Together they created a British made design classic that graces floors and staircases throughout the UK and the world.
Venetian carpeting was initially developed to be used in functional areas like halls, passages and private sitting rooms, unlikely to be seen by guests. The carpet was woven on narrow looms approximately thirty-six inches wide. The small strips could be sewn together to create carpeting for larger spaces.
It had the added advantage that when worn or dirty, the carpets could be turned over and give further use. This method for producing flooring fell out of favour when the broad looms from Axminster and Wilton became popular. It took the creative vision of the Oates team to see the potential in re-developing the product. They recognised that the flooring could work equally well in both traditional and contemporary interiors.
We recently visited their beautiful Herefordshire showroom. We got a sneak preview of their new designs (sorry we can’t share pictures just yet!). We got an inspirational tour behind the scenes and a delicious lunch in the former home of Roger and Fay. It was a glorious Autumn day, but a bit too chilly to be having lunch in their stunning garden.
It was great to see the attention to detail that goes into every order. Each item is carefully checked, all the sewing is done by hand and any bespoke order is sampled on a handloom.