Alnwick Castle, Northumberland.
A grand Medieval Castle and home of the Percy Family, the Earls and Dukes of Northumberland, for over 700 years. The castle has an exciting history and has more recently become known to millions as ‘Hogwarts’ in the Harry Potter films and later as ‘Brancaster Castle’ in the 2014 Downton Abbey Christmas special.
The property underwent significant redecorated in the mid 19th Century under the guardianship of the 4th Duke. Further restoration treatment was carried out under the instruction of the current Duchess of Northumberland in the early part of the 21st Century. This restored many of the state rooms back to their impressive former glory.
The state rooms are grand and imposing, rich with sumptuous fabrics, fine art and furniture but also contain personal artifacts of the 12th Duke and Duchess of Northumberland and their family. Some of these state rooms are open for the public to enjoy.
The State Dining Room
The State Dining Room.
A pure silk damask was woven in forest green for the restoration of the State Dining Room walling and 32 Chippendale matching dining chairs.
The colour was matched to a remaining fragment found in the house. The unique design was redrawn by the Humphries Weaving studio from an early 19th Century crimson house document.
Project reference: 2015
The Drawing Room
The Drawing Room was one of the later of the State Rooms to be restored bringing it back to its former glory.
Pure silk tissue in crimson and gold redrawn from the remaining evidence from the early 19th Century Drawing Room walling. This fabric was used to refurbish the window drapes, walling and some of the room’s seat furniture.
Project Reference: 2069
Damask woven in pure silk in yellow, in an early 19th Century design from the Saloon walls. The double motif design was rewoven in three different design widths to match the original panels for the walling and window drapes.
Project Reference: 2068 / 2086
Also woven was a lustring in pure silk for the linings of the window drapes in the Yellow Saloon.
Project Reference: 2090
The Small Dining Room
The Small Dining Room, a private room for family use that is not open for public viewing.
Narrow woven pure silk damask in rust/salmon for the small dining room wall panels and window drapes. The French style design is late 18th Century and can be seen also at Clarence House, Stour and Buckland Park.
Project reference: 2217
Pure silk plain satin in rust/salmon for outer walling panels for the small dining room.
Project reference: 2217A
Pure silk lute in rust/salmon for window drape lining in the small dining room.
Project reference: 2217B
Upholstery quality in Cotton/ mix fibres narrow design in rust/salmon for small dining room chair seats tight upholstery. The design matches the walling pattern.
Project reference: 2230