What's special about Aubusson rugs – really a lot! The carpets are infused with 300 years of history with a reputation for the highest level of craftsmanship and quality. I will explain the story, the production method and also the reason why they can make your house a palace.
Perhaps you have toured majestic mansions and breathed in the beautiful architecture of the palace. A few years ago, I did this myself, then I looked down and I realized that the very large carpet on the floor reflected the ceiling and that it had hand sewn more than 100 years ago. I looked at the colors, the designs and the beautiful craft. It was at this point that I realized that I wanted to know more about these carpets. I now consider myself to be very privileged to work with expert weavers, interior decorators and clients in a process that unites to provide the customer with a hand-stitched rug on beautiful aubusson designs.
I will first explain the name Aubusson. If you have trouble pronouncing Aubusson – try this method – pronounce the AU as O and add a little magic of a French accent and your almost there.
The French accent is quite important because the name comes from a small medieval French town on the banks of the Creuse. In the 16th century this city became the capital of French tapestry and carpet making. The carpets became large fine tapestries, sewn by hand in a flat weave, in fact they became so famous and so desirable that in 1665, Louis XIV awarded the title of "Royal Manufacture of Aubusson Tapestries" to all Aubusson weavers. Even a painter of the royal court was appointed to assist in the conceptions, at this time of history the subjects would generally be based on biblical stories or historical events.
A change has occurred in carpet models. was an extravagant and romantic style with lots of flowers and scrolls as part of the designs. It began to be used in the architecture of decorative ceilings and wall panels in large houses. This was followed by the Rococo design period. Rococo was also a favored decorative style in interior design, painting and building design. Rococo was formed from a new period of thought in society where the formality of previous years changed and became based on the pursuit of personal fun and happiness. The movement with its idyllic and charming approach to design was also represented by the artist François Boucher, who created paintings and designed tapestries for French royalty and nobility
The movement depicts the life of the 39, aristocracy, using themes of romance, mythology, fantasy and everyday life rather than the old conceptions of historical events and religion. The style was light, ornamental, elaborate and very curvy in designs. Other elements of the style included graceful movement and delicate use of coloring. which suits the interior decoration. The Rococo style has also been used in art, furniture and tapestry design. It is sometimes considered the end of the Baroque period.
Aubusson weavers designed carpets with rococo patterns of intricate floral and scroll woven into pretty delicate colors and so was born the legacy of Aubusson remained until our days
Today, the merit of these magnificent rugs is the combination of a highly skilled and dedicated workforce. Starting with the artist and the stylist who produces the sketch, which form the intricate carpet designs, they are called 'cartoons', they are used by hardworking weavers. Then there is the dyer who arranges the wool and color palette required for the design, and of course the expert weaver who will complete the tapestry. every process done by experts. The Aubusson color palettes are usually all soft colors that blend easily with the surrounding decor. There can be up to 60 different colors and shades of wool in the larger rugs. This demonstrates the complexity of the drawings.
As you can imagine in the current market, the work needed to make these exceptional rugs is still considerable. That's why they are not mass-produced. Whether it is carpets made in France or more distant countries, the craftsmanship is commendable and exceptional.
Traditional palatial designs always scream quality and can be used in a modern setting as a central point of a room or in a timeless traditional setting. Flat weaving means that they will stay well and last for many years. Perhaps it will become a legacy that can be passed down through generations like the ancient French carpets.
By reducing my overhead, I can offer all of our customers the best price for the carpets that they order.