August 20th, 2020

Le Bougainville, named after the French explorer Louis Antoine de Bougainville, is the third ship in the Ponant Explorer series.

Unlike the final hand tufted carpet design developed for Le Champlain, the design for Le Bourganville moves away from the Aztec influences, instead looking to the sea and sky for inspiration. A seemingly abstract placement of lines was realised when considering the lines of the convoluted nautilus shell.  Each individual line mimics the pattern on the shell, while collectively, forming a sunburst-like pattern. The natural form of each shape is emulated in the surrounding screen, providing a continuity of design throughout the space.



As with Le Champlain, Studio Jean Phillipe were keen to maintain an organic feel to the overall design. We therefore worked by hand to create the sunburst motifs, which were hand drawn by our designer onto paper before being scanned into the computer. In an effort to further retain the freehand nature of the edges, minimal retouching was done on the computer.

The muted colour palette of soft, sandy neutrals is punctuated by bursts of golden yellow, evocative of the exotic locations set to be explored. Employing stippling techniques for colour results in a painterly effect that gives a feeling of fluidity, reminiscent of the sea, to the finished carpet design.  We also incorporated texture into this design by combining both cut and loop pile, with some areas of raised pile. The loop pile was tip sheared, a finishing technique whereby a percentage of the pile is randomly sheared by hand.

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Once the design was finalised and the sample approved, the bespoke carpet was hand tufted by highly skilled craftsman at our Thailand factory in pure New Zealand wool. Our New Zealand wool is certified by the IMO-International Code for Application of Fire Test Procedure, 2010, meaning it is suitable for use on all marine vessels.  As well as conforming to fire safety standards, New Zealand wool also offers increased durability without compromising on luxury, so is ideal for handmade carpets installed on luxury cruise ships, yachts and superyachts.

One of the advantages of hand tufted carpets and rugs is that they are made to order in the exact size and shape required. For all the ships in the Ponant fleet, we were able to design a completely unique shape with smooth curved edges, perfectly mirroring the contours of the built-in seating anchored in the centre of the finished carpet.

LE BOUGAINVILLE_PONANT_By Loomah Bespoke Carpets & Rugs_Inteior Design Studio Jean Philippe Nuel

With the use of natural materials and complimentary neutral tones, the overall look remains contemporary whilst providing a sense of calm amongst the adventure. The result is an inviting, relaxing space that is both luxurious and comfortable and successfully embodies Ponant’s philosophy of creating a feeling of ‘casual luxury’ onboard their cruises.


With over 30 years’ experience Loomah Bespoke Carpets & Rugs are at the forefront of the design and supply of traditional and contemporary luxury bespoke carpets and rugs. Whether for a residential interior, commercial project, or private yacht, Loomah can supply handmade fitted carpets and loose laid rugs in any size, any shape and any colour. All our carpets are custom made to exact room sizes and shapes, in one piece, avoiding unsightly joins. At our showroom, located in the heart of London’s Chelsea Design Quarter on the Kings Road, we have an eclectic portfolio of both modern and traditional designs available to view. Our dedicated in-house design team are on hand to develop your chosen design or work with you create something completely unique.


Passionate about creativity, and with a desire to work on projects of all scales, from architecture to design, Jean-Philippe Nuel sees each project as a human adventure, rich in encounters and exchange.

In today’s hotel business, Jean-Philippe Nuel is a name associated with luxury interior design.  The Jean-Philippe Nuel practice, a team of some 30 professionals, also applies its expertise to projects for private houses, concept stores, company headquarters and cruise ships


Founded in 1988 by former French Merchant Navy officers, Ponant Cruises combine a luxurious onboard experience with authentic adventures in many of the world’s most captivating destinations.

The global leader in luxury expeditions and the only French-flag cruise line, is a reference for a new style of high-end cruises, a unique concept for sea travel that combines exceptional itineraries with 5* amenities on small capacity luxury ship.

For more information on Loomah’s custom design service please contact us.