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The Iconic Knole Sofa

Posted on 09 Sep, 2017

The Iconic Knole Sofa
This year, Knole House, in Kent, re-opened it's doors after a £19.8 million conservation and restoration project.  One of the many rare pieces of furniture in need of The National Trust's conservation expertise was the 17th century Knole Sofa.  Accepted as the the first settee or sofa in England, and named after the house in which it belongs,  this magnificent piece of furniture was originally designed as a throne on which the Monarch could sit comfortably to receive visitors,  the high sides protecting them from both the winter drafts and the heat from the fire, with the side panels adjusted accordingly.  It became the inspiration for the country house sofa known simply as The Knole.
 
This priceless treasure is now back on display behind a glass panel in Knole House but,  if you want to try one for yourself, we make stunning reproductions of the Knole in fabric and leather. 
 

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