ROYAL PAVILION SALOON GETS BEAUTIFUL AXMINSTER CARPET
It was decorated for King George IV in 1823. Now the saloon room at Brighton’s Royal Pavilion has been restored to its former glory with a fabulous Axminster carpet.
The East Devon company worked closely with decorative artist Anne Sowden and members of the Royal Pavilion & Museums Foundation to recreate the original carpet – a highly elaborate and energetic design featuring 20 dragons, 100 sun rays and 274 lotus leaves.
Anne Sowden crafted an intricate, line-drawn and painted pattern which Axminster Carpets 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.”
The finished carpet is a gorgeous, kaleidoscopic vision of oriental colour and print.
Tree surgeon Rob Bedward is salvaging all sorts of scrap plastic and metal to create marvellous mushrooms.
It follows on from a earlier business which saw Rob using his chainsaw skills to carve wooden mushrooms.
He explains: “I generally use resin fillers as an outer surface, the inside skeleton, or structure can be made from anything such as mesh fan guards, steering wheels, reinforcing irons, plastic