Introducing the incomparable Stamp Rug, blending heritage and history with contemporary style.
Embossed with the Queen's head, featuring scalloped edges, defined raised contours, this rug gives a truly luxurious finish.
Stamp Rugs are exclusively produced under licence from Royal Mail which fully captures the iconic designs of Machin’s Royal Mail Stamps and the Victorian Penny Black & Penny Red.
Used as a conventional rug or hung on a wall for an original look. Stamp Rugs are the ultimate majestic design statement. Each exclusive Stamp Rug is hand-knotted by our highly skilled weavers in the Kathmandu valley, Nepal.
Initially, the looms have to be specially made for each different size rug. The high-quality wool is then spun and dyed using aniline colours, which produce depth and clarity in the finished product. Finally, the weavers dexterously hand knot each unique rug from prepared graph paper images.
The rugs are woven onto cotton warps and wefts and are made from 100% New Zealand wool. The culmination of the weavers’ experience combined with the highest quality materials creates the ultimate handmade rug.
The range incorporates a wide palette of colours bringing a regal air to any interior.
The Penny Black & Red were the first stamps ever produced for sending mail and are perhaps the most famous stamps in the world. Millions were printed yet many were destroyed resulting in the original stamps now becoming very sought after by collectors around the globe.
They were produced with simple printing techniques which resulted in each print run looking slightly different in colour, a collectable uniqueness.
The Victorian stamp look is captured by using Tibetan wool. The high lanolin content in the wool gives a varied & inconsistent colour palette when dyed, which gives the rug an aged appearance almost resembling an antique rug.
Each Penny Black Rug is unique and encapsulates both history and heritage in a contemporary rug.
The Penny Black was the world's first adhesive postage stamp used in a public postal system. It was issued in Britain on 1 May 1840, for official use from 6 May of that year.
All London post offices received official issues of the new stamps but other offices throughout the United Kingdom did not, continuing to accept postage payments in cash only for a period. Post offices such as those in Bath began offering the stamp unofficially after 2 May.
The idea of an adhesive stamp to indicate pre-payment of postage was part of Sir Rowland Hill's 1837 proposals to reform the British postal system; it was normal then for the recipient to pay postage on delivery. A companion idea, which Hill disclosed on 13 February 1837 at a government enquiry, was that of a separate sheet that folded to form an enclosure or envelope for carrying letters. At that time postage was charged by the sheet and on the distance travelled.
The Penny Black was in use for only a little over a year. It was found that a red cancellation was hard to see on a black background and the red ink was easy to remove, making it possible to re-use stamps after they had been cancelled. In 1841, the Treasury switched to the Penny Red and issued cancellation devices with black ink, much more effective as a cancellation and harder to remove.
Each Stamp Rug is an individual work of art.
Smaller sizes are available within 3-4 days. Larger sizes made to order in 10-12 weeks.
Eligible for a deposit payment of 50% on order and the balance when ready for delivery.
Please contact us for more details.