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Albany carpets was founded by Arthur Richards in 1965 and still remains the same family run business providing an excellent floor covering service to the Aylesbury Vale area and beyond.

Although this was the inaugural start of a fledgling company its initial roots goes back over 50 years.

In 1946 Maurice Hill, a Yorkshire man and Dennis Richards, Maurice’s brother in law and brother of Arthur started to manufacture quality 27” wide Wilton carpet in a small factory in Buckingham. As the younger brother Arthur joined Dennis making carpets in Tavistock Street, Bletchley making plain and hotel quality wool carpets.

During the nineteen fifties and early sixties both factories provided quality carpets to stores such as Maples in Tottenham Court Road in London. Swan Carpets in Lenborough Road, Buckingham and Hill & Richards in Bletchley quickly established a very good name and were recognised and well respected through out the UK.

Eventually, 27” wide body carpet gave way to today’s broadloom wider width material and the factory in Bletchley sadly closed although the factory in Buckingham continued until Maurice Hill’s widow retired in 1980.

Meanwhile Arthur set up his retail business in Castle Street, Aylesbury and was soon persuaded to open Albany carpets in its current location in Buckingham street in January 1970, previously a shoe shop!

Establishing a very good reputation the shop was extended and large rolls of carpet were displayed in this new construction.

Today the company affectionately known as just ‘Albany’ and run by Arthur’s son Simon still provides a superb service recommending the correct quality floor covering to suit every budget. Both residential and commercial floor coverings can be catered for and accompanied by hard vinyl floor coverings and designer flooring such as Amtico and Karndean. Their personnel attention to detail is widely recognised locally with the fitters often helping customers set up home further a field including Devon, Wales, Yorkshire and even Mallorca!