STAMP RUGS by RUG MAKER
Rug Maker® has officially been granted a licence by Royal Mail Group Ltd to manufacture this exclusive Stamp Rug Collection which fully captures the iconic design of Machin’s Royal Mail Stamps.
Used as a conventional rug or hung on a wall for an alternative look, the Queen’s Head Stamp Rug is the ultimate majestic design statement.
This unique collection of Stamp Rugs is skilfully handmade from 100% New Zealand Wool in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. The range incorporates a wide palette of colours bringing a regal air to any interior.
A little history... The first official sittings by Queen Elizabeth took place at Clarence House on 26 February 1952, almost three weeks after the death of her father, King George VI. The photographer was Dorothy Wilding, who was briefed beforehand by both Post Office and Royal Mint officials with their different requirements.
This first sitting produced three-quarter profile photographs of The Queen wearing a tiara. These were used by artists for initial stamp designs. However, from a heraldic point of view, it was felt that she should be wearing a coronet.
A fresh photographic session took place on 15 April, where The Queen now wore the diamond diadem made for George IV in the 1820s, designed to be worn outside a Cap of State. This had also been worn by Queen Victoria on the Penny Black and all her subsequent stamps.
The new three-quarter photograph selected was approved by The Queen on 5 May, with one proviso: The Queen felt it showed the diadem too far back on her head. This was altered by retouching the photo. This also clarified the outline of the diadem for reproducing at stamp size. All British definitive stamps bore this Wilding portrait from 1952 until 1967, when it was replaced by the sculptured head by Arnold Machin. The Wilding portrait was also incorporated into all commemorative stamps during this period, although the three-quarter format caused problems for some designers
Stamp Rugs by Rug Maker support GoodWeave
GoodWeave (formally known as RugMark International) is an international non-governmental organisation working to end illegal child labour in the handmade rug industry and offer educational opportunities to children in Southern Asia. The GoodWeave certification label is issued to rug manufacturers that adhere to the GoodWeave standard, agree to its independent verification and voluntarily join as licensees.
Visit goodweavenepal.org and goodweave.org.uk for more information.