The archive library is a facility unique to Brintons and is an invaluable resource to designers, conservators, decorators and contractors worldwide.

Take a look at our video on the project:

2 Lovely Gays Project with Brintons Carpets
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Robin Day archive showcase

Midlands Modern is a celebration of mid-century products manufactured by Midlands based companies working with significant designers during the period of1930 - 1980. The showcase contains work from a number of different disciplines including lighting, glass, ceramics and furniture.

Featuring work from celebrated designers such as Lady Margaret Casson and Tibor Reich we were excited to loan examples of our Robin Day collaboration for the exhibition.

Brintons Archive Robin Day Woodward Grosvenor Carpet

The Robin Day range of contract carpets  was launched in the early 1960s within our Woodward Grosvenor brand - specifically aimed at the architect/specifier market. The collection was designed to be produced in several colourways reflecting current trends and the surface pattern design was based on a gridded matrix of abstract images. The carpets were produced using the Wilton weave process which we still use today for our Bell Twist and Velvet carpets as it makes a very hardwearing and longlasting floorcovering. Brintons Archivist, Yvonne Smith worked with the Parkside Gallery Manager, John Hall to identify key pieces from the archive for the exhibition.

Robin Day made his name in the early 1950's producing innovative designs for Hille Furniture utilising the new ‘wonder plastic’ – polypropylene. This design work contributed considerably to establishing the company’s highly successful Hille Contracts Division. His knowledge of designing for the contract design sector contributed to success in other areas too including projects with - Pye (radio, television and record-player cabinets), BOAC (aircraft interior and refreshment trays including the tableware and cutlery) and John Lewis (interiors and graphic identity).

Amongst a number of other disciplines on display, Midlands Modern highlights the contribution of the Midlands to modernist and contemporary design history, championing the midlands as a creative hub that is still just as relevant today.

Midlands Modern is open to the public at Birmingham City University's Parkside Gallery until 4th January 2017.

Image top right: Yvonne Smith, Brintons Archivist

Image bottom right: Robin Day carpet designs 

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Brintons at the British Wool Collective

We were really excited to help Bicester Village launch their 'British Wool Collective' pop-up, just in time for Wool Week. The concept was to create a quintessentially British store showcasing the best of British wool fashions. Our Timorous Beasties carpets for the home and QuickWeave carpets for commercial clients looked amazing as part of the decoration for the press launch. Take a look at our video from the event:

Bicester Village launches the British Wool Collective showcasing Brintons carpets

Bicester Village communications director Sophie Hedley said: "From all the great British knitwear brands in the pop-up, to the guerilla knitting peppered throughout the village and the wonderful carpets kindly lent to us by Brintons, Bicester Village is all things woolly this Christmas."

The specialist boutique is open until the beginning of January 2017 and is the perfect destination for some Christmas shopping, with a collection that includes the perennial woolly jumper, gloves and accessories from a fine array of British brands such as Markus Lupfer, Pringle of Scotland, Brora and many more.

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Wool Week 2016

Brintons has had lots of fun as part of this year's Campaign for Wool's Wool Week.

First up was the Wool BnB - every room, from kitchen and bedroom to cosy outdoor shepherd’s hut, was kitted out with wool products designed and made by some of the country’s most talented designer makers. Everything from carpets to cardigans, even cereal boxes and newspapers were made from the fluffy stuff! Brintons Abbotsford Border Plaid looked beautiful in the dining room and Abbeyglen Fermanagh Plaid could be found in the study.

Wool BnB Dining Room Wool BnB Study

Bicester Village is already an unparalleled fashion destination and were pleased to play their part on Wool Week with the opening of the British Wool Collective on Thursday 13 October. The specialist boutique is open until the beginning of January 2017 and is the perfect destination for some Christmas shopping, with a collection that includes the perennial woolly jumper, gloves and accessories from a fine array of British brands such as Markus Lupfer, Pringle of Scotland, Brora and many more. We were pleased to help dress the outlet with some of our beautiful carpets for the press launch.

British wool collective Wool Week Installation

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Celebrate Wool Week with us!

Campaign for wool

The Campaign for Wool will mark its seventh successful year with its annual ‘Wool Week’. Taking place from the 10th – 16th October, Wool Week celebrates everything woolly with a week of fun activities.

The ‘Wool BnB: Living with wool’, will launch, where everything from interiors to fashion will be made of wool. Everyone is invited to visit the BnB and learn more about wool as a fibre whilst taking part in workshop evenings, interactive talks, film screenings and styling sessions. Brintons have supplied some Abbeyglen and Abbotsford carpets as part of the display.

Bicester Village will be celebrating Wool Week too by launching a quintessentially British boutique - "British Wool Collective" - featuring a number of wool focussed fashion brands. You can experience the Timorous Beasties Platinum Grain Du Bois and Ruskin Butterfly carpets first-hand as they help decorate the outlet for the season.  Brintons have always worked closely with the world of fashion and in 2003, Brin­tons launched its 'most luxurious carpets in the world campaign', working with renowned shoe designer Manolo Blahnik - see some of these shoes on display at the village too!

Timorous Beasties Carpet

Nicholas Coleridge, Chairman, Campaign for Wool and President of Conde Nast International said "We are so delighted that Bicester Village is getting behind His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales's Campaign for Wool. The ecological of Bicester Village are well known, and it feels absolutely appropriate that they are backing the movement for wool, with all its messages of sustainability and fashionability."

As one of the largest consumers of British Wool, we have long been champions of Campaign for Wool and were delighted to have been asked to showcase some of our favourite designs as part of Wool Week's activities.

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WIN a Bedroom Makeover!

Imagine how stunning your bedroom could look with a beautiful new bed, gorgeous window shutters and a luxury Brintons carpet! We've teamed up with partners Thomas Sanderson and Laura Ashley to offer one lucky fan an amazing £7000 bedroom makeover*.

Laura Ashley/Thomas Sanderson Bedroom Makeover

To enter simply visit our competition page.

About Laura Ashley

Laura Ashley is one of the UK’s best loved home furnishing brands with a 60 year history of design. Refresh your walls with stylish wallpaper, gorgeous paint colours and adorn the room with beautiful accessories. Brintons are proud to have collaborated with Laura Ashley on a range of stunning carpets.

About Thomas Sanderson

Thomas Sanderson is Europe’s largest UK manufacturer of luxury, bespoke window shutters, conservatory blinds and window blinds. They have over 25 years’ experience in designing, shading and transforming over 175,000 homes across the UK.

*Terms and conditions apply - see website for details. No purchase necessary. Entries must be received no later than Friday 30th September 2016.

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