Canons Ashby’s new staircase carpet

A historic loom being used

When wandering through our historic house, many visitors don’t think about what’s under their feet.

The carpet in the main staircase does a very important job: it protects our vulnerable and historic floor, allowing us to share this house with the many thousands of curious visitors who arrive each year.

This carpet has been wearing thin, especially in places which get the most foot-traffic, so we’re now in the process of replacing it with something much better.

By examining watercolours painted by Clara Dryden in the early 1900’s, a new carpet pattern has been designed, inspired by what was here over 100 years ago. This will be created on historic looms by Grosvenor Wilton, one of the UK’s oldest independent carpet manufacturers.

Creating a carpet on historic equipment
Creating a carpet on historic equipment
Creating a carpet on historic equipment

Grosvenor Wilton works with traditional looms that are up to 120 years old, using methods which haven’t changed since 1790, except of course they are now powered by electricity.

The new historically accurate carpet has now been installed in the main staircase and ready to protect the floor this coming summer.

Fitting with care
Staircase carpet being fitted
Fitting with care

Remember to look down and admire what you’re walking over next time you visit.

A new carpet based on an historical pattern
Fitted staircase carpet
A new carpet based on an historical pattern