Robert Adam Carpets
The celebrated architect and designer, Robert Adam, created a number of exciting carpet and rug designs to harmonise with his elaborate classical 18th century interiors, often to enhance but not to reflect the designs he famously created for ceilings.
Some of these carpets were made by Thomas Whitty in his hand knotting factory in Axminster or, later, at factories in Hammersmith.
His designs always have a certain masculinity despite the use of flowers and cornucopias. Many classical motifs are present in his border designs: icanthus scrolls, egg and dart motifs, guilloches, and sausage and ball motifs abound, as do fan corners and central medallions often with husk motifs draped around them.
Craigie Stockwell have recreated a number of original Adam carpets, sometimes simply copying the original or researching archives either in some Adam designed properties or at the Sir John Soane museum in London.
Craigie Stockwell’s studio also ceates new designs based on and inspired by Robert Adam’s work.
‘It is just so handsome and the colors are just right! I am really so pleased and cannot thank you and the team enough for making the rug that I envisioned. With such appreciation,’
Diane, Associate Curator of Decorative Arts, Monticello,
Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Virginia, U.S.A.