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Jonathan Welch reports from Camira’s recent 200th anniversary celebration, at which the company launched its new printed moquette

Moquette. It’s an odd word, really, and one that few people outside the transport industry are likely to know. It is something which probably goes unnoticed by many, until you take it away. Beloved especially by Londoners with classic designs and modern takes, for years it has been, literally, part of the very fabric of the industry.

The term itself derives from the French word for carpet, which will come as no surprise even for those who don’t know the etymology. And synonymous with the word moquette are the names Holdsworth and, more recently, Camira. The company’s heritage stretches back to a time before public transport bore any resemblance to what we know today, but it has remained a constant in the industry through the decades, its familiar, hard-wearing fabric helping to keep passengers comfortable and keep dust and dirt at bay for millions, probably even billions of travellers. With a deep pile usually made up of 85% wool mixed with 15% nylon, moquette is traditionally produced on looms using the Jacquard weaving technique.

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