Axminster Carpets complete major refurb at Brighton’s royal pavilion
Following an extensive restoration project, the Royal Pavilion’s Stately Saloon has now reopened to the public – a room of rich history and aesthetic prowess.
Working closely with decorative artist Anne Sowden and members of the Royal Pavilion & Museums Foundation, Axminster Carpets were tasked with recreating the original 1822 carpet – a highly elaborate and energetic design featuring 20 dragons, 100 sun rays and 274 lotus leaves. Sowden crafted an intricate, line-drawn and painted pattern, which Axminster translated to support the weaving process.
The history of the Pavilion is inextricably bound to Axminster Carpets. The original carpet was manufactured by Thomas Whitty and it was vital to the Pavilion members that the replica was made at the home of its original birthplace.
Gary Bridge, Design Director at Axminster Carpets, says, “The Saloon is unlike any other project Axminster Carpets has had the privilege of working on. In order to master and perfect the authenticity of the design it was essential to adopt the style and idiosyncrasies of Robert Jones – original designer – and embrace a new style of artistry with Anne’s delicate treatment.”
From the luxurious silk drapery to the hand-stencilled walls, and platinum leaf beading, every aspect of the interior has been carefully researched and considered to align with a uniform colour scheme and motif. The finished carpet – a gorgeous, kaleidoscopic vision of oriental colour and print – completes the space.
“The resulting design is a triumph – beautiful, vibrant and historically informed,” said David Beevers, Keeper of the Royal Pavilion.
With a Royal Warrant and heritage of 250 years’ experience, Axminster Carpets can be found in prestigious locations worldwide.