Set in 260 acres of glorious parkland, just outside Dublin, Malahide Castle has a history dating back to 1185. Originally a wooden fortress, the castle is a living part of Irish history having undergone a complete rebuild, extensions and additions over the centuries. Wilton were delighted to be invited to play a small part in the conservation of this beautiful building.
Now under the stewardship of Fingal County Council, a significant programme of conservation works to Malahide Castle’s Great Hall, a significant programme of renewal was undertaken between November 2020-August 2022. The Great Hall dates back to 1475; redesigned in the 1820’s in the neo-gothic style, the room had been little altered since then.
As a part of the works programme, the roof, rainwater goods, insulation, and mechanical and electrical services were all upgraded.
To best showcase the historic collection displayed in the room, the design team wanted to upgrade some elements of presentation such as lighting, the picture-hang, and the carpet.
Instrumental in the project was Cathal Dowd Smith, Curator;
“Working with Wilton Carpets meant that we were able to re-create a historic carpet from some late-nineteenth-century photographs, modelling the design visible. This allowed us to best present the room as we know it once looked will also making a carpet able to withstand the traffic of our visitors.
We couldn’t be happier with the finished result.”
Our studio team worked diligently with period and contemporary imagery to ensure as much of the original pattern and colours were faithfully represented. Woven in 9 row quality axminster in our Wiltshire factory, the rug uses fully bespoke colours which we hope offers visitors to this beautiful hall an authentic sense for many years to come.
Images courtesy of Malahide Castle.