Henry IV Bourbon in 1608 said that France will be producing manually woven rugs. And it indeed happened so. There was no other way. The initiative of king Bourbon became a fact and Paris started to be flooded with the rugs which were going to every corner of the world. Certainly, it didn’t happen so that the French people worked something out themselves – the Turkish rugs were used as temple and during the process of weaving the symmetrical knots were used.
In 1628, the production of rugs moved from Paris to the closed factory of soap, the name of which was Savonnerie. Those rugs were mostly ornamented with flowers, which were scattered in different types of vases and baskets, but there were also military motives, although they were much rarer – people have loved flowers and they still do.
In 1826, the production of the French area rugs came back to the capital city and landed in Gobelins – the royal factory producing tapestries (it took place during the French revolution).
But France is not only the order of Henry IV and the French Savonnerie Rugs. In 1742, in the city of Aubusson, in the private workshop, the production of handy woven rugs started – and ask every French rug they also were the copies of the Turkish patterns.
Nowadays France doesn’t produce handy woven rugs, and Savonnerie and Aubusson styles are today copied in the countries where everything is copied – Pakistan, India, and certainly China. Despite the fact that the production is not continued, it is not impossible to buy them. Handy woven rugs are not something which is not useful after several years. If we only have enough money in the wallet, then we will for sure find an appropriate model for us, which will be proudly laying at our home.
The most well-known Savonnerie French area rugs can be admired in the Louvre museum today.