Knole Sofas at Acorn Antiques

Quality Knole Sofas made by Craftsmen in our Somerset Workshop covered in your own Fabric.


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Acorn Antiques, 39 High Street, Dulverton, Somerset. About Us

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Knole Sofas are a classic of English country house interiors. Our handmade copy is upholstered in the traditional way in our own Somerset workshop. Knole Sofas are available in 5 standard sizes or we can accommodate custom sizes. Finials can be polished or covered in fabric. This version of our Knole Sofa ( type A ) does not include the loose cushions shown. The price is fully inclusive apart from the price of the fabric and tie-backs. Loose covers are available. We are agents for many fabric manufacturers and are happy to arrange for fabric samples to be sent to you or we can cover in your own fabric. Leathers samples are also available if required. Delivery is by carrier and invoiced separately. *Please allow for extra fabric if your choice has a large repeat. For information on our other Knole ( type B ) click here

 All  Knole Sofas or Knowle Sofas are built using experienced craftsmen and the finest quality materials. All frames are solid beech and hand finished. Seats and backs have double cone springs sewn to jute webbing throughout, fixed at the waist and the top to maintain balance and support. A cane edge is formed to stabilize the front of the seat, Hessian is then stitched in place and fixed overall. The top cover is fixed and stitched over an insulation/padding of rubberized hair and cotton felt prior to covering. Cushion fillings are 100% white china duck feather with other options available. All materials conform to British Standard Regulations. We can arrange delivery with carriers. We at Acorn Antiques also provide period Knole Sofas and period Knole Chairs when in stock as well as Victorian Sofas, Leather Sofas, Leather Chairs, Howard Stools, Antique Sofas and Antique Chairs. We can also reproduce contemporary designs and offer a bespoke furniture service. Email or ring to discuss your requirements.

Couches became important pieces of English Furniture in great houses in the early Jacobean period (post-1600). They were backless, and stood against walls often hung with tapestries. Sometimes they even boasted canopies. On the best examples, arms could be raised and lowered by means of a system of ratchets or rods. The later development of an integrated back led to the design of the famous 'Knole' sofa or Knowle Sofa, and dates to the period just prior to the English Civil War. The addition of the back indicates that the sofa, to be used in large rooms, was to be moved away from the walls and to be stood in the middle of the room. The arms and back typically are of the same height, and provide a draught-excluding environment. Because the arms could be lowered, it could also be used as a couch. A plush knole sofa may be a traditional design but with its clean lines is equally at home in a modern setting.


To purchase a Knole Sofa or make enquiries phone Peter or Maggie on 01398 323286 or email

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