We are leading restorers and conservers of antique rugs and carpets and weavers of bespoke,  hand-made carpets; principally for historic houses and public buildings.

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Bespoke Design

New carpet for Hughenden Manor. From left to right, original chenile carpet, point paper pattern, and woven sample
Our design process begins with a consultation and review of the room. This can be quite straightforward if an exact replica is needed, in this case we will take detailed images of the whole of the carpet and colour match wool samples.

If the original carpet has not survived in the room we can carry out research to see if there are any clues as to what might have been there (family portraits and photographs have proved to be very useful in this way). If no record can be found of the original carpet design then an investigation of rooms of a similar period in other houses is carried out and suitable designs proposed.

Water colour showing design and colours, New carpet in place, Point paper pattern

The ‘new’ design may be based on an old decorative design, a painted ceiling or wall panels, or relate to colours of walls, drapes or upholstery in the room. A blue print of the architecture of the design is drawn to scale, followed by a watercolour of the proposed design and colours.  Point papers are then made up in our studio in Wales as a guide for the weavers and the wool colours decided upon.

In addition we have an extensive archive of designs drawn and coloured designs with samples.