What is an Aubusson Rug?

In the 17th century French artists and weavers invented the art of weaving rugs with depth perspective. This technique is so artistically demanding it has never been copied by the rug weavers of the east and even today only European rugs such as Aubusson, Savonnerie and Needlepoints have three dimensional patterns.

 

Blue aubusson rug in French provincial style dining room with rustic stone walls and chandelier

Cream and blue Aubusson carpet in French provincial style dining room with rustic stone walls and chandelier.

 

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Cream and blue Aubusson rug with musical instruments and accents of gold, pink, rose, yellow and green. Chartres Aubusson Rug 9413B

 The Chartres French Aubusson 9413B has an outer and inner cream borders of floral sprays within acanthus scrolls. In between the two borders is a blue field with floral garlands and musical instruments. A cream rectangular medallion encloses a cream cartouche medallion and a central floral arrangement. Chartres is available in a range of stock and custom sizes and two additional colors.

 

History of Aubusson Rugs

The origins of Aubusson rugs and tapestries are shrouded in mystery. Historians have speculated that tapestry weaving could have been brought to France by members of the Saracen army who stayed behind after their defeat at the battle of Poitiers in 732. What is more surprising is that that Aubusson rugs and carpets are still being made by hand 1281 years later in the small village of Aubusson on the River Creuse, a four hour drive from Paris.

 

Cream and aqua Aubusson rug with accents of gold, blue, red and rose. Dauphine Aubusson Rug 9416C.

The Dauphine French Aubusson Rug 9416C has a gold border with cream cartouches at the corner and mid-points enclosing an aqua outer field and a cream inner field. Gold acanthus scrolls demarcate the two fields and the central medallion. Dauphine is available in a range of stock and custom sizes.

 

Influence of the Italian Renaissance 

The development of the art of Aubusson rugs is closely connected with the Italian Renaissance that started 600 miles to the east in Tuscany in Florence and Sienna. The Renaissance awakened a passion for portraying nature realistically in painting and sculpture. in 1413 Filippo Brunelleschi demonstrated that by using geometrical methods of perspective objects could be drawn in such a way that they looked three dimensional. Objects could be painted to look nearer or further back and nearer to the background. This was a revolutionary development because until this time paintings had a flat two-dimensional quality. Fast forward more than two hundred years to the court of Louis XIV and you see the finest artists of the day commissioned by the king to create an authentic French style for carpets.

 

Arles Aubusson Rug 9402C has gold, green, aqua and red floral wreaths and red, gold and taupe stars diapered across a cream field surrounded by a cream, gold and blue band border

 The Arles Aubusson Carpet 9402C has gold, green, aqua and red floral wreaths and red, gold and taupe stars diapered across a cream field surrounded by a cream, gold and blue band border. Arles is available in a range of stock and custom sizes.

  

 

How the Art of Aubusson Rugs Developed

Before Louis XIV asked French artists to develop a French style of carpet, the famous Savonnerie Carpet Manufactory was content with producing copies of Turkish rugs because that was all that was known to the French nobility.

 

Aquitaine Aubusson Rug 9404CB has an architectural pattern of repeating blue and gold starburst medallions within a blue and gold trellis

The Aquitaine Aubusson Rug 9404CB is an architectural pattern of repeating blue and gold starburst medallions within a blue and gold trellis. Aquitaine is available in a range of stock and custom sizes.

 

Avignon Aubusson Rug 9407C has beige field with musical instruments and a large cream oval medallion with blue, green, rose and gold floral garlands all surrounded by a blue acanthus leaf border

The Avignon Aubusson Rug 9407C  has beige field with musical instruments and a large cream oval medallion with blue, green, rose and gold floral garlands all surrounded by a blue acanthus leaf border. Avignon is available in a range of stock and custom sizes.

 

Auvergne Aubusson Rug 9405CB has a blue outer field and a cream inner field with floral bouquets and gold tassels pointed towards a central medallion of red and green leaves all surrounded by a green and rose laurel leaf border

The Auvergne Aubusson Rug 9405CB has a blue outer field and a cream inner field with floral bouquets and gold tassels pointed towards a central medallion of red and green leaves all surrounded by a green and rose laurel leaf border. Auvergne is available in a range of stock and custom sizes.

 

Minerve Aubusson Rug 9429C has a cream and pale beige background with pale blue medallions with musical instruments and accents of rose, green, blue and yellow

The Minerve Aubusson Rug 9429C has a cream and pale beige background with pale blue medallions with musical instruments and accents of rose, green, blue and yellow. Minerve can be ordered in a wide range of stock and custom sizes.

 

Chartres Aubusson Rug 9413C has a cream border and cream field with musical instruments, blue ribbons and garlands in rose, blue, green and gold

The Chartres Aubusson Rug 9413C has a cream border and cream field with musical instruments, blue ribbons and garlands in rose, blue, green and gold. Chartres is available in several colors and can be ordered in a wide range of stock and custom sizes.

