In 1917, Marshall Burns Lloyd patented a process involving the weaving together of twisted paper in a horizontal format and vertical strands of wire coated with paper. The product became known Worldwide as “Lloyd Loom”. The early use of the woven material was to make baby carriages – an example of a 1922 children's baby carriage can be seen at Maycroft’s Gomersal Showroom.
It was not until 1920 that the weave was used to make furniture. It was in 1922 that Lloyd Loom furniture was first manufactured in the UK. The classic styles took off rapidly and Lloyd Loom linen baskets and armchairs could be found in many British homes throughout the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s. Many of these pieces have survived well and are now regularly being brought to Maycroft to be restored and brought back to their former glory.
Today, Maycroft offers new Classic and Contemporary Lloyd Loom furniture, made in the UK, still using weave made in the same way and handmade furniture using skilled workers with many years experience.