Transport Fabrics

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Our Rich Heritage

It began in 1822 when John Holdsworth & Co. was founded in Halifax, supplying transport fabric firstly for railway, then the London Underground. This was then followed by fabrics for buses and coaches.

Camira acquired the business in 2007 but have stayed true to the Holdsworth values, to be the natural choice for transport interiors.

Design & Construction

It all starts with a design concept - a spark of imagination or a clear cut design brief. We'll work collaboratively with you to help make the whole design process as straightforward and enjoyable as possible. Whether you’re a textile novice or a design professional, we’ll put all our textile genius at your disposal.

Design process - how it works:
  • Send us your brief or meet us to discuss your idea, challenge or vision.
  • We can advise on fabric construction, color and technical performance requirements.
  • Go from life-like CAD simulations, generated using the latest textile design software and interior visualisation techniques, to small run production samples.
  • Agree pricing, minimum order requirements and leadtimes.

Fabric types and construction - here are the options:

Cut pile – also known as plush / velour / velvet / moquette (from the French word for carpet), woven on a face to face jacquard loom, where the yarn threads stand upright from the ground structure.

Wire woven – also known as cut and uncut / cut and loop / all cut / all loop, woven on a wire jacquard loom, with a multitude of wiring combinations to create variable touch sensation and visual intrigue.

Flat woven – also known as flat weave / flat cloth, woven on dobby or jacquard looms, with a characteristic flat, two-dimensional surface, created by interlacing warp and weft.

Leather / vinyl – also known as genuine leather / faux leather, with surface embossing, pigmented finishes or polyurethane top coat for added protection.