Even today the moquette fabrics are hand-loomed as samples, and then woven at a family owned mill in Great Britain. The BBC has written about Emma Sewell and Harriet Wallace-Jones who are the design team behind the current fabric designs used on Transport for London.
“If you look closely enough, the shapes of London landmarks can be spotted in the geometry of some of the designs. “The nature of our style of weaving, which is ‘dobby’ weaving, doesn’t allow us to create complex shapes, we are restricted to stripes and blocks of colour, plus small-scale patterns. This means that we have to abstract our inspiration sources, which could be anything from a landscape or figurative painting, to a sculpture,” says Sewell.”
The Moquette Project is an ongoing exhibition at the London Transport Museum.