Sunday, October 17, 2010

Aubusson....woven works of art

In the mid 17th c in Paris, elaborate wool and linen rugs were woven.

The combination of linen, wool and natural dyes made  for a product that still stands out today against mass made, synthetic dyed weavings.
These rugs were based on rugs of the court for Louis XIV and were made for wealthy homes.

Treated like a painting, the weavings captured highlights and shadows with the small, flat stitches.This Aubusson fragment is from a wonderful post by Interesting Antique Textiles

The combination of blues, rust and cremes were a staple in these designs.

Look at the detail in this! Even the small beads around the circle have wonderful highlights and shading.

Morgaine Le Fay antique Textiles is another source for more photos and information on Aubusson.

Finding these treasures is a little hard but when you do, you have an investment! 


Gina said...

Dear Theresa, Love this post. The colors are spectacular. It would be interesting to try and replicate the clors in a tile mural.
I am lucky to own a very special Aubusson rug with garlands of roses. I purchased it at an auction, about 20 years ago. It was at a private auction and no one else bid on it.

Karena said...

Theresa, the fine details are amazing and the hours it must have taken! Truly works of art!

Art by Karena

ceecee said...

Be still my heart!!! Hope lots of good things are in the works for your week. Your comments always make me happy, Theresa.
Catherine xx

MyFavoriteFrenchAntiques said...

Beautiful pieces always delight...loved the beading around the face.

I have been a fan of French oil pantings for years...and recently started that same love for Aubusson pieces.

Always get excited when I see you have a new post. Another one of beauty.

patrickgracewood said...

Thanks Theresa, not just for this post, but how it led me to the wonderful Old Pretenders website. It's amazing, full of odd beauties.

Acquired Objects said...

Nice seeing some of my tapestry pieces used in your post but it would have been nice if you had given "Oreillers", my business credit like you gave everyone else their due.

Theresa Cheek said...

Acquired-Je suis desole! Oversight on my part. It is corrected now.

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