The Midland town once dubbed the carpet capital of Britain is to get a museum dedicated to the industry that made its name after more than 30 years of campaigning.
Stour Vale Mill in Kidderminster will house the new Museum of Carpet, which will open to the public on October 20.
The Carpet Museum Trust, which has been pushing for a museum since 1981, was given £1.9 million of lottery funding to set up the museum in 2010.
The museum will display the history of Kidderminster with an emphasis on the carpet industry, provide a ‘shop window’ for modern carpet design and manufacture, forge links with Kidderminster College, house temporary exhibitions and reference materials.
Nick Walley, production director of Kidderminster carpet manufacturer Brockway Carpets, said: “As both a member of the Kidderminster carpet industry and campaigner of British craftsmanship, it is fantastic to finally see the Museum of Carpet near completion.
“We are delighted to support the museum in celebrating the town’s contribution to the carpet industry.”
Brockway has created a trio of bespoke carpets for the museum worth around £15,000.
The lime green, medium blue and turquoise colour carpets have been donated and fitted in two of the museum’s principal exhibition rooms, Kidderminster and Carpets and Process and Design, and a browsing area.
Founder-trustee Charles Talbot added: “Brockway has exceeded our original request and made our dream carpets come to life.
“We can’t wait for the museum to open to the public and see the carpets walked on.”