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Blackwood, Morton and Sons, BMK, of Kilmarnock, Paisley and Liversedge, carpet manufacturers.

of Queen Victoria Works, Dundee. (1988)

  • BMK brand.

1908 The company was incorporated to take over the business of carpet weaving from Robert Blackwood and Sons, the sole survivor of the 150-year-old carpet industry of Kilmarnock.

1909 Acquired the Firm of Douglas, Reyburn and Co, Wool Spinners, Victoria Mills, Kilmarnock[1]

WWII became a Rotol Airscrews sub-contract depot.

Post-WWII: went back to making carpets and rugs

1946 Shares listed on the Stock Exchange[2]

1950 Advert on this page. [3]

1953 Advert. [4]

1954 Advert on this page. [5]

1968 Made woven carpets; the company saw a possibility that increases in demand for tufted carpets might be slowing; its Axminster carpets were sold in Canada, where its subsidiary company made Wilton carpets. Subsidiaries in the UK included Victoria Spinning Co, Cooke, Sons and Co (Hillington), Thistletex Carpets, maker of tufted carpets[6]

1981 The company was put into liquidation after losing money since 1976; the BMK carpet-making subsidiary was acquired by Mr John Logue's SAP engineering group of Gloucester; the yarn spinning subsidiary was closed; the Dundee towel-making subsidiary was sold[7]


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Sources of Information

  1. London Gazette 4 June 1909
  2. The Times Dec. 10, 1946
  3. [1] History World
  4. Picture Post magazine
  5. [2] History World
  6. The Times Oct. 4, 1968
  7. The Times May 1, 1982