In the early 17th century, the creation of exquisite Savonnerie rugs in France marked a significant chapter in the realm of luxurious carpet weaving. During the reign of King Henry IV of Navarre, the foundations for this artistic legacy were laid with the establishment of the first royal workshops, including a notable carpet factory. Initially, these handcrafted masterpieces were produced in dedicated spaces, reflecting the grandeur and opulence of the royal court.
Following the monarch’s demise, the production hub shifted to an unconventional location—the premises of a disused soap factory on the outskirts of Paris. The term ‘Savonnerie’ itself originated from this soap factory, and it wasn’t long before the splendid carpets crafted within its walls became synonymous with the name. This transition added a distinctive historical charm to the Savonnerie rugs, further intertwining the legacy of French craftsmanship with the peculiar tale of a soap factory turned carpet haven.
Belonging to a group of rugs woven in Spain at the beginning of the 20th century, inspired by French Aubusson and Savonnerie carpets. This example is especially pleasant because of its pastel shades, which impart a particularly ‘shabby chic’ appearance.