French Aubusson Tapestry Pillows

French Aubusson Tapestry Pillows

Posted by The Persian Knot Gallery on Nov 20th 2021

The art of weaving rugs is thought to have been introduced to Europe by Middle Eastern weavers in the 8th century initially through Spain and then moved north to other parts of Europe. In France, the origin of the Aubusson rugs dates back to the Renaissance period in the town of Aubusson located on the banks of the River Creuse in the Creuse valley of central France about 200 miles from Paris.

We love  the idea of extending the life of things that are artistic and beautiful while reducing our carbon footprint and the impact on the earth’s environment and climate.

An example of this is our collection of French Handwoven Tapestry Pillows. These pillows are created by the reuse of the 18th century French Aubusson Tapestries.  The tapestries that were use were most likely damaged and were beyond repair and maintenance. So rather than just disposing of these tapestries, the creators took sections of the tapestries and made them into pillows. Extending the life of the tapestry and creating something beautiful and usable for years to come.  This is not unlike what the folks in the New England area did in 19th century by using old clothing material and creating beautiful "Hooked Rugs" that are now considered "folk art".  

At the Persian Knot Gallery, we believe in reducing our negative impact on the environment. We do this by helping our clients to reduce their carbon footprint by maintaining the rugs that they buy from us.

As our rugs were produced over 75 to 100 years ago and can be used for another 100 years if washed and maintained regularly.

We believe it’s a win-win approach: enjoy the beauty of an artisan handwoven rug whose quality and workmanship will provide use and joy for generations while reducing the negative impact on the climate.