Jul 14, 2015
Royal Warrant Holders Axminster Carpets were celebrated on UTV on Monday as part of a 6-part series documenting the completion of the £8 million restoration of the National Trust’s Mount Stewart Property on the shores of Strangford Lough for which they wove the replacement carpet for the impressive dining room at their factory in the heart of Axminster.
The series is the culmination of the three-year long restoration project undertook by the National Trust to bring back the elegance and charm of the house to when it was the home to the 7th Marchioness Edith, Lady Londonderry and her family in the early 20th century. Axminster Carpets worked closely with historic carpet consultants Linney Cooper to weave the centrepiece dining room carpet using traditional methods used at the time.
Gary Bridge, Design Director oversaw the design and weaving “All historic projects are challenging and with this projects age it meant that there were no existing design references or carpet to view.”
He continues “On this occasion we were lucky - during research we found some old photographs which we were able to use to draw the body and border pattern. We were also able to draw on our extensive carpet catalogue to determine the correct historic colour palettes and weaving techniques to ensure the carpet retains its historical relevance”
Axminster Carpets are widely acknowledged as experts in heritage carpets, having woven carpets for prestigious houses, royal residences and important public buildings in Axminster since 1755. Today Axminster Carpets continue to weave historically accurate carpets for numerous heritage locations including The National Trusts Dunster Castle and Tintinhull, Brighton Pavilion and Buckingham Palace.
The full series of “Mount Stewart: The Big House Reborn” can be seen on the UTV player - http://player.u.tv/programme/mount-stewart-the-big-house-reborn
For more information please contact:
Hilary Clements - 01297 32244