The Magic of the Saloon: Axminster Carpets at the Royal Pavilion

Following an extensive restoration project with Axminster carpets, the stately Saloon in Brighton has now reopened to the public – a room of rich history & aesthetic prowess.

Working closely with Decorative Artist Anne Sowden and members of the Royal Pavilion & Museums Foundation, the BCFA member was 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.

Design Insider Axminster Brighton Pavillion Chandelier

“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.” – Gary Bridge, Design Director at Axminster Carpets.

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.

Design Insider Axminster Brighton Pavillion Close Up

“The resulting design is a triumph – beautiful, vibrant and historically informed.” – David Beevers, Keeper of the Royal Pavilion.

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.

Design Insider Axminster Brighton Pavillion Room

With a Royal Warrant and heritage of 250 years’ experience, Axminster Carpets can be found in prestigious locations worldwide.

Whether you are looking for a fully bespoke Axminster and Wilton carpet designed to your exact requirements, a customised design or one straight from stock their team can work with you to deliver the best solution for your project. You can explore their other projects on Design Insider, such as their involvement in the Transpennine Express!

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