Aubusson Rugs - Aubusson is a town on the Creuse River in central France. It has been famed for its carpets as well as Tapestries since the 15th century. Aubusson carpets made in tapestry technique are among the most elegant and luxurious antique floor coverings. The true date when the production of flat woven tapestry Aubusson carpets in France began is not known. With that said, examples of Aubusson carpets with Rococo designs have led most of us in the field to speculate that it probably began in during the mid 18th century when the taste for Oriental rugs started to shift in favor of European design. We do know that Louis the XV, Louis the XVI and Napoleon the I had all ordered flat woven Aubusson carpets (the latter two ordering far more than the former).
A 1786 inventory lists more than one hundred Aubusson carpets at the palace of Versailles and a 1789 inventory of all royal palaces describes a great many more. The fact that Aubusson carpets were easier to manufacture is the leading reason why so many rugs from this manufacturer were ordered by the aristocracy for their castles and chateaux enabling them to custom make rugs for unusually large spaces in a fraction of the time it would take to weave in pile (all the time maintaining the beauty, grace, elegance and aesthetic appeal which was demanded by the ruling class at the time). With their grand designs of frames and cartouches hung with garlands, they have a clear, Neo-classical almost architectural monumentality and soft coloration reminiscent of Greco-Roman decorative arts. These qualities still establish Aubusson rugs as one of the more effective alternatives in traditional interior decor.
Aubusson Carpets - Rich in history and armed with a timeless appeal, Aubusson carpets been sought after by the leading interior designers as well as consumers for decades. As a side note, the fact that these carpets were commissioned for and by the aristocracy explains why they are far more abundant in larger sizes, more so than any other type of rug. To elaborate, Aubussons are rarely found in smaller "scatter" sizes, the ruling class always desired to convey an impression of grandness, so rather than splitting up the room with a number of smaller pieces, they opted to fill the entire room, to be viewed not only as a decorative floor covering, but rather as a grand and graceful work of art to be admired by all who enter.
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24 Rugs Found in Aubusson Rug
This charming antique rug from Aubusson features a triple medallion pattern framed by a series of ornate borders.
Woven with a harmonious combination of warm and cool tones, this charming Aubusson rug features a central cameo medallion and prominent floral frame.
This elegant Aubusson carpet features a bouquet of tropical flowers and classic specimens arranged in a casual composition over the soft ecru field.
Woven with soft, mellow colors, this French tapestry rug features a formal medallion and harmonious flower bouquets.
European and Asian designs converge in this exceptional 18th century Aubusson carpet decorated with a strong repeating pattern and bold Bohemian colors.
The rich color scheme, which can be seen in the distinct color change to cocoa-brown in the border, gives this fine Aubusson carpet a stately appearance.
This opulent rug from Aubusson features a lush landscape scene with an exotic tree, symbolic bird and castle emerging from the distance.
Drawn in a lush botanical style, this charming modern Aubusson rug features a wonderful variety of old-world florals that create a classical French composition.
Woven with a dramatic chestnut-brown field and with contrasting floral accents, this exceptional carpet from Aubusson incorporates a unique combination of European and French elements.
This arresting antique Aubusson preserves a tradition of design originating in the court workshops of Louis the XIV.
This elegant antique Aubusson carpet from France has a grand cartouche medallion and scrolled border in the Rococco tradition.
Drawn in a bucolic neoclassical style, this artful antique Aubusson rug features a stunning naturalistic composition full of lush plants and playful creatures.
Elegantly styled and tastefully colored, this modern Aubusson-style rug depicts a graceful ovular medallion surrounded by architectural features and chic florals.
On this sublime antique Aubusson, entwined sprays of laurel make up a large openwork medallion design with a delicate floral bouquet at its center.
Classically styled, this modern Aubusson rug depicts a radiant botanical medallion bounded by a lush floral garland, spiraling acanthus leaves and formal sconces.
This lovely antique Aubusson carpet from France has a grand border of rich moldings and scrolled cartouches that encloses and defines the carpet majestically from without.
On this remarkably delicate antique Aubusson a central medallion is surrounded by a larger oval frame of garlands and festoons.
A grand, flower-filled cartouche medallion of roccoco scrolls hovers amidst a rich lavender field on this unusually lavish antique Aubusson.
A floral medallion defined by sinuous rococo scrolls floats majestically within an ivory field on this classic French Aubusson.
On this luxuriant antique Aubusson carpet from France a grand ivory frame with six oval cartouches has garlands that sway into a delicately latticed field.
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