Magnificent Mid 19th Century French Aubusson Carpet, Country of Origin / Rug Type: French Rug, Circa Date: 1860 – During the 17th and 18th centuries the French tapestries and the flat woven rugs that were produced in Aubusson France rivaled the best Royal manufacturers. These antique rugs and tapestries were known for their high level of detail and fine craftsmanship. This magnificent mid-19th century French Aubusson carpet is an excellent example of the fine detail and care that went into the making of each piece.
The beautiful blue color of the background highlight the rusty orange red and neutral tans of the border and central design. The central medallion design and consists of scrolled floral vine scrolls and leaves with various tones used for shading and add an exquisite level of artistic detail. The background is a tiled geometric design over which the other design elements appear to float.
When you look closely at the craftsmanship and level of detail it is easy to see why rug makers such as these could easily compete with the royal masters. This memorizing French carpet displays vertical and horizontal symmetry with a border that balances well with the scale of the central motif.
The central medallion has extensions pointing to the eight compass points. This center pattern radiates outwards and carries our gaze with it towards the far reaches and corners of this spectacular light blue French Aubusson carpet. This makes this large size area carpet seem even bigger than it is.
The piece is reminiscent of the formal reflecting pools and that graced the courtyards of French royalty. It exudes a soothing feeling of both relaxation and serene calmness. It would easily make an effortless addition to any room that needs a touch of formal continental flair and a piece that stands out in the skill and mastery of the artist.