AWN Pugin and the Palace of Westminster

Exhibition in Upper Waiting Hall 8-11 January 2007

In 2006 the Advisory Committee on Works of Art and the Speaker’s Art Fund acquired a hand-knotted rug designed in the 1850s by AWN Pugin for the New Palace of Westminster. A display of the rug, along with other related items from the collection, has been organised in the Upper Waiting Hall, looking at Augustus Pugin’s contribution to the original decorative schemes for the building.   Caroline Babington of the Curator's Office has carried out research from original correspondence and explains the significance of the rug to the understanding of one of the most important schemes of interior design of the 19th century.

After the exhibition ends, the rug will be displayed off the Main Committee Corridor of the Palace of Westminster.

Pugin Rug