Antique Gobelins Tapestry BB1212
An early 18th century Gobelins Tapestry, the black field with a voluptuous architectural pattern of dramatic feathery vines, birds and branches with a pair of expressive blossoming garland within a light brown flowerhead border.
The Savonnerie 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 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 European Rugs and antique carpetsunder royal warrant. No one knows precisely when European aubusson area 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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