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Holdsworth continuously strive to improve the inherent resistance to vandalism within their fabrics, and also work with suppliers of seating foam, and laminates to develop innovative methods of tackling this issue. For example, they can supply an intermediate layer which sits between fabric and foam, and is resistant to cutting with a blade.

A heavy pile fabric where the pile is laid in one direction.

A description given to pile fabric with short fibre ends standing at right-angles to the surface of the cloth, more usually used in connection with lighter fabrics, as used for curtains.

Queen Victoria Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria

Victoria, queen of Great Britain and Ireland (r. 1837-1901), the longest-reigning monarch in English history, established the monarchy as a respected and popular institution while it was irrevocably losing its place as an integral part of the British governing system.

Born in Kensington Palace, London, on May 24, 1819, Victoria was the only child of Edward, duke of Kent and son of George III, and Princess Victoria, daughter of the duke of Saxe-Coburg. Emerging from a lonely, secluded childhood to take the throne on the death of her uncle, William IV, Victoria displayed a personality marked by strong prejudices and a willful stubbornness.

Victoria and her court were greatly transformed by her marriage to her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg, in 1840. Although her name now designates a supposedly prudish age, it was Albert who made a point of straitlaced behavior, and introduced a strict decorum in court. He also gave a more conservative tinge to Victoria's politics. The couple had nine children. Victoria populated most of the thrones of Europe with her descendants. Among her grandchildren were Emperor William II of Germany and Alexandra, consort of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia.

Always prone to self-pity, Victoria fully indulged her grief at Albert's death in 1861. She remained in mourning until her own death, making few public appearances and spending most of each year on the Isle of Wight and in the Scottish Highlands, where her closest companion was a dour Scottish servant, John Brown. Her popularity declined as a result, and republican sentiment appeared during the late 1860s.

Victoria, however, regained the people's admiration when she resumed her determined efforts to steer public affairs. She won particular esteem for defending the popular imperialist policies of the Conservative ministries of Benjamin Disraeli, who flattered her relentlessly and made her empress of India in 1876. Conversely, she flayed William E. Gladstone, the Liberal prime minister, whom she intensely disliked, for ostensibly weakening the empire. Although Victoria also attacked Gladstone for encouraging democratic trends, the celebrations of her golden and diamond jubilees in 1887 and 1897 demonstrated her great popularity.

Victoria died on Jan. 22, 1901.

Twisting Machine Volkmann Twister

Volkmann, the German manufacturer of two-for-one Twisting machinery, supplied all the twisting machines used for twisting/doubling at Holdsworths since the process was introduced into the mill in 1979.

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