Richard Ricardo has an international reputation for fine art antique upholstery.

His passion for furniture was born during childhood visits to aristocratic relatives in the stately homes of Yorkshire. “I loved the look and feel of beautiful historic furniture,” he says, “but I hated how it was falling apart, with torn fabric, burst stuffing and loose legs. I remember wanting to fix it.”

After an eight-year apprenticeship in fine art upholstery with a prestigious London firm, he set up his own business, Richard Ricardo Upholstery, in 1985.

Today he oversees a highly skilled team of craftsmen from his workshop in the Cotswolds. He particularly enjoys restoring fine art antique furniture from 1600 to the mid-Georgian era (1730–1760) and has amassed considerable experience in period and contemporary pieces. He has built a worldwide reputation for high-quality upholstery among dealers, interior designers and private clients.