Picture it. It’s 2008, and you’re walking through Brussel’s Grand Place, munching on some pomme frites after having downed a white beer at a La Becasse. You suddenly happen upon what looks like miles and miles of fragrant…carpet? As your eyes adjust, you realize that you are looking at thousands upon thousands (700,000) of carefully arranged begonias. A few quick questions in your high school French later, and you learn that you are in the presence of the work of hundreds of artists and volunteers who worked tirelessly through the heat of day and the chill of night in order to create what must be the world’s largest-ever replica of a Savonnerie carpet. It is then that you realize that Savonnerie carpets are truly something special.
Image Copyright © Gaston Batistini, Labo River
Hark the words of one of America’s legendary designers, Elsie de Wolfe: “I’m going to make everything around me beautiful. That will be my life.” You can use Savonnerie carpets in order to make this philosophy a reality in your own home. From the moment that French king Louis XIII set up the former soap factory-turned- manufactory for master weaver Pierre Dupont and his assistant Simon Lourdet, Savonnerie carpets took the place of the previously-popular Oriental carpets in France, spawning an exclusive home-grown industry that lasted for the next 200 years.
Use Savonnerie Carpets to Develop and Define Your Own Style
1. A Luxurious Master Bedroom Seating Area in a home in Greenwich, Connecticut designed by Scott Snyder. The floral Savonnerie carpet and comfortable daybed create a cozy place to nestle in with a book. Image Courtesy Scott Snyder.
2. France’s flamboyant interior decorator, Jacques Garcia defies conventional decorating and sets his own luxurious style in his Norman country retreat ‘le Chateau du Champ de la Bataille where he paired a rose floral Savonnerie carpet with green wall panels. Image Pinterest Savonnerie Rugs Style.
The green wall panels and black cabinet in French interior decorator and architect Jacques Garcia’s country retreat Chateau du Champ de la Bataille create a luxurious and masculine contrast with the pink and rose colors of the Savonnerie rug. A more conventional decorator would have just pulled the colors from the Savonnerie rug. But a Savonnerie carpet frees you from the strictures of exact color matching. The best designers know that a rug is so much more than just a floor covering with which you decorate in a conventional way. They’re aware that a truly beautiful and special Savonnerie carpet can be used to give a room its very identity. You may know that a Savonnerie rug is what you want, and that may be all you know. A traditional Savonnerie rug’s glorious colors and floral patterns are an ideal place to start if your goal is to make your living room a glamorous retreat. The bolder, art-deco style versions of Savonnerie rugs are perfect for people whose tastes run more towards the modern.
Avoid the Ordinary and Expected When Decorating with Savonnerie Carpets
3. A Gracious living room in South Hampton, New York by designer Scott Snyder. Snyder introduced movement and energy through the large scale curving vines of the Savonnerie carpet. The green and blue in the rug are picked up in the upholstery and drapery fabrics and the yellow and gold in the Savonnerie carpet warms the cool colors with a happy glow reminiscent of sunshine. Image Courtesy Scott Snyder.
4. A Savonnerie carpet in brown, pink, blue and gold contrasts with the cream and gold French Empire wall panels in a room in the Château de Versailles. Image Pinterest Savonnerie Rugs Style.
This room in the Château de Versailles represents the ultimate in French luxury. From the golden moldings adorned with scrolls to the architectural motifs in the French Empire-style paneling, every element in this room complements and balances the floral and acanthus scroll pattern of the stunning Savonnerie carpet that rests underneath. The white and gold walls and white ceiling add a crisp contrast to the vivid blue, pink and browns of the Savonnerie carpet. This famed Savonnerie carpet is at the Château de Versailles, but you don’t need half a gazillion dollars or more to re-create the effect in your own home. Choose your Savonnerie carpet, and then sit back and let it speak to you.
Take Those Beautiful and Ethereal Savonnerie Carpet Hues, and Fill the Room With Them!
5. A Savonnerie carpet with an intricate floral pattern pulls together a rich collection of furniture and art in the Green Salon of French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy’s Paris town house. Image Pinterest Savonnerie Rugs Style.
Who is Hubert de Givenchy? Style personified? There’s no dispute there, especially when you have the pleasure of gazing upon the rooms in his Paris home. This view of his Green salon features a beautiful brown, gold, green, pink and blue Savonnerie carpet that pulls together all the colors and shapes in the room. The green and gold in the rug go hand in hand with the colors of the sofa and lamp. The brown background of the Savonnerie carpet is picked up by the dark brown walls. What a perfect way to showcase Givenchy’s magnificent collection of fine French furniture, including that from Louis IV to French Empire delights. Use the colors in your Savonnerie carpet to usher in an era of fabulousness in your own home.