The India Silk Bedroom

Are there any words more redolent of the exotic than ‘India’ and ‘Silk’? Together they suggest spices, the romance of travel and summer nights under the stars.

We can only speculate as to the origins of the Indian silk bedspread that lends its name to this bedroom at Althorp (below) but, given its undoubted age, we can imagine that it has a fascinating history.

The India Silk Bedroom at Althorp. Notice the colourful bedspread from which the room takes its name.

This bedroom is tucked away in a peaceful corner of the house with beautiful views of the gardens below. It is popular with house guests at Althorp today as it is part of a suite with its own dressing room and bathroom.

The  magnificent bed was made in 1923 using bedposts which date from the time of John, 1st Earl Spencer (1734-1883). Theodore Alexander has re-envisaged this bed with removable posts.

'The India Silk Bed', A mahogany and parcel gilt four poster bed, arched headboard, four cluster column posts, baluster acanthus leaf carved bases.

'The India Silk Bed', A mahogany and parcel gilt four poster bed, arched headboard, four cluster column posts, baluster acanthus leaf carved bases.

Hand carved acanthus detailing

Also within the room is an upholstered Bergère with graceful curves which originated in the Music Room, Spencer House as part of a suite of chairs and furniture with similar frieze decoration. Bergère is the French term for this type of upholstered chair with an exposed wood frame.  This Spencer House set was by James ‘Athenian’ Stuart, London.

'The India Silk Bedroom Chair', A mahogany and parcel gilt Bergère, the arched and padded scoop back with a carved toprail leading to part padded and sinuously scrolled arms and uprights enclosing a cushion seat

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