Antique French Aubusson Rug BB3544
A modern early 20th century French accents rugs in the Indian Dhurrie style, the beige field with an overall blue linear lattice forming angular flowerheads within an enlarged Greek key-pattern border.
The Savonnerie antique carpet 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 Aubusson rugs and carpets specifically designed for the Royal Palaces. In the 1770s, the tapestry looms at Aubusson in the Creuze Valley near Limoges were converted to produce flat-woven rugs and antique european 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.
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