Rooms within a room with Wilton Carpets Commercial

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    Woven axminster carpets from Wilton Carpets Commercial now create a homely feel for patrons, cleverly breaking up the large open floorplan of The Old Ball pizza kitchen and bar in Horsforth, Leeds for The Orchid Pub Group.Selected by Rob Matthews of design practice Matthews Mee Ltd for its track record of delivering beautiful traditionally-influenced carpets, Wilton Carpets Commercial has provided some 200 square metres of bespoke eight-row axminster broadloom carpet throughout the bar and restaurant area. Utilising the company’s Optimum colour palette, which includes vibrant jewel tones mixed with inviting neutrals, the carpets provide the destination with a floor that evokes a feeling of warmth and familiarity.

    “When considering the design of open-plan interiors, we take a ‘rooms within a room’ approach to combat an institutional or overtly cold atmosphere that is an inherent problem in large interiors such as The Old Ball, explains Rob Matthews of Matthews Mee Ltd. “It is a trick that many of us will be unknowingly familiar with, because if you’ve ever sat in a ‘snug’, this is the exact same concept used by traditional public houses for many years.

    “There are several methods we use to achieve this, but we always start with the flooring as it has a huge impact on the feel of a particular space. Working closely with Wilton’s design team, we created two designs; an oversize paisley style and a fleur-de-lys inspired pattern, using the Optimum palette to give a contemporary edge. At first the designs appear traditional, giving the floor that all-important feeling of warmth, but they are also perfectly coordinated with other elements in each space. The result is one of individuality in each area or ‘room’, but with an aesthetic that remains balanced throughout the entire open-plan layout. The finished interior has met our client’s brief of an inviting, familiar and homely place to dine and relax for its patrons.”

    Manufactured at Wilton’s Wiltshire facility, the bespoke broadloom carpet was produced in a high performance eight-row 80% wool, 20% nylon construction for wear resistance and appearance retention, helping the carpet to perform in a modern and busy hospitality environment. Using Wilton Carpets Commercial’s Optimum colour palette, Matthews Mee Design was able to facilitate a 28-day turnaround bespoke carpet, while retaining the creative flexibility of 12 individual colours.

    For further information contact Wilton Carpets Commercial on 01722 746000 or

    Daniel Fountain / 11.11.2013

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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