Elegant Antique French Aubusson Square Area Rug, Country of Origin: French Rugs , Circa Date: 1870’s
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The gorgeous antique French carpet was created in Aubusson France around the 1870’s and is an excellent example of the beautiful pieces created by this famous tapestry weaving workshop. The weaving workshops at Aubusson were established in 1743 to create these magnificent antique rugs and tapestries for the courts and nobility. This example is perfect for a distinguished collection of antiques or for a sophisticated interior design.
Early works created at Aubusson were almost exact copies of oriental and Persian rugs. As the tapestry works became established, their designs began to evolve. A 1786 inventory list from royal palace of Versailles lists over 100 antique French Aubusson carpets at the palace. This square size area rug was created long after the rug weavers at Aubusson had established their reputation on the world market. Many of the later carpets, such as this one, continue to echo the tastes and style of the Louis XVI era.
Aubusson carpets feature a formal design with a central medallion. The remainder of the design forms a frame around the design in the center. The floral patterns and scrollwork show a masterful level of artistry and an intricate level of detail and realism. The overall design of the rug echoes the ornate decorative elements and plaster reliefs found in the Palace at Versailles. This artistry remained a signature style that distinguishes Aubusson carpets and sets them apart.
The antique rugs created by the Aubusson tapestry works were often on a large scale. They were made to be displayed in large halls in estates and public spaces. This gorgeous French Aubusson carpet uses pinks, browns, and delicate blues to recreate the beautiful gardens that surrounded the palace and royal residences. Many of the pieces created in the late 1800s were reproductions of those created almost a century earlier. The patterns and designs were preserved on wood carvings and cartoons made of parchment.
This is a gorgeous piece that will be the finishing touch to a collection of fine antiques in the Louis XVI style. Aubusson rugs create scale and an expansive feel in the room. They are perfect for a grand entranceway or in a historical home that features vaulted ceilings and columns. This rug has a classic, formal look and will make the perfect piece for your grand estate or fine collection.
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