Louis Philippe period Circa 1840
368 x 270 cm (12’52 x 8’10”)
Weft faced plain weave in wool on wool warps
Aubusson carpets dating from the Louis Philippe period are distinguished by a design that is often based on geometric motifs inspired by ceiling decorations of seventeenth and eighteenth century French palaces. This elegant example is decorated by a large central roundel containing an ivory lozenge with floral garlands all within a rectangular reserve, which is surrounded by smaller roundels and architectural motifs of great decorative character. The neoclassical feeling of the composition is reminiscent of Aubussons dating from before the Restoration era, while the subtle colouration with the accent of royal blue in the border is typical of the earlier pieces from the Louis XV period.