A KIDDERMINSTER carpet firm has expanded its operation by taking over one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious independent manufacturers.

Brockway Carpets (Holdings) Ltd has this week announced the acquisition of The Grosvenor Wilton Company Limited.

The deal sees Brockway purchase the trade and assets of Grosvenor Wilton, which has created Wilton and bespoke carpets since 1790 for the world’s most historic palaces, stately homes, public buildings and private residences.

Among the projects undertaken by Grosvenor include exclusive works for Buckingham Palace, The White House, Hampton Court Palace, The Mansion House, Warwick Castle, Hagley Hall and Royal Pavilion Brighton.

The company will continue to be known as The Grosvenor Wilton Company Limited and will operate independently within the Brockway group of companies.

Bosses at Brockway said the deal secures the future for the company’s factory in Hartlebury, Worcestershire and protects the skills and craftsmanship of all the staff.

Brockway Chairman Charles Annable said: “Grosvenor Wilton is one of the finest bespoke manufacturers of the highest quality woven carpets with a pedigree which is unequalled.

“We’re proud and delighted to welcome the business to the Brockway Group.

“Grosvenor Wilton’s unique heritage and tradition of innovation will further strengthen the Group’s position as the UK’s leading manufacturer of beautiful, wool-rich carpets.”

Paul Foley, who continues as commercial director at Grosvenor Wilton, added: “This is an exciting event in our long history, ensuring that the principals of authenticity, classical English design and craftsmanship that Grosvenor Wilton so famously stands for are maintained.

“We will continue to supply the finest bespoke Wilton carpets, and we are looking forward to exploring new markets in the future.”