Jayne Wrightsman, Jackie Kennedy and Savonnerie Carpets at the Met

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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. Read More

Blue Savonnerie Carpets Adorn 5 Interiors Fit for Royalty

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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. Read More