Today in this Throwback I’ll be transitioning, instead of discussing one particular design style I will be discussing one building. Balmoral Castle is one of the many castles the Royal Family vacations since 1852, when the property was purchased by Prince Albert. Located in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, the purchase, construction and design of Balmoral was not only bought for vacation purposes but was also a political move.
In the United Kingdom, Scotland and Britain were currently at odds end due to the lifelong hostility between the two nations. However the aggression between the two nations amplified after the Jacobite Rising in 1745, which lead to the creation of the Act of Proscription in 1746. Within these acts, King Charles II of England banned all plaid in Scotland, ruining years of family tradition and heritage. Later on, the Act of Proscription were revoked, but the bitterness still remained. When Prince Albert and Queen Victoria began the construction of Balmoral, while Albert focused on the exterior, with architect William Smith, Queen Victoria focused on the interiors of the castle. Queen Victoria focused on German Biedermeier simplicity but almost every textile was designed to be a plaid. Queen Victoria saw the beauty and the historical importance of plaid to Scottish heritage and designed the interior to be a way bringing peace to the nations.
Mystic’s own Fulham Road Collection incorporates a tasteful plaid that resembles traditional Scottish heritage. The rich and vibrant colors of the tartan fabric incorporate the quintessential part of an ancient society made for modern day living.
I hope you enjoyed todays Throwback, and have a wonderful 4th of July!