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Downton Abbey Antique Carpets Set Design

Antique Carpets From The Set Of Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey is back with gripping plots and dazzling sets as the fourth season premieres in the United States. It’s not just the plots that draw viewers in. The lavish Downton Abbey set design, surroundings, and furnishings, especially the antique rugs and tapestries, entertain viewers as well as Julian Fellows expertly crafted story-lines.

This historic costume drama presents a lush, alluring picture of life at the fictional Grantham estate in the early 20th century.

Antique Persian Serapi rug from the set of Downton Abbey - Nazmiyal

Picture of an antique Persian Serapi rug from the set of Downton Abbey

Viewers aren’t the only dedicated fans. Princess Kate and William watch it, and the Rolling Stones are such serious fans that the band receives episodes before they air.

In the fourth season, with the war well over, Downton Abbey has taken on a lighter, brighter style that extends to everyone, except Lady Mary. While Highclere Castle’s own antique carpets have been replaced with items that better fit the style of the show, it’s difficult to discern where real life ends and set dressing takes over.

The home’s famous Saloon with its Gothic decorations, massive fireplace and endless ceiling is the heart of the estate. This monumental room is anchored by a spectacular oversized carpet featuring a mouthwatering strawberry red field juxtaposed against verdant green borders. The large-scale designs perfectly mirror the monumental proportions of Highclere Castle and the majesty of its beautifully maintained grounds and signature Lebanon cedars.

Antique Carpets of Downton Abbey, Antique Aubusson Carpet - Nazmiyal

Antique Carpets of Downton Abbey – An Antique Aubusson Carpet

Historical Jacobean and Elizabethan trends are immortalized throughout the show’s sets, which display a preference for colorful antique carpets from India with heavily stylized designs and large antique Persian rugs with grand arabesques that give each room a unique style.

These regal pieces are typically associated with Sultanabad rugs and the antique Ziegler carpets of Mahal; however, darker and more studious creations in the styles of Bidjar and Tabriz are displayed as well. The ancestry of the aristocratic family and their home is clearly evident in the furnishings, which share a stately heirloom appearance as if they were passed down over the centuries. There are leather wall coverings from 17th century Spain, elegant Aubusson carpets and classical European tapestries that show a deliberate, progressive recession into the past.

Antique Sultanabad Rug From The Set Of Downton Abbey - Nazmiyal

Antique Sultanabad Rug From The Set Of Downton Abbey

These wonderful rugs and textiles illustrate an English connection that linked the country with Spain, France and the exotic East. The rich history and style of the early 20th century is omnipresent in this winning drama that has claimed oodles of well-deserved awards for its lavish story and setting.

Check out some of our favorite Downton Abbey inspired carpets:

Aubusson:

Large Antique French Aubusson Carpet | Nazmiyal

Large Antique French Aubusson Carpet

Antique Blue Mid 19th Century French Aubusson Carpet | Nazmiyal

Antique Blue Mid 19th Century French Aubusson Carpet

Large Oversized Square Antique French Aubusson Rug | Nazmiyal

Large Oversized Square Antique French Aubusson Rug

Antique Square French Aubusson Rug | Nazmiyal

Antique Square French Aubusson Rug

Antique Square Size French Aubusson Carpet | Nazmiyal

Antique Square Size French Aubusson Carpet

Sultanabad:

Large Oversized Red Antique Persian Sultanabad Rug | Nazmiyal

Large Oversized Red Antique Persian Sultanabad Rug

Antique Persian Large Scale Ziegler Sultanabad Carpet | Nazmiyal

Antique Persian Large Scale Ziegler Sultanabad Carpet

Antique Persian Sultanabad Rug | Nazmiyal

Antique Persian Sultanabad Rug

Heriz Serapi:

Antique Persian Heriz Silk Rug | Nazmiyal

Antique Persian Heriz Silk Rug

Room Size Antique Serapi Persian Rug | Nazmiyal

Room Size Antique Serapi Persian Rug

Large Jewel Tone Antique Persian Heriz Serapi Rug | Nazmiyal

Large Jewel Tone Antique Persian Heriz Serapi Rug

Oversized Antique Persian Heriz Serapi Rug | Nazmiyal

Oversized Antique Persian Heriz Serapi Rug

This rug blog about the Antique Carpets of Downton Abbey was published by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs in New York City.

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