A bespoke art deco design for the Empress

Posted in Products on 29 January, 2016

Lano continues its partnership with Pullmantur, the Spanish division of RCCL, the world’s largest cruise ship company, with an impressive 600 square metre installation of bespoke Axminster carpet on key fleet member, the Empress.

This “floating hotel” required underfoot inspiration in its Sovereign Miramar main dining room, and what better manufacturer to provide such a prestige floor covering than Lano with decades of experience in supplying a demanding cruise industry.

Three bespoke designs were to be employed, as Hotel Refurbishment Manager at Pullmantur, Riccardo Tonini, explains, “The three designs were to offer a bold outlook, something to get guests talking in contrast to more subtle suite designs that we have had Lano make in the past. We worked closely with Ronnie Wilkie, designer at Lano, and an art deco style was soon agreed upon, creating a feel of sophistication through a fan design that would cascade into a smaller all over feature.

“Further to this, a bespoke bordered runner was placed on the main stairway to the upper restaurant, complementing the gold and grey broadloom designs found on both levels. We are delighted with how the project has unfolded in terms of both aesthetics and performance, but this comes as little surprise having worked with Lano for eight successful years. We knew requirements would be met, with the carpet installed in this key focal point set to retain its unique appearance for years to come.”

The carpet was also required to provide extreme durability and be capable of withstanding the significant footfall of the Empress, and superb comfort for all guests as they utilised the space during meal times throughout the day.

Lano has gained a strong reputation for delivering IMO-certified woven carpets, area rugs and artificial grass for cruise liners across the globe. Having already supplied over 135,000 square metres of carpet for Pullmantur liners in the past, this is a partnership that continues to gather momentum, with striking design-led carpets backed by unrivalled performance qualities and after sales service.


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