Palazzo del Corso is an elegant hotel created from the renovation and merging of two antique buildings from the 1800s. The hotel’s central location, surrounded by Salento’s sea, is the striking feature of this evocative 19th century dwelling, of which the original structural and architectural elements were preserved.
The common areas and the Prestige rooms are characterised by ceilings decorated in carpara stone and by a classic décor with wood boiserie and mirrors alternating on the walls; while the Grand Suites feature neutral colours and a more contemporary style, balancing frescoes with designer décor and pieces of modern art.
Defining the elegant and glamorous context are Illulian’s precious rugs: the Ecstasy, Oracle, Amalfi, and Saint Barth models from the Design and Marina collections. The result of interesting research and experimentation, Amalfi and Saint Barth are laid out on the floors like horizontal paintings that, with strong references to the undersea world, capture the lively architecture of red coral silhouetted against neutral or blue dégradé backgrounds, pleasing in their contrast. In the suites, the sophisticated design of Oracle, softened by a neutral and delicate colour palette, is inspired by the Knossos labyrinth, creating a trail that draws the gaze of an observer inexorably towards its centre.
And in the common areas, the impression of broken frames around the perimeter of the Ecstasy rug, serves another visual ‘catalyst’; an optical illusion in which the lines seem to multiply and touch one another with geometric rigidity. The eyes are drawn to it and the sensation is one of alienation or, as the name implies, ecstasy.