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  • Place of origin:

    Kidderminster (manufactured)

  • Date:

    ca. 1949 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bain, George (designer)
    Quayle and Tranter Ltd (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Machine-woven carpet

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    On display in the Scottish Design Galleries, V&A Dundee

Physical description

Machine woven carpet, Axminster. Red field with polychrome decoration. There is a central indigo octagonal medallion with angel figures and flowering vines, the smaller centrepeice with human figures flanked by yellow open scrolling vine stripe and serrated leaves, open spandrels with sea dragons and large 'Viking' ships, in an indigo border of stylised birds and scrolling vines between hooked vine and minor stripes.

Place of Origin

Kidderminster (manufactured)


ca. 1949 (manufactured)


Bain, George (designer)
Quayle and Tranter Ltd (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Machine-woven carpet

Marks and inscriptions

'This is a Laxey Axminster rug made in Kidderminster by Quayle & Tranter Ltd
Makers of fine Axminsters'
Woven label on the back of the carpet; the logo indicates that it is a product of a member of The Federation of British Carpet Manufacturers.


Length: 198 cm, Width: 122 cm, Weight: 15 kg

Object history note

Purchased. Registered File number 1995/987.

Descriptive line

Rug, "Laxey Axminster", Celtic design with Viking ship by George Bain, made by Quayle & Tranter Ltd., Kidderminster, British, ca. 1949

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

See: 'Celtic Art and Methods of Construction' by George Bain



Subjects depicted

Floral patterns; Dragons; Vine scrolls; Angels; Ships


Textiles; Floor coverings


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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