Eastnor Castle lies at the foot of the Malvern Hills surrounded by a beautiful deer park, arboretum and lake. Between 1810 and 1824 the 1st Earl used his inherited wealth, marriage to the daughter of historian, Rev. Treadway Russell Nash, and his great ambition to commission a castle that would impress his contemporaries and raise his family into the higher ranks of the ruling class.
His architect, the young Robert Smirke, (who designed the British Museum) proposed a Norman Revival style and Pugin is known to have made alterations to the inside. Then, as now, the size and splendour of a country house demonstrated the standing and fortune of any family.
Zardi & Zardi were commissioned to produce a copy of a tapestry from the Dining Room while the original was being conserved. The large-scale Brussels tapestry depicts the Battle of Gaugamela (formerly known as Battle of Arbela), which took place in 331BC between Alexander the Great and Darius III. The restoration was due to take about a year, but in the end our reproduction hung for nearly 18 months.