Relais Cooden Beach

Long-term relationships are central to the success of Ulster Carpets and our work at Relais Cooden Beach marks a continuation of our success with renowned hotelier, Grace Leo.

Following on from our success at The Relais Henley – the first property to open under The Relais Retreats brand founded by Grace – we again used our design prowess to capture the English seaside vibe of this elegant hotel.

A stylish retreat on the Sussex coast, Relais Cooden Beach redefines the concept of English seaside hotels with its stylish new interiors.

Located on a private beach with uninterrupted views across the English Channel, the hotel embodies the sense of history and style that defines The Relais Retreats brand.

The Relais Henley was a 16th Century property that hosted Kings, Queens and Heads of State and this sense of history can also be found at Relais Cooden Beach. Set in Bexhill-on-Sea, the former private home of the De La Warr family counts King George VI and his family; the young Princess Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret the Duke of Windsor and Wallace Simpson as well as Winston Churchill amongst its notable guests.

The town is also known as the home of British motor racing after hosting the first automobile race in 1902.

This sense of history is offset by a refreshing interior design that captures the spirit of the British seaside and the ever-changing colours of the English Channel as well as being influenced by Nantucket, New England and Deauville.

The carpets and rugs designed and manufactured by Ulster for the guest rooms, corridors and public areas encapsulate this spirit perfectly.

The guestroom carpet design is the perfect example of this, with the style inspired by the English deck chair – a quintessential element of the British seaside – yet with a sophisticated colour palette that adds individuality.

In addition to the bespoke design, Natura Arcus Storm from our Contract Stock collection can be found in the meeting rooms.

This beachside retreat showcases the collaborative approach at Ulster Carpets that interior designers and hoteliers have come to trust.

To discover more of our carpet design collaborations around the world, visit our Projects page. If you would like to enquire about bespoke carpet solutions for your venue, don’t hesitate to contact us.


Lost Property, St Paul’s, London

The iconic London skyline of St. Paul’s has been captured at Lost Property, St Paul’s, London through bespoke designs by Ulster Carpets.

An exceptional addition to Hilton’s Curio portfolio, this London hotel is a Grade II listed building that embodies its historic location and offers a unique guest experience.

Ica – one of the world’s leading hotel architecture and interior design practices – and Key Interior and Designs – a practice specialising in bespoke designs for luxury hotels and private residential clients, led by Rani Ahluwalia – played an integral role in the wider design team, ensuring that the client’s interior design aspirations were met.

Continuing to build on their long-term relationship, the collaboration between Ica, Key Interior and Designs and Ulster Carpets resulted in a series of designs that celebrates the hotel’s individual spirit, as defined by the uniqueness of the Curio collection.

This is particularly evident in the corridors. At Ulster Carpets, we are accustomed to creating designs that take their cues from a hotel’s overall style but, for the corridor carpet, we took inspiration from the instantly recognisable architecture of St Paul’s.

Enriched by pastel tones that add eye catching colour, this beautifully detailed carpet demonstrates Ulster’s ability to create precise detail.

Accentuating the Art Deco and mid-century design throughout the hotel, Ulster also designed and manufactured a series of bespoke carpets for the guestrooms and suites.

Through the use of different colours and styles that provide the various rooms with a distinctive identity, the guestroom carpets perfectly complement the hotel’s unique design features.

This includes the truly unique reception area where a custom wall display is offset by stunning lighting that, in turn, matches the colours and the ripple effect design of Ulster’s bespoke rugs.

Our work at Lost Property is the perfect example of The Art of Ulster concept. With patented weaving technology and world-class designers, Ulster Carpets can create bespoke carpets and rugs to match the essence of any venue.

The Art of Ulster concept is based around utilising the large canvas that flooring offers to create bespoke designs that would not look out of place in an art gallery. Instead, however, our inspiring creations are found in the world’s leading hotels, casinos and cruise ships.

If you’d like to see more of our collaborative design projects across the world, visit our Projects page. You can also discover more about design at Ulster on our Design Blog website, where we discuss the latest trends in design and showcase our design process on multiple bespoke projects.

Bespoke carpet in Relais Henley suite

The Relais Henley

Ulster Carpets offer premium bespoke carpets for boutique hotels around the world.

When it comes to attention to detail, few hotels will match the interior design standards of The Relais Henley.

Founded by international hotelier Grace Leo, this luxury boutique hotel lives up to her proven reputation of inventing, conveying, and developing hospitality venues with a distinctive design, personality and charm.

The first property to open under The Relais Retreats brand, The Relais Henley is located where the River Thames meets the historic market town of Henley.

