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Templeton’s Carpet Factory

Posted by Jackie on June 20, 2009


This unlikely looking building is unlike any other in Glasgow. Built in the late 19th century, the landowners had apparently refused planning permission for several years for the carpet factory as they didn’t want to lower the tone of the neighbourhood. When it was eventually built, the two theories are that either it was designed to look like a carpet laid out on Glasgow Green (which is just over the road, along with the People’s Palace featured the other week), or it was based on the Doge’s Palace in Venice. Either way, it’s a really unusual site. It was extended in the 1930s to add some art deco features, and has been a business centre since the 1980s.

13 Responses to “Templeton’s Carpet Factory”

  1. Hilda said

    It’s a fascinating building. The design is definitely not something I would associate with Scotland, but I like it. And yes, it does look like a carpet!

  2. Jacob said

    Very striking building…Certainly will catch your attention. Actually, I like it a lot. Great photo, too!

  3. Wayne said

    I”m sorry I missed that when I was in Glasgow. Now I’ll have to go back.

  4. what a great way to liven up the area!

  5. Unusual indeed but it looks good!

  6. Jen said

    Isn’t it bizarre? So incongruous. But so memorable!

  7. Amy said

    yes you can certainly tell it’s Victorian by the architecture 🙂

  8. m_m said

    Beautiful, absolutely extraordinary! Superb colours and shapes of the building!

  9. Jani said

    If only they could have foretold Google Earth and built the top of the building in a fashion that when looking from above it would also have looked like a carpet on the Green.
    Sadly, no.

    Great shot though, puts some weight behind the “carpet laid out on Glasgow Green” theory.

  10. Katya said

    An amazing building! What character it has. Much nicer than a “plain ole building”, to be sure! YOur capture with the greenery makes it even more striking, too.

  11. Gerald said

    I always thought it was designed to look like the kremlin in moscow or maybe i’m thinking of something else

  12. tash said

    It is wonderful! Loved the informative post and the great photo.

  13. Looks like a vertically erected carpet design!! Cool shot!

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