Oversized Antique Savonnerie Carpets BB1329
A fine example from our selection of early 20th century French Savonnerie carpets, the muted green field with luxurious expressive acanthus leaves and playful flowerheads around a laurel-vine formed roundel with purple and ivory centerpieces and floral motifs within a cream harp and curving leaf border.
The Savonnerie oversized area 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 antique 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 dealer 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.
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