Antique French Savonnerie Carpet
Antique French Savonnerie Carpet Description:
An exceptional example from our collection of late 19th century French Savonnerie Aubusson rugs, the cocoa field with floral sprays surrounding a garland wreath around a enlarged purple medallion, with an architecturally-inspired design of scrolling leafy vines, within a dark purple scrolling vinery border.
The European 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 kilim rugs and carpets specifically designed for the Royal Palaces.
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