Carpet combinations at Wood Norton Hall

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    The boutique Grade II* listed four-star Wood Norton Hotel, Evesham, is now graced with just under 2,400 square metres of fine woven axminster and tufted carpets from Wilton Carpets Commercial. As part of a £4million refurbishment aimed at restoring the hotel’s grandeur and injecting contemporary style, Vassen Design Ltd turned to the experienced hands of the Wilton Carpets Commercial design team for a combination of bespoke and stock designs throughout the public areas and bedrooms.

    Within the principal bedrooms of the hotel, a bespoke carpet featuring delicate inlaid scroll designs and elegant stripe borders adds calm to the space and gives the bedrooms a more contemporary feel. A bespoke turquoise colour was added to the soft neutral shades taken from the Optimum colour palette to coordinate with the sumptuous fabrics, creating a contemporary harmony with the traditional panelled walls and ceilings. The carpets are woven in 7-row axminster with an 80/20 construction.

    Using Wilton’s Flexiweave service, the Optimum colour palette is carried through into the public areas with the increased durability of a nine-row construction and a contemporary textured design, once again providing a balanced contrast with traditional fixtures and fittings. This design continues with a contemporary colour block bordered runner on the grand wooden staircase providing colour and design continuity throughout.

    Turning to Wilton’s popular Ready to Go range, the bedrooms within the Pear Tree stable block and second floor of the main building benefit from the tufted Chenille design in Cardamom and Hemp colourways. The dark beige of Cardamom was used to create a cossetting atmosphere within the Pear Tree stable block, while the second floor bedrooms use the lighter Hemp colourway, again complementing traditional wood features.

    “Wood Norton Hotel has an exceptional historic interior, reflecting the lifestyle of the exiled French royals wholived there before World War One,” explains Sean Vassen of Vassen Design. “Crucially, many of the interior’s original features have stayed intact, the most notable of which is the finely crafted oak panelling. My aim was to enhance the interior spaces of the hotel by using a carefully modulated palette of textures and colours that work with the existing wood panelling, and I found I could achieve this with the Optimum palette as it allowed design flexibility in a coordinating bank of shades.”

    With a combination of woven carpets taking advantage of the flexible and cost-effective Flexiweave service where possible and tufted carpets from the Ready to Go collection, adapting qualities to suit each area, Vassen Design was able to achieve a high quality floor finish that was in keeping with the hotel’s ambience and that also kept to budget. All carpets were manufactured in the UK at Wilton Carpets Commercial’s Wiltshire production facility in a performance blend of 80% wool 20% nylon.

    For further information contact Wilton Carpets Commercial on 01722 746000 or

    Daniel Fountain / 20.02.2013

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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