Needlepoint rugs have been made for thousands of years. They are made with a diagonal or "tent" stitch, which gives them strength and durability. In 19th and 20th century Britain and America, as a result of the Industrial Revolution, needlepoint embroidery became an activity of leisure class women because they had more free time. The invention of chemical dyes around the same time period made the inclusion of a broader spectrum of colors possible.
French carpet production, encouraged by Henry IV, used Turkish rugs as a template. Later, rugs, known as Savonnerie, after the soap factory outside of Paris where they were produced, drew on Dutch and Flemish paintings and textiles for inspiration and contained floral and military motifs. Rug production also began in Aubusson in the mid-1700s, and other cities as well, but the golden age came to an end with the start of the French Revolution. Several decades after the revolution, in the 1820s, rug production moved to Gobellins, where royal tapestries and other items were made.
We are always happy to collaborate with you on a custom carpet that meets all your specifications...and your wildest dreams! Of course, it will be woven on our very own looms with the best materials under the supervision of our experts.
Design: French Needlepoint Wool Carpet
Style: Antique French Needlepoint Wool Carpet
Material: 100% Wool
Colors: Lavender, Green, Gold, Ivory, Pink, Rust, Rose, Blue
Size: 10' X 18'10"
Rug Number: 70002628