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Published: 01 May 2021

By Andy Ross

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Article of the Week - number fifty-eight - A carpet from the Natural History Museum

London's Natural History Museum is full of treasures for anyone interested in animals, birds and plants.

In the last years of the 20th Century some of the mosaic floors of the Museum, now uncovered, were underneath carpets. These were industrially woven pieces, designed to withstand the tread of thousands of visitor feet each year. The carpets used the logo of the Museum on a background of green, blue and orange-red, and were a part of the experience of anyone who visited the iconic building in South Kensington for decades. 

A few years ago one of the lengths was acquired for the studio collection. Sadly there is no information available online as to the maker or the designer, and we would like to add that information. If anyone knows anything or has any clues for us about where to look, please get in touch. 

Incidentally, the Museum has just played host to a live performance for the Urban Nature project and you can listen to it on YouTube until the 31st May. The video is on this page from the NHM.