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Visit to Brighton Museum and Pavilion

16th JUNE 2020 at 11am *POSTPONED*

>> RESCHEDULED for JUNE 2021


Brighton textile and carpet visit - Brighton Museum and the Royal Pavilion

The main sessions are with the curator Dr Helen Mears – Keeper of World Art at the Royal Pavilion and Brighton Museum


Discussions and handling sessions at the Brighton Museum will include a selection of items from:

- The Green collection of SE Asian textiles (originally presented as an ORTS lecture)

- The significant collection of Hmong textiles (linked to Gerald Manley)

- The group of embroidered Rabari garments from India

(and possibly a series of Chinese Dragon robes)


Then independent viewing at the Royal Pavilion in the afternoon but with an optional talk by a curator about the recently opened Pavilion Saloon and its Axminster carpet, but at additional cost.


Restricted to 15 places


Group Leader: Sue Jones


Timetable and application form here



Brighton Pavilion – The Saloon (extract from Brighton Pavilion website)

Following an extensive renovation, the stately Saloon has now reopened to the public - a room of rich history and aesthetic prowess

Working closely with decorative artist Anne Sowden and members of the Royal Pavilion & Museums Foundation, Axminster Carpets were 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.


The history of the Pavilion is inextricably bound to Axminster Carpets. The original carpet was manufactured by Thomas Witty and it was vital to the Pavilion members that the replica was made at the home of its original birthplace.


"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


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 lour scheme and motif.


The finished carpet - a gorgeous kaleidoscope vision of oriental colour and print - completes the space.


"The result design is a triumph - beautiful, vibrant and historically informed" -David Beevers, Keeper of the Royal Pavilion


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