Antique Savonnerie Carpet BB1794

Antique Savonnerie Carpet Description:

An exceptional early 20th century Savonnerie antique carpet, the beige field with delicate blue vinery around a central medallion with a floral bouquet within a bold border of expressive leaves and flowers.

The 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 rugs and 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 and carpets in New York under royal warrant. No one knows precisely when oldest european carpets weaving began in this area, but it is certain that tapestries were first woven there long before the Gothic era.

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