Furniture and Decoration
A great deal of research took place into how the palace might have been furnished and decorated. In some cases we used surviving records which told us that there were a great many tapestries and also that James V had bought himself some four poster beds – a new fashion very popular among the rich and powerful in Europe.
Our experts took inspiration from Scottish royal and noble residences of the time, using everything from stone carvings, to wall and ceiling paintings, as the basis for decorations in the palace. Furniture and fabrics, such as rugs and bed coverings, were a real challenge. Our researchers tackled this problem by studying everything from paintings, showing rooms inside great houses and castles, and inventories of people’s belongings, as well carefully examining surviving items in museum collections in the UK and overseas.
Top-quality craftsmen from the UK and Europe were commissioned to use authentic materials and techniques to refurnish and redecorate the palace. A team of weavers are also recreating a series of late medieval tapestries, telling the tale of the Hunt of the Unicorn. Several of these already grace the walls of the Queen’s Inner Hall and by 2013 there will be a full set of seven. While we can never know exactly what the palace would have looked like, we hope that a member of Scotland’s Renaissance royal family would feel very much at home.