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The Relais Henley

Design Firm


Courtesy of The Relais Retreats

The Story

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.