The 16th Century property has been at the heart of Henley-on-Thames for over 500 years and has hosted Kings, Queens and Heads of State and this sense of history is projected across the hotel.

The bespoke carpet designs we created for the Heritage Suites, guestrooms, the Palm Court Lounge, and the Clipper Restaurant were a result of a close collaboration with Grace Leo and the talented team at Pascal Allaman Design.

Pascal Allaman has worked on a number of projects with Grace Leo over the years from Paris, St Jean Cap Ferrat to Mustique.

Pascal commented, “This creation was a great experience of creative work in collaboration with the Ulster Carpets team in Paris.”

Nowhere is that more obvious than in the Palm Court Lounge, where we created a carpet to resemble a series of individual rugs. Rich in detail, the intricate design is a sum of its parts that reflects the visual depth that our patented weaving technology can create.

Grace said, “Our design inspiration for The Relais Henley came from the influence of the East Indian Trading company. Pascal wanted to create a patchwork of different rugs, Persian, Chinese, English, and working closely with Romain and Francoise at Ulster, they managed to get it fabricated as a wide carpet but still maintaining the 3D visual effect. We’ve had very positive feedback from our guests.”

The attention-to-detail is also reflected in the Clipper Restaurant where the biophilic design complements the relaxing essence of The Relais Henley.

Ulster have built a strong reputation for being able to translate a design theme into a detailed work of flooring art. Central to this is our talented team of world-class designers who are able to interpret concepts and transform them into detailed designs.

Our work on The Relais Henley also demonstrates the collaborative approach we take to every project. This results in mesmerising carpets of the highest quality.

To discover more of our carpet design collaborations around the world, visit our Projects page. If you would like to enquire about bespoke carpet solutions for your venue, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Leonardo London Heathrow Airport Club Lounge

Leonardo London Heathrow Airport

Ulster Carpets have completed work at the Leonardo London Heathrow Airport as part of a refurbishment project.

We worked alongside interior design practice, Cunningham McClean, to design and manufacture bespoke carpet that feature in Leonardo’s 230 guest rooms and the 11 meeting rooms that made the hotel so popular with business travellers and holiday makers.

The guest rooms feature different shades of mocha and plum that form part of bold symmetrical designs that coordinate perfectly together. The striped carpet design is contrasted by triangular wall patterns that both feature this same colour scheme.

For the meeting rooms, the symmetrical theme continues with a linear design but in a darker colour palette than the bedrooms that consists of varying grey green and charcoal shades.

Ulster’s carpet designs seamlessly match the distinctive style of the Leonardo brand while also meeting the added requirements of durability. Due to the hotel’s close proximity to Heathrow Airport, all the 230 guest rooms are soundproofed and this prerequisite for a quiet night’s sleep is further enhanced by the proven sound absorption qualities of Ulster’s wool-rich carpets.

Leonardo Hotels and Jurys Inn are both part of the Fattal Group and we’re delighted to be continuing to work with both brands. We have already designed and manufactured bespoke carpets for Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge, Leonardo Royal London City and Leonardo Royal Southampton Grand Harbour while our strong relationship with Jurys Inn has been in place for over 20 years.

Ponant Le Commandant Charcot

Bespoke luxury carpets and rugs from Ulster are featured on Le Commandant Charcot – the world’s first hybrid-electric polar exploration ship powered by Liquified Natural Gas (LNG).

This latest addition to the prestigious Ponant fleet is also the first luxury ship in the world capable of taking passengers to the heart of the polar regions, ensuring that it breaks new ground in terms of passenger exploration experiences.

As the first-ever deep polar navigation cruise ship exploring the Arctic and the Antarctic, eco-responsibility is at the very heart of Le Commandant Charcot. The vast majority of the materials were selected for their low environmental impact from suppliers who have been awarded sustainable development labels.

Ulster Carpets have a long-standing relationship with Studio Jean-Philippe Nuel and Wilmotte et Associes and, having worked on Ponant ships in the past, this project continued to build on these successful partnerships.

Other Ponant luxury cruise ships that feature Ulster carpets includes Le Lapérouse, Le Champlain, Le Bougainville, Le Dumont-d’Urville, Le Jacques Cartier, Le Bellot, Le Boreal, L’Austral and Le Paul Gauguin. To view our bespoke carpet and rugs across these ships, click here.

Our bespoke carpets and rugs feature right across Le Commandant Charcot, including in the 123 suites and staterooms, Nuna and Sila restaurants, Expedition and Conference Rooms, the Kita theatre, and the Cigar Lounge.

