Creation of Carpets | Manufacture of the Savonnerie

Knotted stitch technique on high warp looms

By Mobilier National, Manufacture des Gobelins, de Beauvais, de la Savonnerie

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Vue sur la cour de la SavonnerieMobilier National, Manufacture des Gobelins, de Beauvais, de la Savonnerie

Louis XIII developed production by setting up workshops on the banks of the Seine at the foot of the hill called the Colline de Chaillot, in a former soap factory, hence the name Savonnerie (savon is French for soap).

Apprentissage création de tapisMobilier National, Manufacture des Gobelins, de Beauvais, de la Savonnerie

Ever since, carpets made according to the knotted stitch technique still bear this name.

Création de tapis, manufacture de la SavonnerieMobilier National, Manufacture des Gobelins, de Beauvais, de la Savonnerie

Since 1826 the factory has been on the Gobelins site.

Savonnerie historiqueMobilier National, Manufacture des Gobelins, de Beauvais, de la Savonnerie

A second workshop was opened in Lodève (in the Herault department) in the 1960s. Workshops primarily interpret contemporary designer patterns: Zao Wou-Ki,  Pierre Soulages , Pierre Alechinsky, , Garoust and Bonetti, Louise Bourgeois, etc.

Extrait d'un tapisMobilier National, Manufacture des Gobelins, de Beauvais, de la Savonnerie

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