rugs were made in France -- But how were these wool rugs
Aubusson rugs were fist made in the town of Aubusson, close
to the Massif Central region of France, as far back as the
seventeenth century. These high quality wool rugs were woven
by interlacing the rug using a thick thread weave on a large
loom. The aubusson rugs produced by this weaving process are
without any pile and are best thought of as a wool rug tapestry.
The first aubusson rugs were based on persian rug designs,
but over time these luxury wool rugs evolved into a style
of their own. These generally large area rugs were mainly
produced for wealthy European clients, and would have graced
the floors of many fine homes and palaces throughout the 17th
and 18th century.
The production of aubusson rugs in Aubusson ceased over 130
years ago. At this time the production of these fine wool
rugs placed Aubusson at the center of the European rug making
industry, however, with the advent of cheaper but high quality
rugs from England, during the second half of the 19th century,
the market for these top quality rugs slowly disappeared.
Today, quality copies of aubusson rug are widely available
online. These top quality wool rugs are often made by hand
using modern materials, but they can still recreate the look
and feel of the original 18th century floor rugs.
October 19th 2004
By: Paul Goodwin
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