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Savonnerie Rug History

Savonnerie rugs began their debut in the 17th century- French artists and weavers that were personally employed by King Henri IV are who invented the weaving of such beautiful carpets. The King began this movement because he realised how rapidly the national treasury was investing in Oriental rugs and luxury textiles, so he decided that he would introduce his own version at his royal palace.

This then encouraged him in setting up the manufacture of Oriental Carpets within France; this revived the production of luxury products in France which had begun declining during the civil strife caused by the Wars of Religion. Pierre DuPont was personally asked by Henri to start creating carpets, and he was based in the Louvre palace while doing so.

1627 then came around and Louis XIII, the King of France from 1610 to 1643 then granted DuPont and his former apprentice Simon Lourdet a partnership in the making of these rugs for eighteen years. But, after many quarrels, Lourdet decided to begin his own business that was based in a disused soap factory (French savon)- which then gave the rugs their name: Savonnerie. 

To begin with, Savonnerie carpets were made of wool with a small amount of silk in the detail of them. Their knot was known as the Turkish knot which consisted of about ninety knots per square inch. Their detail was usually replicated from the rugs of Persia, but this eventually changed and these carpets began to showcase a distinctive French theme that consisted of flowers and leafy vines that were inspired by patterns found on classical Roman buildings. 

The colour palette seen on Savonnerie rugs usually consists of deep blues, blacks and deep browns. To break up these dark shades, you will sometimes see borders of cream backgrounds. Up until 1768, these rugs were seen as the grandest French gift to receive and were very much exclusive to the palaces of the King. 

This then began a French revolution; the Savonnerie Manufactory started taking on orphans aged ten to twelve for six-year apprenticeships- once completed, one would be selected as the maitrise (master), and the rest would work as journeymen which meant they were qualified in a craft. 

Then on fourth, Savonnerrie Manuactory’s were in decline due to The French Revolution until Napoleon became Emperor in 1804 and commissioned carpets designed by his favourite artists. Now, Savonerrie rugs showcase hand paintings that appear 3-dimensional and are shaded in intricate detail. 3D detailing on a rug is a unique characteristic which is only seen in European rugs such as Aubusson, Savonnerie and Needlepoint rugs. 

With this new depth perspective that was introduced to counteract the traditional two-dimensional patterns seen on other Oriental rugs, Savonnerie rugs were more popular than ever. They accomplished this weave by dying yarns in hundreds of subtle shades and then combining these yarns to produce even more shades. 

To this day, Savonnerie rugs are still being produced in Paris in a handmade woven fashion. If you are lucky enough to own a Savonnerie rug, you will soon learn that its intricate detailing and high-quality materials need looking after efficiently so that it lasts a long time, being a rare and expensive piece of homeware.

Caring for Your Savonnerie Rug

You must ensure that you are taking extra precautions to take care of your Savonerrie rug, especially as something with such worth is usually an investment, or it has sentimental value. At home, rotating, hoovering and keeping out of direct sunlight are just three ways that you should be caring for your Oriental carpet.

These will ensure that the colouring stays vibrant, while general wear and tear is distributed well on the entire rug. Although hoovering is a temporary solution to cleaning your rug, you must remember that dirt is found deep in the crevices of the pile; so, your carpet cleaning abilities must be improved on. It’s time to choose a cleaning solution that’ll give your rug the best chances at lasting for years to come.

By approaching professional rug cleaners with your Savonnerie rug, you are given it the best chances at being deep cleaned and even restored to its former glory. Here at Arcadia Rug Spa, we make it our mission to deliver our customers with a carpet cleaning service that goes above and beyond.

With our 12-step rug cleaning process that is undergone using only industry-leading equipment, we are able to entirely refresh and renew oriental rugs at our rug cleaning facility in Cheshire. We get approached by so many beautiful rugs, but to determine whether or not they are viable for our services, we must assess their condition.

If handmade rugs have been susceptible to deep stains, fraying or colour fade, these are almost irreversible, and we will not be able to transform it back to its raw state. However, this said, we will still deep clean your rug so that it can continue to brighten up your home. We intend to return your rug feeling, smelling and looking it’s best.

Pop into our Cheshire rug spa for more information on our rug cleaning service, and to enquire about our carpet cleaning prices. In the meantime, see below for some fun facts on Savonnerie rugs:


  •  There’s only one workshop in Paris that creates Savonnerie rugs to this day; the Manufacture des Gobelins!
  • The 3D rug weaving technique which is also known as battages has never been successfully replicated by any other rug weaver!
  • The best Savonnerie carpets were made after 1664 during the administration of Jean-Baptiste Colbert!

Rug Cleaning in action

This video show’s the thorough 12 step rug cleaning process most rugs go through to get the best results for your area rug. However there is a very small amount of rugs that are not suited to being cleaned in the wash pit due to construction but it will still be cleaned thoroughly using a method that will be both safe for your rug while giving you exceptional cleaning results.

With the equipment and facilities we have here at Arcadia Rug Spa we are able to cater for all types of rug cleaning from Machine made Modern rugs to Hand Knotted Persian silk carpets.

Why choose Arcadia Rug Spa?

Are you looking for a rug cleaning service in Cheshire? Get in contact with us today, and we will conduct a bespoke treatment on your Indian rug. For further information on Arcadia Rug Spa and our step-by-step guide for our cleaning processes, have a gander on our website!

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