Like every other tradition and culture in history which specializes in creative craft and artistry, European culture has its own place and the antique European rugs stand proof to this claim. The artisans in the continent started weaving carpets during the thirteenth century at first and later flourished throughout the world during the eighteenth century. Many of the design motifs from antique rugs found in the oriental period inspired these European carpets.
Aubusson rugs for sale were made in the French city of Aubusson in the 17th century. These rugs were made with flat woven wools and were modeled after ancient Persian rugs of the same type. It was in the 19th century that Aubusson rugs began competing directly with rugs made in England. Aubusson rugs were mainly marketed to rich European rug collectors. Aubusson carpets were inspired by the best Savonnerie carpets that were woven solely for French kings, from Louis XIV to Louis XVI. In those days, only a king was allowed to own Savonnerie carpet. That is what led to the production of the Aubusson rugs – to democratize rug production for all of Europe. Soon, Aubusson rugs were to feature in several homes in France, and even in England. The17th century Savonnerie workshops were famous for their rug design. However, their products were meant specifically for French royalty. Some of the Savonnerie designs consisted of floral patterns, heraldic as well as military references, architectural motifs and so on. The warps in Savonnerie rugs were made with linen, and had woolen piles that were woven with symmetrical knots. Some of the greatest antique rugs in the world are Savonnerie rugs made in the 17th and 18th century and they are only found in the most important museums in the world. Both Aubusson rugs as well as Savonnerie rugs are truly meant for royalty, and they are available with us, for you to buy.
With time and artisans learning the art individually, the European rugs started acquiring new style and designs of their own. You can easily differentiate the ones made in the eighteenth century with their unique colors and weaving styles. Going for antique European rugs is an individual choice and these carpets have equally great designs that would appease any buyer. You can buy them for yourself or even consider gifting one of these magnificent works of art during special occasions, easily becoming one of the best gifts for your friends or family.
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