Eyemats for Culzean Castle
With nearly 80,000 visitors touring Culzean Castle each year, the property’s beautiful and historic carpets are at significant risk of damage from foot traffic. The Trust uses a variety of methods to protect these historic textiles, including covering floors with pieces of coarsely woven fabric called druggets; while useful, these options distract from the overall aesthetic of Robert Adam’s interiors. With funding from the US Foundation the Trust will purchase “eyemats” that protect the carpets while also visually representing the surface they are covering. Material printed with the carpet design is laid over the original, allowing visitors to retain the sense of the complete historic interior. Six “eyemats” will replace druggets in rooms including the Library, the Long Drawing Room, and the entrance to the Armory.