If you ever wondered how design icons use Savonnerie rugs in their own homes, and you guessed “fabulously,” you’d be right. Savonnerie rugs play a major role in the personal residences of many of the world’s most fabulous tastemakers. The design aficionados in the following examples use Savonnerie rugs not because the spaces called for them but because the homeowners wanted them to be there. As Ralph Lauren says, “Style is very personal.”
Savonnerie Rugs and Jacques Garcia’s Dream Home
A gold, terracotta, red and blue Savonnerie carpet graces the salon Louis XV in Château du Champ de la Bataille, the palatial home that interior designer Jacques Garcia purchased and restored. Image courtesy Jacques Garcia.
Mention that you’re having a space designed by Jacques Garcia, and people who know design will nod and smile in excited and appreciative murmurs. The preeminent interior designer, architect and landscape artist has been responsible for some of the most architecturally important and artistically diverse projects in the world. If you were to take a glance at some of his well-known projects like the Nomad Hotel or Spice Market in NYC or the very modern Tour Montparnasse in Paris, you’d probably never think he was responsible for the overhaul of his own French estate, Château du Champ de la Bataille in Normandy, France. The structure was built in 1653 for Alexandre de Créquy-Bernieulle, possibly by Louis Le Vau, the architectural force behind Versailles and Vaux le Vicomte. Garcia, the only child of a young widow who struggled to support him, had passed this very chateau many times on his way to school as a young child. He’d told her that he would one day own the place. The rest, as they say, is “l’histoire.”
If ever there were a space built for Savonnerie rugs, this chateau would be it. Fifty rooms are filled with a diverse mix of vintage French design styles that blend together beautifully. Savonnerie rugs could be at home in any of the building’s boldly elaborate spaces. When Garcia uses elements like Savonnerie rugs, it’s not because he’s trying to be historically accurate but instead because he believes that that’s what the building’s soul calls for. Featuring design elements similar to those in Paris’s Garcia-designed Hotel Costes, this room features plush red Louis seating, a crystal chandelier and the giant tapestry, all items practically begging for Savonnerie rugs like the red and blue one pictured here. Its red, blue and gold colors are reflected in the art and furnishings in the room.
Savonnerie Rugs in a Hermès Masterpiece.
A cream, blue and gold Savonnerie rug graces the drawing room in Hubert Guerrand-Hermès Mansion in Paris. Photo © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
The Hermès name is synonymous with luxury and perfection. Hubert Guerrand-Hermès may not be a designer himself, but there’s no questioning his pedigree. Guerrand-Hèrmes was a law student before moving into a management position in the Hermès family business. In addition to being a trustee in his family’s Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace, he also holds the position of treasurer at the Société des Amis du Musée National d ‘Art Moderne de Paris. As if being awarded the position of Officer in France’s National Order of the Legion of Honour wasn’t enough, he also owns one of the most beautiful homes in Paris.
The mansion, positioned on Paris’s Left Bank behind the Musée d’Orsay, was conceived and built by French architect Jean Daumun in 1754. Again, if you’re speaking about homes that were built for Savonnerie rugs, this would be one of them. Filled with 18th century furniture and a mixture of modern and classical art, this gilt-walled drawing room is perfect for Savonnerie rugs. The one here has pale red, gold and deep blue tones that are reflected in the furnishings in the space.