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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 pile 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 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
$125,000

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

A French Aubusson rug BB4461

Size: 18'7'' × 18' Circa: 1860
A mid 19th century French Aubusson antique rug of exceptional vitality, having a midnight blue field with gold ...

Item No: BB4461
$180,000

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
$30,000

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
$35,000

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
$29,000

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
$42,000

An Aubusson carpet BB1500

Size: 19'9'' × 10'2'' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century antique French Aubusson carpet with red accents throughout, the oval ivory field with fine spec ...

Item No: BB1500
$88,000

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

An Aubusson rug BB1219

Size: 12'10'' × 12' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century antique French Aubusson rug, the faded red field with restrained beige leaves around an ice ...

Item No: BB1219
$125,000

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
$28,000

A French Aubusson rug BB0449

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
$135,000

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
$34,800

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
$88,000
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