Antique French Savonnerie Carpet BB0844

Antique French Savonnerie Carpet Description:

A French Savonnerie carpet, the camel field with three enlarged ivory symmetrical medallions containing floral bouquets, framed by blue, pink and yellow leafy scrolling arabesques within a restrained sky blue leafy bouquet border.

Tradition of French Savonnerie Rugs

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, the re by 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 classical European carpets and rugs of the most exquisite quality. Antique Savonnerie and Aubusson antique 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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