Vintage French fragment Rug BB4061
A mid 19th century antique rug, the moss green field with scattered red feathery leaves and ivory flowerheads framed by bold red and orange leafy vinery within a green and gray border with playful leaves and an enlarged letter in each corner.
Many weavers who settled in France were Huguenots who had fled Spain during the Inquisition in the early sixteenth century. By issuing the edict of Nantes, Henry IV granted all non-Catholics freedom of worship, the re by protecting the carpet weavers in Aubusson. Aubusson weavers became the finest craftsmen in the world. Louis XIV’s influential Prime Minister Colbert established the long and hard apprenticeship necessary to obtain the title “Master of Tapestry”. Even today, the center in Aubusson, under control of the French Ministry of Arts, is busily producing european carpets and rugs of the most exquisite quality. Antique French Savonnerie rugs and Aubusson beautiful rugs and carpets are considered to be among the finest examples of carpet production undertaken in Europe over the past 350 years.
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