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French Design is Making a Comeback.

French design is making a comeback with classical Baroque and Rococo  styles being used on fabric, wall coverings and rugs, perfect if you want to add elegance and a touch of "je ne sais quoi" to your home. The rug designs are unashamedly decadent with flowing floral borders and central cameo motifs that will add a statement piece to your floor. Market leaders Gooch Oriental and Louis de Poortere launch two new collections inspired by classical French artists.

The original Savonneries were designed for the Royal Palaces of France, notable artists of the time were commissioned to create floral designs in the style of contemporary French decorative art . Originally woven at the Louvre, in 1627 Louis XIII opened a second atelier on the banks of the Seine at Chaillot. The new factory had been a children's home named "Hospice de la Savon" which had been built on the site of a previous soap factory ( savon means soap ). The building was known locally as La Savonnerie, the carpets themselves became known as Savonneries and were Europe's first original carpet designs. Made exclusively for the use of the Royal family until 1743 the rugs were hand knotted with a thick dense wool pile. Because the Savonneries were so expensive and to meet growing demand, the Aubusson factory was opened. These rugs were woven in the style of a heavy tapestry without a pile and were very popular in the early nineteenth century.

Louis de Poortere has just launched their new Cameo collection, consisting of three designs including the new Savonnerie collection, machine woven in a flat weave construction using wool and chenille the rugs are heavily distressed to create an authentic antique finish. The colour palette is soft and gentle with the subtle Cream Tea Yellow and Silver Birch looking aged and mellow or the Pompadour and Nordic Blue for something a bit more striking. Sizes range from 200 x 140cm priced at £315 upto 360 x 280cm priced at £1140.00.

For those wanting a bit more comfort underfoot, Gooch Oriental have recently launched a brand new addition to their hugely successful Buckingham Collection, Aubusson features a classic French Cameo motif with a floral border, hand tufted in a high quality New Zealand wool with highlights of pure silk and thick dense pile. Available in four standard sizes from 180 x 120 cm prices strat from only £240.

For more information on our Savonnerie collection visit

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