Savonnerie rugs were supposedly named after a Children's hospice in Southern France sometime during the 17th century. The students of Pierre Dupont were said to have taken over the hospice and established a factory that flourished through Napoleon's revolution. The unique look of these highly decorative floral pieces with a stone washed appearance made them collectors items. The motifs were most often carved to give a more dimensional quality to them. This center medallion was surrounded by a peripheral border which did quite a nice job of showcasing it.
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