Vintage French Savonnerie Rug BB4272
Vintage French Savonnerie Rug Description:
A late 19th century French Savonnerie Aubusson rugs, the cinnamon field with an overall tile design formed by thick borders with blossoms at the intersections, with each compartment containing a lush garland-framed bouquet.
The Savonnerie antique oriental 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 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.