The story of Cavalier Bremworth began in 1959 when Doug Bremner founded the Bremworth Carpet Company and set up a small factory in Papatoetoe, South Auckland. Within a few years, Bremworth began exporting its wool carpets to Australia.
In 1964, the official Woolmark symbol was launched, and the following year Bremworth became the world's first carpet company entitled to use the Woolmark seal of quality. That same year, Bremworth also became one of the first to advertise on New Zealand television - and its dominant use of this medium over the ensuing years helped establish the Bremworth brand as a household name, and subsequently Cavalier Bremworth.
In 1967, UEB Industries, one of New Zealand's biggest corporations at the time, bought Bremworth and proceeded to establish spinning and scouring plants around the country. Five years later in 1972, Cavalier Carpets of New Zealand was founded by Tony Timpson and Grant Biel. A spinning plant was built at Wanganui in 1975 and in 1983 Cavalier Carpets listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange as Cavalier Corporation.
Old LogoIn 1988 Cavalier Carpets bought Bremworth's spinning and tufting plants including the much valued Bremworth name and distribution rights. In 1991 the combined companies relaunched under the Cavalier Bremworth brand.
Since that time Cavalier Bremworth has gone on to establish a number of firsts, most significantly being the first carpet company in the world to gain an internationally recognised eco-label across its entire wool carpet range. Environmental Choice NZ accreditation was awarded in 2006 and shortly followed by the equivalent accreditation in Australia from Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA). Today the carpets carry an independent environmental grading from the Australian Carpet Classification Scheme - ACCS ECS.
The company has ISO 14001 accreditation demonstrating a commitment to take responsibility for its manufacturing footprint and continually improve its performance.
In 2013 the company launched Habitat Collection, a brand which houses Cavalier Bremworth's synthetic carpet ranges. It also grouped its commercial products under the Cavalier Commercial brand and in 2014 launched its first carpet tiles in both wool and solution-dyed nylon.
Today, the Cavalier Bremworth name is synonymous with quality designer wool carpets and high quality, soft-touch solution-dyed nylon carpets.