Antique French Savonnerie 13 x 19

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Antique French Savonnerie 13 x 19

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Circa 1910 

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The rich history of handmade French Savonnerie Carpets started in the 1600s, where production began at the behest of Henry IV, upon establishing artisan workshops in the Louvre. 

Savonnerie carpet weaving was moved to workshops outside Paris, in an abandoned soap factory, hence the name "Savonnerie"was born. The earliest production of  Savonneries were referred to as "Louis XIII carpets", with traits similar to carpets from the orient. Savonnerie carpets were woven exclusively for palaces, with production directed by top artists of the royal courts! As each new king came to power, carpet designs would mirror their artistic expressions.  

The period of greatness for Savonnerie flourished between 1650 and 1789. During the French Revolution, manufacturing of Savonnerie moved to the prestigious Gobelins factory in Paris, a royal weaving center for tapestries, renowned worldwide, for it's quality. Many of these original period works are on display at fine museums or in the hands of private collectors worldwide.