With guests able to enjoy breath-taking polar views from almost every area, the design objective from architects Jean-Philippe Nuel and Jean-Michel Wilmotte was to “direct the eye outside, and to bring the outside in”.  As such, our carpet and rug designs are all about providing a holistic balance that evokes peace and tranquillity.

The designs complement the warm, understated settings of Le Commandant Charcot and are fully in keeping with the Ponant philosophy of providing a rare and exceptional ambiance for every passenger.

They also showcase the versatility of our talented designers, who have created show-stopping designs of colour and intricacy for a range of prestigious projects across the world. For Le Commandant Charcot, however, the focus was on producing a subtle interplay of tones and textures that allows guests to concentrate on the wonderful views of the Polar landscape outside their window.

If you’d like to see more of our bespoke carpet and rug projects for marine venues, go to our marine page.

Thornbury Castle, Bristol

Discover Ulster’s bespoke classic carpet designs at the historic Thornbury Castle.

Once the favoured escape of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Thornbury Castle is a luxurious retreat fit for royalty.

Fittingly, the Tudor castle’s guestrooms, suites and corridors are now adorned with bespoke classic carpets designed and manufactured by Ulster Carpets. Our carpets also feature in The Barron’s Sitting Room, which is one of the castle’s meeting rooms and event spaces.

Located in the village of Thornbury, not far from Bristol, this beautiful location is steeped in English history, with links right back to William the Conqueror.

The castle was originally conceived and constructed by Edward Stafford, the only man to rival the king’s wealth and status at that time. But when Stafford was executed for treason, King Henry VIII took the castle for himself and spent his honeymoon with Anne Boleyn there.

We worked closely with the team from Milan-based, international architectural firm, MMA Projects, on Thornbury Castle to give this one-of-a-kind destination, one-of-a-kind carpet.

Their focus was on giving each room its own look, so we created a distinctive classic carpet design for each guestroom and suite. The common thread between each one is that our carpets match the grandeur of the Tudor period and the distinctive décor that ranges from ornate ceilings and detailed wall hangings to window seats and four-poster beds.

This is particularly noticeable in the King Henry VIII Suite – a room that the king himself stayed in, in 1535. The beautifully ornate ceiling is an eye-catching feature that is perfectly complemented by a detailed carpet design in the Tudor style.

Thornbury Castle is a perfect example of The Art of Ulster. Our designers have been able to add layers of depth and detail to each carpet that add to the unique character of this unique hotel.

This level of intricate detail is only possible because of the combination of our world-class designers and our patented weaving technology – two key factors that set Ulster apart from our rivals.

To see more of our bespoke carpet projects around the world, go to our Projects page.

M Club in London Marriott Grosvenor Square

London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square

The artful elegance of Mayfair provided the inspiration for the bespoke carpet designs by Ulster at the London Marriott Grosvenor Square.

The 5-star experience at this beautiful hotel has been enhanced through a renovation that has honed in on both the architectural sophistication of the building itself and the surrounding area.

The project is another great example of Ulster’s collaborative approach. We worked with the talented team at RPW Design to create custom carpets for the ballroom, M Club, guestrooms, suites and corridors.

In line with the design philosophy influenced by architectural focal points, the carpet designs are influenced by the ironwork detailing that can be found in Mayfair. This ironwork inspiration is also embedded in a neutral colour palette that is accented by navy and grey tones.

The subtle variations on this design theme create a sense of continuity throughout the various areas of the hotel; matching a style that embodies the Marriott’s home-away-from-home values.

Being able to turn a design vision into a reality is one of the clear advantages of working with Ulster. Design is at the very heart of our custom carpets and with some of the best designers in the world, we can create unlimited design possibilities for every space.

This design expertise is matched by a patented weaving system that delivers a greater degree of design intricacy, an enhanced spectrum of colour and an unrivalled level of efficiency. Being in control of every aspect of the manufacturing process also ensures the essential factors of sustainability, serviceability and practicality are incorporated into every carpet.

If you’d like to see more of our collaborative design projects across the world, visit our Projects page. You can also discover more about design at Ulster on our Design Blog website, where we discuss the latest trends in design and showcase our design process on multiple bespoke projects.

Marriott Prague Lobby Carpet

Prague Marriott Hotel, Czech Republic

Bespoke carpet and rugs from Ulster have helped enhance the warm and modern elegance of The Prague Marriott Hotel.

The hotel may be conveniently located on the edge of the Old Town but the interior design provides a perfect balance between the past and the present.

Ulster again worked closely with leading interior design practice, twenty2degrees, on this project. Our carpets and rugs feature in the guest rooms, public areas and corridors, with a consistent design theme providing a real sense of continuity.

