Portrait of Michael Tomkinson 1841-1921
The involvement of the Tomkinson family in carpet manufacture goes back to the mid-19th Century, when Mr Michael Tomkinson formed a business with the Adam family in Kidderminster – Tomkinson & Adam Ltd. Production began in 1869, and, by the late 1870s, they were producing woven Axminster carpet.
This partnership continued until 1926, when the two families decided to end their relationship and branch out on their own, although still in carpet manufacturing.
Four generations of the Tomkinson family worked in the business, the last link being Richard Pugh-Cook, who left in 1998 following its acquisition by another manufacturer, Gaskell plc.
In March 2005, Gaskell plc entered Receivership and Mr Tomkinson was acquired by Headlam plc, Europe’s largest distributor of Floorcoverings.
Since the acquisition, Mr Tomkinson has re-established itself as one of the leading suppliers of Residential carpet to the UK market. The company now sources product both from the UK and overseas to provide the consumer with the widest-possible choice of value for money, quality carpets.
The former Tomkinson factory in Mount Pleasant, Kidderminster. The building dates back to 1875.