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You might not be aware of it, but chances are you have walked countless times across a carpet made by Reg Andrews or one of his colleagues in Kidderminister, ‘the carpet capital of Britain’. For over 30 years he worked as a weaver in this Midlands town, where the carpet industry began in 1735 and is still the dominant employer among its 55,000 population. Even today, as the industry has contracted and technology has taken over many jobs, over 5,000 people are employed in its carpet factories, compared perhaps to 10,000 people 50 years ago.
oil on canvas
H 124 x W 99 cm
on loan from the Royal Society of Portrait Painters