Central to this are the strong geometric shapes and contemporary colour palette used throughout the hotel. Marriott red is used as an accent colour in the public areas and, in particular, in the statement design within the lobby.

This provides an impactful welcome for guests before the more distressed aspects take centre stage as the design transitions to more muted tones in the corridors and the guest rooms.

Matching the essence of the venue, we have been able to reflect the sense of flow created by twenty2degrees in our designs.

This attention to detail is an essential aspect of what Ulster delivers for the leading hotels, casinos and cruise ships across the world.

With experience of working on a wide range of projects, our talented designers utilise the design freedoms provided by our patented weaving technology to match any venue’s signature style.

By working in partnership we can meet any design brief and provide unrivalled levels of luxury and quality.

bespoke carpet in ballroom of intercontinental paris

InterContinental Paris Le Grand

Ulster Carpets have once again returned to work with Pierre-Yves Rochon on the InterContinental Paris Le Grand, creating a range of bespoke carpets and rugs for the iconic hotel.

Inaugurated in 1862 under Napoleon III, the 5-star hotel is a historical setting where guests experience the French art of living in a sumptuous Second Empire décor.

We have already completed work on the breath-taking ballroom, as detailed below, and, for the latest phase of the restoration, the focus was on Café de la Paix and La Verrière as well as the guestrooms, suites and corridors.



The final phase of an ambitious restoration, the latest renaissance of Café de la Paix and La Verrière by Pierre-Yves Rochon includes bespoke carpet and rugs from Ulster Carpets.

A true institution within the hotel, the Café de la Paix is ​​an essential place in Parisian life where the great classics of French gastronomy are in the spotlight. Known for its beautiful glass roof, La Verrière is found in the heart of the hotel and is equally as popular.

Matching the timeless décor, a classic design in delicate green has been used for these areas, complemented by neutral, traditional-style rugs.



Our bespoke carpet in the guestrooms and suites provide a subtle foundation for Pierre-Yves Rochon to build upon.

Offering the ultimate luxury, the relaxing play of light and shade is perfect for The City of Light. With each room and suite creating a distinctive look and feel, our designers have been able to tailor our carpets to match the desired ambience.

This is particularly apparent in the various suites, which have all been designed as bright Parisian apartments. Combining French chic with the ultimate in comfort, our carpets embody the 5-Star characteristics of this world-class hotel.



Working closely with Paris design house, Pierre-Yves Rochon, Ulster created an Axminster masterpiece to take centre stage in the ballroom at the Intercontinental Paris, Le Grand Hotel.

The hotel, located in the centre of this romantic city, defines historical grandeur and the Opéra ballroom has been at the heart of Parisian society for decades.

Ulster designers worked with Pierre-Yves Rochon to create a bespoke Axminster design that mirrored the breathtaking painted ceiling, including the central focal point which houses the extravagant chandelier.

A beautiful marbling effect delicately frames different elements of the intricate design, mimicking the elegant columns surrounding the room. The lavish patterns combine beautiful salmon pinks, pastel blues, pale greens and luscious golds to create a magnificent spectacle fit for this iconic 5-star venue.

If you’d like to discover more of our bespoke carpets and rugs across the world, go to the projects page of our website.

Hall U Need Lille Carpet

Hall U Need, Saint-André-Lez-Lille

Visitors to the impressive Hall U Need in Saint-André-Lez-Lille can take the right steps forward thanks to the functional carpet design by Ulster.

With a capacity of 1,650 people over 7000m2, Hall U Need is the second-largest indoor leisure complex in France and the largest in Hauts-de-France. It is also the largest restaurant-bar in the Lille metropolis.

Unique to Europe, this exciting indoor restaurant and leisure complex offers multiple activities to suit all tastes and ages. It includes a 500-seat restaurant, a 10-lane bowling alley, arcade games, a 600m2 children’s play area, a miniature car racing circuit, karaoke and much more.

With so much to do, our designers incorporated signage within the flooring that will help visitors find their way to the various activities. With clear colour codes and descriptions, all they need to do is quite literally follow the arrows.

Fittingly, this ultra-modern complex was once an old textile factory, meaning Ulster was the perfect flooring choice.

The decision was also helped by Ulster’s reputation for meeting the needs of entertainment venues. Our luxury bespoke carpets adorn some of the world’s finest ballrooms and, of course, they can also be found in the leading casinos across North America, including in Las Vegas.

As all these projects prove, Ulster’s ability to combine durability with design ensures our carpets can be both functional and visually stunning.