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.
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.
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.
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