J.R. Burrows & Company:
Stourvale Mill Carpet Collection


J.R. Burrows & Company represents the historic carpet collection of Grosvenor Wilton Company Ltd., of Kidderminster, England. Their archival patterns, ranging in date from the 1790's though the early 20th century, are presented under the title of the Stourvale Mill Collection, named for the historic mill complex that houses the firm. The mill archive contains over 10,000 pattern drawings (called "miniatures" or "point papers"), and we offer historic sites and homeowners a selection of designs for reproduction from these archival resources. There are over 100 designs in the current collection of established reproductions, with new designs added each year. A copy of the archive is available at our office in Massachusetts for further design research if our current collection does not meet your needs. We also specialize in custom reproduction work from original 19th century samples provided by historic sites. Photographs of some installations can be found on our list of Work of J.R. Burrows & Company.

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Stourvale Mill Collection Index

c. 1795 - c. 1810
Regency (Federal) &

Part 1

Part 2


c. 1810 - c. 1820
Regency (Federal) &
c. 1820 - c. 1835
George IV, Empire & Early Victorian
c. 1835 - c. 1850
George IV, Empire & Early Victorian
c. 1850 - c. 1865
High Victorian &
Reform Movement


c. 1865 - c. 1875
High Victorian &
Reform Movement
c. 1875 - c. 1885
Late Victorian &
Reform Movement
c. 1885 - c. 1900
Late Victorian &
Reform Movement
c. 1900 - c. 1910
c. 1910 - c. 1920
Stourvale Runners Collection
acorn runner
Arts & Craft Movement Carpets
William Morris Carpets
c. 1875 - 1940

Voysey Oak Carpet
C.F.A. Voysey Carpets
c. 1895 - 1930

The web site currently illustrates only a portion of our full offering of period carpet reproductions. For more information, please call our office and ask for John Burrows, or e-mail john@burrows.com.

Our archival carpets are woven in the two historic types of Wilton (cut pile) and Brussels (loop pile). Today there is a small difference in price, but in the 19th century the coveted Wilton carpets cost double the price of Brussels. In the Federal Period, when floorcoverings were prized and extremely costly, most wealthy American families had Brussels carpets in their best rooms. By the mid-nineteenth century, Wilton carpets were more common in the best parlors, with Brussels (or ingrains) in the lesser rooms of the house. In the late nineteenth century, frugal families still carpeted with Brussels or ingrains, but families who wanted to show they had a little money to spare preferred the velvet look of Wiltons. The Arts & Crafts Movement carpets are all offered as cut pile carpet.

More historical information is found at: A Brief History of English Carpets, and the Stourvale Mill and Historic Carpet Cleaning Methods In The Nineteenth And Twentieth Centuries. In 1995 our carpet and the Stourvale Mill was featured on THIS OLD HOUSE. As part of the Salem, Massachusetts, Federal House project a Regency period carpet was woven. Steve Thomas toured Woodward Grosvenor & Co. showed the process of developing the pattern from the original archival design, and gave a close look at the looms at work. The episode concludes with the hand-sewing and fitting of the carpet in the parlor of the house in Salem.

All Stourvale Mill Collection carpet designs and the William Morris Carpets are international copyright of Grosvenor Wilton Company Ltd. C.F.A. Voysey Carpets are international copyright of Tomkinsons Carpets, Ltd.

Wool Carpet Care Information:
The most important advice is to vacuum regularly (at least once per week, and more often in areas of high traffic), to remove spills immediately, and to have the carpets professionally cleaned once every year to two years. For more information, including a Spot Removal Chart, please go to the Wools of New Zealand carpet care web page.

Link to the words "Wools of New Zealand" http://www.fernmark.com/care/care_us.asp

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Doing Business With Us

*J.R. Burrows & Company
P.O. Box 522
Rockland, Massachusetts 02370
E-mail: merchant@burrows.com
Phone: (800) 347-1795; Phone: (781) 982-1812 Fax: (781) 982-1636