Large Vintage Savonnerie Carpet BB3403
Large Vintage Savonnerie Carpet Description:
A neoclassical early 20th century French Savonnerie carpet, the cusped dusty rose open field around a central roundel and within architectural and open guard borders in yellow, pink, brown and cream tones.
The antique european carpets 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 antique rugs and carpets under royal warrant. No one knows precisely when European rugs weaving began in this area, but it is certain that tapestries were first woven there long before the Gothic era.