Extra Large Vintage Savonnerie Rug
Extra Large Vintage Savonnerie Rug Description:
A late 19th Century French Savonnerie with a design scaled to create a bold statement on the floor. The design is balanced by floral and geometric shapes making it both feminine and masculine. Rendered in saturated autumnal colors and earthtones.
The French Savonnerie rugs 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 Savonnerie antique oriental rugs and antique european carpets specifically designed for the Royal Palaces. In the 1770's, the tapestry looms at Aubusson in the Creuze Valley near Limoges were converted to produce flat-woven rugs for sale and carpets under royal warrant. No one knows precisely when European extra large area rugs weaving began in this area, but it is certain that tapestries were first woven there long before the Gothic era.