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The Royal Albert Hall

Find out how Linney Cooper designed and fit the carpets & flooring in the magnificent Royal Albert Hall, London.

Royal Albert Hall Linney Cooper Carpets

Linney Cooper are extremely proud to supply and fit the flooring for The Royal Albert Hall - the outstanding Grade 1 listed building that's provided a plethora of history over 150 years.

Fitting carpet for The Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall LC1

In 2003, the brief to Axminster Carpets and Linney Cooper was to produce approximately 4,000sqm of bordered carpets for the rooms, corridors, stairs and landings at the Royal Albert Hall. The request was for a Victorian design and border with a complimentary outfill.

It was essential the majority of fitting was to be completed between10pm and 6am, after the live performances had finished. To tackle this extremely difficult task, an assortment of different departments were asked for their input and many hours of planning were required to tackle this particular fitting.

The Royal Albert Hall is an oval shape with the main corridors resembling that of a giant horseshoe. As the finished oval carpet measured 57m by 53, and was not symmetrical, the entire piece had to be designed with three tiers of different shapes.

Each tier took approximately one month from measurement, to design, to the plan on the loom for weaving. Each landing and half landing needed to be designed as an individual rug, woven within such a degree of accuracy that on a 28m roll of finished carpet, the design required to be woven to be within 1 inch of the design length.

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RAH Carrying carpet up the stairs 1997 Linney Cooper

Another fascinating puzzle involved in the planning and fitting of Royal Albert Hall was the main lobby and stairs.

With a total size of 36m x 10.5m, the main lobby was also curved with the bordered woven as part of the carpet.

Due to the immense length and weight being just over half a metric tonne, the carpet needed to be carried up the stairs by 22 people.

Linney Cooper have also recently fitted additional carpets in The Royal Albert Hall this year, revamping in the upper circle and boxes.

Linney Cooper worked in partnership again with Axminster Carpets on this project.

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