Camira's moquette has bus seating covered

Durable, sustainable and adaptable, moquette seating can meet all of an operator’s needs. Camira explains more about this versatile material.

Camira's moquette has bus seating covered
Camira is using moquette on its seating

If you’re in the bus and coach industry then you have probably heard ‘moquette’ for seating mentioned quite regularly. But what actually is moquette?

Moquette, or plush velour, is derived from the French word for carpet. It’s a woven pile fabric in which cut or un-cut threads form a short dense cut or loop pile.

Moquette is Camira’s core international product for the bus a coach market, with the 85/15 per cent wool/nylon composition being the trusted seat fabric option in all public transport modes for 200 years.

The company’s story began in 1822, when a cloth manufacturer named John Holdsworth founded a worsted spinning mill named Holdsworth in Halifax, in the north of England.

Fast forward 200 years, and while the head office and core manufacturing facility remain in Yorkshire – not far from where Holdsworth first began – the company’s reach has continued to be truly global, with warehouse and distribution facilities in the US and Australia, a manufacturing plant in Lithuania and distributors in New Zealand, Middle East, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Locally, all the Australian seat and bus and coach manufacturers are serviced by Rodney Peterson and Joe Qi from the Melbourne office and distribution facilities, with Camira being well represented in New Zealand by the team at Reid & Twiname.

And why wool moquette?


  • It is durable, comfortable, easy to care for and comes in boundless designs.
  • Wool is natural, durable, renewable and sustainable.
  • Wool has low flame, smoke and toxicity properties. In Australia we are seeing increased safety (flame, smoke and toxicity) ratings in the bus and coach industry, more in alignment with those of the rail sector.


To celebrate its 200-year anniversary, Camira recently revitalised the ‘Aura’ range. A wool-rich moquette, this iconic textile blends the rich heritage of transport with the new era of electric buses through its collection of 200 colourways.  

Another recent technological breakthrough for moquette is Camira’s in-house capability to print on moquette. After years of research and development into creating the optimal print capability, ‘Camira Print’ is here to realise the untapped potential of transport textiles. Flexible, fast and free from design restrictions of traditional weaving, the benefits are tangible – and the possibilities limitless.

In today’s world, treatment options such as the anti-coronavirus ‘Staysafe’ and the anti-stain, anti-bacteria ‘Defender’ mean Camira can play an important role in safety, comfort and health of public transport passengers. 


Additionally, the company’s range of bus and coach interior fabrics includes flat-wovens, polyester moquette, leathers and vinyls.

These fabrics are suitable for seating, curtains, walls, bulkheads, luggage racks and ancillary trimming. All are stringently tested to meet the latest technical and flammability standards. 

As Camira’s Melbourne-based area business manager – APAC (transport), Rodney Peterson, explains: "Camira is proud that the continuous development which defined the Holdsworth name is alive and well in the Camira brand, for many more years to come."

For more information and inspiration, check out Camira’s newly updated website at, or email

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