French Aubusson Rugs

The Savonnerie carpet factory, located on the site of the present Musee d'Art Moderne, inherited its name from the soap making factory it took over at the behest of Louis XIII. From 1660 until 1743 Savonnerie was a manufacture royale, carrying out commissions for French Aubusson rugs and carpets specifically designed for the Royal Palaces. In the 1770s, the tapestry looms at Aubusson in the Creuze Valley near Limoges were converted to produce flat-woven rugs and carpets under royal warrant. No one knows precisely when carpet weaving began in this area, but it is certain that tapestries were first woven there long before the Gothic era.

Many weavers who settled in France were Huguenots who had fled Spain during the Inquisition in the early sixteenth century. By issuing the edict of Nantes, Henry IV granted all non-Catholics freedom of worship, thereby protecting the carpet weavers in Aubusson. Aubusson weavers became the finest craftsmen in the world. Louis XIV's influential Prime Minister Colbert established the long and hard apprenticeship necessary to obtain the title " Master of Tapestry" . Even today, the center in Aubusson, under control of the French Ministry of Arts, is busily producing carpets and rugs of the most exquisite quality. Antique Savonnerie and Aubusson rugs and carpets are considered to be among the finest examples of carpet production undertaken in Europe over the past 350 years.

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A French Aubusson Rug BB6022
Size: 19'9'' × 10' Circa: 1880
A Late 19th century French Aubusson rug.
Item No: BB6022
$40,000
A French Aubusson rug  BB5657
Size: 13'2'' × 10'8'' Circa: 1880
An unusual example from the Doris Leslie Blau collection of flat-woven late 19th century French Aubusson rugs, the...
Item No: BB5657
$80,000
A French Aubusson ( size adjusted) BB5261
Size: 14'8'' × 11'1'' Circa: 1920

Item No: BB5261
$55,000
A French Aubusson Rug BB5215
Size: 10'3'' × 7'7''
Item No: BB5215
$40,000
A French Aubusson Carpet BB4930
Size: 18'2'' × 13'7'' Circa: 1800
Early 19th Century French Aubusson rug with an unusual alternating Half drop pattern of octagonal medallions and abstract floral design with...
Item No: BB4930
$90,000
A European Silk Table Carpet
Size: 8'9'' × 7'3'' Circa: 1800
Early 19th Century European Long Pile Table Carpet. Polychrome Silk Plush with Linen Backing. Provenance gift Mrs Kermit Roosevelt daughter...
Item No: BB4871
$80,000
A French Aubusson Carpet
Size: 19'8'' × 12'10' Circa: 1900
An Antique Aubusson carpet with a half drop rose motif within a diamond grid pattern of vines and flowers on a caramel...
Item No: BB4846
$80,000
An Aubusson Rug
Size: 11'5'' × 10'2'' Circa: 1820
A French Aubusson medallion rug having beige field with a simple floral lattice around a centerpiece with floral motifs and a luxurious...
Item No: BB4744
$38,000
An Aubusson carpet BB4184
Size: 14'9'' × 9'8'' Circa: 1940
A modern second quarter 20th century French Aubusson tile carpet, the camel field with minor circles and triangles...
Item No: BB4184
$10,000
A French Aubusson rug BB4183
Size: 11'2'' × 8'2'' Circa: 1940
A modern second quarter 20th century French Aubusson rug, the sage field with an overall architecturally-formed...
Item No: BB4183
$10,000
A French Aubusson rug BB3544
Size: 14'7'' × 10'7'' Circa: 1920
A modern early 20th century French Aubusson rug in the Indian Dhurrie style, the beige field with an overall blue...
Item No: BB3544
$30,000
A French Aubusson rug BB2930
Size: 9' × 5'4'' Circa: 1900
An early 20th century French Aubusson carpet, the beige field with a faint allover lozenge lattice of curving leave...
Item No: BB2930
$18,000
A French Aubusson rug BB2797
Size: 17'6'' × 10'9'' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century French Aubusson carpet, the pale mint green spacious field with an allover design of light...
Item No: BB2797
$60,000
An Aubusson carpet
Size: 10'5'' × 7' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century Aubusson carpet, the open field having light brown and purple vertical striations within...
Item No: BB2542
$60,000
An Aubusson carpet
Size: 13' × 10'2'' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century Aubusson carpet, the open field having light brown and purple vertical striations within...
Item No: BB2539
$35,000
An Aubusson rug BB2533
Size: 11'2'' × 6'8'' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century Aubusson carpet, the open field having light brown and purple vertical striations within...
Item No: BB2533
$26,000
An Aubusson rug BB1912
Size: 8'3'' × 7'5'' Circa: 1860
A mid 19th century French Aubusson antique carpet having an overall design of interlocking diamond and L-shaped...
Item No: BB1912
$25,000
A French Aubusson Fragment carpet
Size: 11'2'' × 8' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century French Aubusson Fragment, the sand field with an allover lattice of lozenges joined by...
Item No: BB1313
$20,000
A Gobelins Tapestry BB1212
Size: 13'5'' × 11'8'' Circa: 1700
An early 18th century Gobelins Tapestry, the black field with a voluptuous architectural pattern of dramatic...
Item No: BB1212
$250,000
A French Aubusson rug BB0639
Size: 9'5'' × 5'7'' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century antique rug, the shaded cocoa brown field with an allover pattern of enlarged polychrome floral...
Item No: BB0639
$8,000
A French Aubusson rug BB0449
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Size: 14'8'' × 13'5'' Circa: 1870
A mid 19th century French Aubusson antique carpet, the cinnamon field with a central pale beige floral wreath round...
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Item No: BB0449
$90,000
A French Aubusson rug BB0291
Size: 12'4'' × 9'3'' Circa: 1920
Fine woven French Aubusson rug in an unusual ivory field with scattered floral sprays...
Item No: BB0291
$20,000
A French Aubusson carpet BB0195
Size: 18'8'' × 9'1'' Circa: 1900
A late 19th century antique French Aubusson rug, having panels and sprays of roses and flowering leaves overall...
Item No: BB0195
$55,000
A flat-woven Aubusson rug BB0178
Size: 23' × 12'2'' Circa: 1920
A flat-woven Aubusson rug, the vertically striated light brown field with a small dense wreath...
Item No: BB0178
$66,000
A French Aubusson rug BB0156
Size: 15'1'' × 12'6'' Circa: 1880
An early 20th century French Aubusson rug with an unusual allover design on a chocolate brown field with the abrash...
Item No: BB0156
$80,000
A French Aubusson rug BB0134
Size: 12'11'' × 12'4'' Circa: 1870
An unusual example from our selection of late 19th century Victorian French Aubusson antique rugs, the abrashed...
Item No: BB0134
$80,000
Aubusson Rug BB5211
Size: 12'2'' × 11'2''
Item No: BB5211
$60,000
A French Aubusson Carpet BB4969
Size: 17' × 17' Circa: 1880
A Square Aubusson rug from the Directoire period. A dramatically scaled rug woven with a large dominant floral shape that is uncharacteristi...
Item No: BB4969
$200,000
A French Aubusson carpet BB0181
Size: 18'6'' × 17'1'' Circa: 1920
A French Aubusson carpet, the cobalt field with a Louis XV Aubusson pile carpet design overall of enlarged palmette...
Item No: BB0181
$75,000
A French Aubusson carpet BB0561
Size: 11'6'' × 11' Circa: 1850
An early 18th century French Aubusson fragmentary antique carpet with a neoclassical star-shaped medallion...
Item No: BB0561
$60,000