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Bowhill Smoking Room now open to public features Dovecot rug

Photo credit Phoebe Grigor: Rug Tufter Kristi Vana in Smoking Room at Bowhill

The Duke of Buccleuch has enlisted the help of art historian Ben Divall to bring the Smoking Room at Bowhill back into circulation. Rather than using textile designs popular in the 1870s, which may or may not have been in situ, it was decided to commission new designs enabling the room to be reimagined for the 21st century. Dovecot’s Rug Tufter Kristi Vana has created a hearth rug depicting smoke and an intertwined Buccleuch & Queensberry family insignia using wool from the Bowhill Estate. Kristi worked closely with Paul Simmons of Timorous Beasties, who was commissioned to design textiles inspired by the Victorian room’s original furnishing, including bespoke curtains printed depicting plumes of smoke, linens and cushions, as well as a showpiece sofa featuring the south façade of the house on its back.

Take a visit to Bowhill in the Scottish Borders to see the Smoking Room for yourself: Bowhill’s 138 year old Smoking Room Open to Public for First Time.


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Gallery & Shop

Dovecot Studios is currently closed to the public in line with Government guidance. Please follow our website and social media for reopening information.

Usual Opening times:
Gallery & Shop
Mon-Sat: 10am-5pm

Tapestry Studio Viewing Balcony
Mon-Fri: 12-3pm
Sat: 10am-5pm


Pinks at Dovecot

From 7 January 2021
Fri-Sat: 10am-4pm

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