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Carpet and Linoleum Manufacture

Carpet and Linoleum Manufacture

As early as the beginning of the seventeenth century, the people of the south west of Scotland had earned a reputation as weavers. Wool from Lowland and Border sheep was plentiful and close at hand and the climate had the correct mixture of humidity and moisture for the spinning and weaving of wool. By the mid 18th century there was a blossoming cottage industry in Ayrshire manufacturing carpets. In Kilmarnock alone at least 200 carpet looms were working by the end of the century.

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