Queen Elizabeth with Desso Axminster

Project Queen Elizabeth

Owner Cunard

Design Desso

Square Meters 13,200 m2

Product Axminster

In October 2010, the newest Cunard ship – Queen Elizabeth – was christened and added to Cunard’s fleet of gracious ocean liners. The Queen Elizabeth is the successor to the first ship of the same name, launched in 1938. It is therefore not a coincidence that the Queen Elizabeth interior design relives the grandeur of the 1930s and 1940s. Desso’s carpets enhance this design vision in private spaces like state rooms, as well as in public areas such as the Grand Lobby.


The 435m luxury liner has been created with high level design in mind, featuring a number of art deco flourishes to celebrate the era of 1930s ocean liners. The ship features grand public rooms with wood paneling, chandeliers and marble, all designed to breathe an atmosphere of classical glamour.

The floors are critical to this plan, which is why Desso’s high quality, bespoke carpets were selected as a design element in a number of areas, including the corridors and state rooms. Broadloom carpets provide a mark of quality, especially for marine hospitality, and can create a luxurious yet practical interior.


Of equal importance is the quality and safety of these carpets. Approximately 13,200m2 of tailor-made Axminster woven carpets were designed and manufactured by Desso for the corridors, the prestigious state rooms and various public areas such as grand lobbies, shops, conference rooms, card rooms etc. All tested rigorously in Desso’s in-house laboratory as well as in external test facilities, these carpets meet the most stringent requirements for international markets and marine regulations such as the MSC 61 (67) part two and five resolutions. Also, Desso is ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and EN9100 certified.

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