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.
Antique British carpets are rare. Having been introduced to the English in the late 1500s, most rugs were manufactured in the southeast, near Norwich. Towns such as Exeter, Moorefield, and Axminster hired weavers from Savonnerie to produce rugs. Prior to 1880, these carpets were handmade for royalty, since no one else could afford them. Weavers were hired and looms were built for them.Kidderminster, Worcestershire, is the name most closely associated with rug manufacturing from the industrial revolution. From about the mid-1700s until the early 1900s, mills there produced a reversible flat weave, resulting in the pattern appearing on both sides. Designs by William Morris, Charles Voysey, and Gavin Morto are still available today, and we have a selection for you to view upon request.
Spanish carpets, first manufactured during the 10th century, were strongly influenced by Islamic patterns due to the Moorish rule from the 8th through the 12th centuries. Muslim motifs could be found in combination with Christian symbols; however, by the 15th century, Spanish weavers were influenced by the Turks and, ultimately by styles derived from the French workshops of Savonnerie and Aubusson in the 18th and 19th centuries.
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: Savonnerie Design Wool Carpet
Style: Antique Savonnerie Carpet
Material: 100% Wool
Colors: Brown, Pink, Green, Blue, Pink, Rose
Size: 10'2" X 11'
Rug Number: 70002390