*This carpet is hand-knotted. Differences in shape, thickness, pattern and sizes can occur.
|Name||Aubusson de Versaille|
|Size in feet ||16'7" x 3'1"|
|Size in meters||5.05 x 0.93|
|Pile (Fiber & Yarns Used)||100% Pure Lamb's Wool|
|Type of fabrication||Hand-knotted with Persian knots (Senneh)|
|Country Made In||Pakistan (South Asia)|
|Design Origin||European (French)|
|Condition||Excellent (Brand New)|
|Available In Other Sizes||Yes, upon special request|
**Each carpet is of the highest quality in its category & is carefully handpicked overseas by a member of the Bashir family. A Brief History of Aubusson Carpets
Aubusson Carpets are mostly fine flat carpets woven in France from the 15th to 19th Centuries. They were derived from Moorish weaving with the assistance of Architects and Artists of the royal court. Originally made in France as a pileless carpet, usually Aubussons have a floral medallion in pastel colors. The designs of these rugs have also been adapted to pile carpets and are now woven in India and China. Aubusson was best known as an important tapestry-weaving center until the King?s Council set up a carpet-weaving enterprise there in the early 1740?s, in an attempt to meet the great demand for knotted carpets. To begin with, the carpets were copies of imported Turkish examples. Louis XV and Madame de Pompadour were among the first clients placing orders through agents in Paris. But the demand for oriental rugs did not last, and the artist Pierre-Josse Perrot, who had already been involved with designing Savonnerie carpets, was called upon to design carpets in the French style in 1750. Another painter, Le Lorrain, produced a radical new design, ?a grande mosaique?, which was a sophisticated precursor of the 19th century floral carpets. A central medallion of flowers is surrounded by dainty rosettes, flowers and garlands. Aubusson carpets were originally made as both knotted-pile carpets and, later in the 18th century as flatwoven slit-tapestry technique carpets produced in the same way as their tapestries. The Aubussons that are popular and readily available today are flatweaves. The Aubusson floral tradition was never completely abandoned, although the vogue for the neo-classical Empire style, which was created by two architects (Percier and Fontaine) after the Proclamation of the Empire in 1804, gave rise to some handsome Savonnerie and Aubusson carpets whose patterns are strongly influenced by the antique, often corporating classical trophies or Etruscan and Roman motifs. These tend to be in darker richer palette, sometimes in different shades of the same colour, resulting in an almost 3D-look. Nineteeth-century Aubusson tapestry-woven carpets, which were produced in great quantities, are popular with interior decorators in Europe and America today. Trailing ribbons, bows and blowsy roses woven in soft pastel shades- rose pinks, dovey greys, caf?-au-lait, and pale yellows- make for an ultra feminine look which is very suited to sophisticated drawing rooms. Seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Aubusson carpets are extremely rare and consequently very expensive. Examples can be seen in national museums and historic houses open to the public.