While doing research for setting up production of Savonnerie carpets in China in the 1990's I spent a considerable amount of time in the French Galleries of The Metropolitan Museum, New York and specially in their Wrightsman Galleries for French Decorative Arts. I remember being amazed at the time by the extensive and lavishly decorated rooms that showed how Savonnerie rugs related to all the other objects in the room such as the Sèvres porcelain, paneled boiseriere and silk brocades in an 18th-century French château. I remember wondering who the Wrightsman's were to have made such generous donations to the Met. It is only recently that I stumbled on a Vanity Fair article by Francesca Stanfill that I learnt the fascinating rags-to-riches story of Jayne Wrightsman and how she rose to the pinnacle of New York society from the humblest beginnings. Wrightsman not only became one of the greatest benefactors of the Metropolitan Museum of Art but she also quietly mentored Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis behind the scenes during the 1961-63 restoration of the White House and let Jackie take all the credit for the superb rejuvination of the interiors of the White House.
We've collected 21 top-pinned interiors from Pinterest that showcase prestigious Bessarabian rugs which were originally made for Russian royalty in the 19th century. The Russian treasury wanted to keep money from its France and England rivals, that they made copies of Aubusson rugs and English needlepoint rugs in the Bessarabia province of Ukraine, where there was a long history of indigenous rug weaving. However, the rug weavers of Bessarabia made rugs according to their folk traditions. The Bessarabian weavers, unfamiliar with French and English methods of weaving, created patterns in their own spontaneous way. The Bessarabian rugs took on a warm, less-formal look, which was very different from the French and English rugs. Bessarabian rugs have become increasingly fashionable with interior designers such as Susan Zises Green, Janet Simon, Michael S. Smith, Stephane Boudin, Lee Radziwill, David Easton, Bunny Williams, Renzo Mongiardino, Mario Buatta and Albert Hadley, to name a few. Find inspiration with these 21 unique spaces and choose a Bessarabian rug for your next project!
Susan Zises Green,
Michael S. Smith,
Richard Keith Langham,
The Sedman House,
Old Drawing Room,
The House of Windsor,
The Little Lattern
While Savonnerie rugs have long been associated with royalty, the color blue makes this connection even stronger because blue has long been thought of as a royal color as evidenced by the shade of blue named royal blue. Emotionally blue has a calming effect. When we are calm and relaxed our imagination has free reign and we are open to new possibilities, hence the phrase "blue sky thinking." In ancient times blue was an expensive color so only the very privileged could afford it. It was natural then that Savonnerie carpets often contained the royal color. In today's post we look at 5 stunning interiors with blue Savonnerie rugs and learn what makes these rooms fit for royalty.
Elise de Wolfe,
Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill,