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The Savoy

Design Firm

  • Pierre-Yves Rochon


Parrott Photography

The Story

Ulster Carpets completed one of its most prestigious projects – carpeting London’s iconic Savoy Hotel as part of a £220 million restoration project.

The Savoy, which opened in 1889, was London’s first luxury hotel and has been a magnet over the years for the Royal Family, statesmen from all over the world and the rich and famous from every era. The romantic finale to the film Notting Hill (1999) starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant is set in the hotel’s Lancaster Room.

Working with acclaimed Parisian designer Pierre Yves Rochon, Portadown-based Ulster Carpets designed and manufactured more than £1 million of Axminster carpet with a brief to preserve the spirit of the Savoy’s two main design aesthetics, Edwardian and Art Deco.

Muted undertones of marine blue, navy and cream render the carpets the main focal point against an absorbing backdrop of white interiors. Such a visual concept culminates in a sense of celebration which truly reflects the theatrical history of both the Savoy and its location.