One of Scotland’s most impressive Victorian houses, Kincardine Castle boasts a large walled garden modelled on the 17th century Safavid or Mughal style of garden known as a chahar bagh, meaning ‘four gardens’, reflecting the Paradise of Koranic and Old Testament scripture. Inspiring many poems and mystical song, the word ‘Paradise’ comes from the Old French paradis, via the Greek paraedeisos, meaning ‘enclosed park or garden’, and the imagery of these gardens was transposed to carpets, such as the famous Wagner Garden Carpet in Glasgow’s Burrell Collection and the Jaipur Garden Carpet in India. In 2016, the owners of Kincardine Castle, Andrew and Nicky Bradford, commissioned The Nomads Tent to weave a carpet would reflecting their own spectacular garden, and the result is this 8.3m x 4.15m carpet, designed by acclaimed landscape architect Laura Mackenzie, who brilliantly illustrated the garden and the Cairngorm mountains. The carpet was woven with natural dyes in India by Vijay Thakur of Cottage Crafts of India and is exhibited at The Nomads Tent showroom in Edinburgh; thereafter the carpet will go to the Castle’s grand dining room. The exhibition includes the Kincardine Kilim Collection, also designed by Laura Mackenzie.
Additionally, the gallery is hosting a special event at 6pm on Thursday 21st April, telling the story of a rare and highly-prized rug by the revered weaver Mochtasham: one of only two examples known to be extant, this was recently unearthed after having been in storage at Edinburgh’s National Museum of Scotland for over 120 years.