Carpet is the true glory of The French thanks to Wilton

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    Cited by famed restaurant critic Giles Coren as the ‘true glory of this place’ and inspired by the hues and grain of limed oak, a beautiful bespoke woven axminster carpet from Wilton Carpets Commercial adorns the floor of The French at The Midland Hotel.

    The new Manchester flagship restaurant under Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan, The French’s grade-II listed Rococo style appearance had to radically change to complement its new modern English dining experience.QHotels turned to Wilton Carpets to provide the luxurious experience of fine woven bespoke carpet.

    “The historic interior had to transform to matchthe style of Simon’s cuisine, in addition to providing expected levels of comfort and luxurious finishes,” explains Trudi Purtill, director of group development, QHotels. “With the high ceiling and ovoid shaped room, acoustics were a concern. Hard flooring was not an option and so the luxury, comfort and acoustic absorption of woven carpet was an ideal solution. The brief was given to Wilton’s design manager Julie Robertson for a carpet that pays homage to a limed oak floor, as we felt this would be the perfect compromise.”

    Turning to the neutrals and contemporary slate hues within theelegant Optimum Palette, Julie created three initial concepts as sophisticated interpretations of parquet, plank and overall limed oak effects. Liaising with Trudi Purtill, the chosen plank style design was refined with additional grain and knot characteristics, giving an understated quality and contemporary feel to the design that plays perfectly with the new décor, lavish Rococo detailing and modern furnishings of the interior.

    “It took just one hand-trial before the design was perfected, and having worked with Wilton Carpets Commercial many times in the past, this is not an uncommon experience. The end result has met with much critical acclaim and provided a vital component in achieving a seemingly impossible transformation,” concludes Trudi Purtill.

    The 125 square metres of bespoke carpet was woven in a durable and appearance retaining combination of 80% wool 20% nylon at Wilton’s Wiltshire facility in a quality nine-row construction that offers high levels of underfoot comfort and longevity. Installed by Pocklington Carpets Ltd, the carpet has been in daily use since March of this year.

    Daniel Fountain / 19.07.2013

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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