The Palace of Holyrood House

The Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland.

The Palace, more commonly referred to as ‘Holyrood House or Holyrood Palace’ forms part of the Royal Collection and is the Queen’s official residence in Scotland.

The Palace was founded as a monastery in 1128, and is closely associated with Scotland’s turbulent past, including Mary, Queen of Scots, who lived there between 1561 and 1567. It now plays host to Royal engagements whilst the Monarch is in Scotland. King George V and Queen Mary held the first garden party in the grounds of Holyroodhouse and the tradition has been maintained to the present day. Each year, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh entertain around 8,000 guests from all walks of Scottish life during Holyrood week.

The King’s State Bed

The hangings on the King’s State Bed and fabric for the restoration of the chamber furniture.

Crimson pure silk broadloom damask for the restoration of the grand King’s State bed hangings and bedroom furniture. The hand woven fabric is one of four versions of this design in the company archive and differs a little to that at Hampton Court Palace and Windsor Castle.

Project reference: 357 /418

The King’s Closet.

The King’s Closet.

Bright green pure silk damask woven for window drapes and furniture restoration in the King’s Closet.

Popular to the period, the same design can be seen at Hampton Court Palace, Windsor Castle, Chatsworth House, Aston Hall Birmingham, and another version is in the Warner Archive.

Project reference: 315

The Mary, Queen of Scots Bed Chamber

Window drape restoration in the Mary, Queen of Scots bed chamber.

Originally preserved under the instruction of George IV who ordered that the apartments of Mary, Queen of Scots should be ‘preserved sacred from every alteration’. Humphries Weaving undertook a later restoration for the Window Drapes in Old Gold pure silk damask.

Project reference: 463 /507