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Ritz-Carlton, Budapest

Design Firm

  • GA Design


BSZ Photography / Daniel Domolky

The Story


The Ritz-Carlton Budapest is a palatial retreat in the cultural heart of Budapest close to St Stephen’s Basilica, overlooking the city’s jewel – the river Danube.

Ulster Carpets worked closely with GA Design to create bespoke woven axminster for this exciting project in the Hungarian capital.

Armed with a brief to create a contemporary, luxurious feel which reflected the hotel’s surroundings, Ulster created a number of designs for the lobby, corridors and guest rooms within the hotel.

The story running through the building is inspired by the idea of ‘The Blue Danube’. Shimmering blue and grey tones are predominant in the carpet designs and tie the entire interior scheme together.

The strongest statements are in the lobby and guestrooms. The carpet in the lobby is designed to represent the energy and flow of the river in a linear direction drawing guests into the hotel and towards the reception desk. The patterns are deliberately intended to create swirls which mimic the ebb and flow of a river and the movement of water. Greys and whites in this carpet create a feeling of light on the water’s surface and touch on the possibility of ice in the river which can occur in the depths of Hungarian winter.

The idea of ice and blue water is particularly clear in the guestroom carpet, which makes a very modern statement and adds a splash of drama within the room contrasting the classical decor elements.