 

Bourges Aubusson Rug 9410GB has a gold and cream border and a blue inner border band enclosing a cream field with accents of rose, red, gold, blue and green. Cream corner cartouches with gold urns with floral arrangements complement a floral medallion

The Bourges Aubusson Rug 9410GB has a gold and cream border and a blue inner border band enclosing a cream field with accents of rose, red, green, gold and blue. Cream corner cartouches with gold urns with floral arrangements complement a floral medallion. Bourges is available in a wide range of stock and custom sizes.

 

Margeaux Aubusson Rug 9428B has a Neoclassical design with a blue field, cream border and cream center medallion surrounded with Della Robbia garlands in rose, blue, green and gold and blue urns. The borders also feature Della Robbia flowers and shields

The Margeaux Aubusson Rug 9428B has a Neoclassical design with a blue field, cream border and cream center medallion surrounded with Della Robbia garlands in rose, blue, green and gold and blue urns. The borders also feature Della Robbia flowers and shields. Margeaux is available in several colors and can be ordered in stock and custom sizes.

 

Laffitte Aubusson Rug 9423CBK has a gold a blue border of shields and acanthus leaves and black corners and white medallion with lions holding a shield and Roman armorial motifs and accents of blue, gold, rose, green, lilac, beige

The Laffitte Aubusson Rug 9423CBK has a gold a blue border of shields and acanthus leaves and black corners and white medallion with lions holding a shield and Roman armorial motifs and accents of blue, gold, rose, green, lilac, beige. Laffitte CBR is a version where the black is replaced by navy. Laffitte can be ordered in a range of stock and custom sizes.

 

 Dordogne Aubusson Rug 9418CG  has an aqua border, a pale lilac field a sea-green and pale lilac-gray outer medallion and corner cartouches and a gold inner medallion with floral wreaths and sprays in rose and green

The Dordogne Aubusson Rug 9418CG  has an aqua border, a pale lilac field a sea-green and pale lilac-gray outer medallion and corner cartouches and a gold inner medallion with floral wreaths and sprays in rose, lilac and green. Dordogne is available in a range of stock and custom sizes.

 

 

Bayonne Aubusson Rug 9409G has a green and gold border enclosing a pale yellowish-green field and cream center medallion and cream cartouches in the corner. Floral arrangements in rose, red, gold and green adorn the architectural frame of the rug

The Bayonne Aubusson Rug 9409G has a green and gold border enclosing a pale yellowish-green field and cream center medallion and cream cartouches in the corner. Floral arrangements in rose, red, gold and green adorn the architectural frame of the rug. Bayonne is available in a range of stock and custom sizes.

 

Chaumont Aubusson Rug 9415CG has a green, cream and gold border enclosing a cream and pale green field and a cream oval central medallion and pale green corner cartouches. Red, cream and gold florals adorn the border and central medallion

The Chaumont Aubusson Rug 9415CG has a green, cream and gold border enclosing a cream and pale green field and a cream oval central medallion and pale green corner cartouches. Red, cream and gold floral vines adorn the border and central medallion. Chaumont is available in a range of stock and custom sizes.

 

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The Margeaux Aubusson Rug 9428G has a Neoclassical design with a pale green field, cream border and cream center medallion surrounded with Della Robbia garlands in rose, blue, and gold and blue urns. The borders also feature Della Robbia flowers and shields. Margeaux is available in several colors and can be ordered in stock and custom sizes.

 

Normandie Aubusson Rug 9430G has a cream and green border, pale green field a cream round center medallion and corners containing shell motifs and acanthus scrolls. Pink, rose, blue, lilac and white flowers and ivy vines adorn the entire surface

The Normandie Aubusson Rug 9430G has a cream and green border, pale green field a cream round center medallion and corners containing shell motifs and acanthus scrolls. Pink, rose, blue, lilac and white flowers and ivy vines adorn the entire surface. Normandie is available in other colors and in a wide range of stock and custom sizes.

  

Chaumont Aubusson Rug 9415C has a cream and gold border with panels and corner cartouches defined by gold borders. The cream field has a tone on tone acanthus scrolls and an oval central medallions. Pale aqua and rose floral arrangements festoon the border and the central medallion

The Chaumont Aubusson Rug 9415C has a cream and gold border with panels and corner cartouches defined by gold borders. The cream field has a tone on tone acanthus scrolls and an oval central medallions. Pale aqua and rose floral arrangements festoon the border and the central medallion. Chaumont is available in a range of stock and custom sizes and several additional colors.

 

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 The Margeaux Aubusson Rug 9428Y has a Neoclassical design with a yellow field, cream borders and cream center medallion surrounded with Della Robbia garlands in rose, blue, and gold and blue urns. The borders also feature Della Robbia flowers and shields. Margeaux is available in several colors and can be ordered in a wide range of stock and custom sizes.

 

Savoie Aubusson Rug 9434Y has a yellow field with an intertwining leaf trellis containing white and yellow flowers and apple green leaves

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