France, Late 19th Century
13'5" x 20'3" (409 cm x 617 cm)
This traditional hand-woven French Savonnerie rug has a fox-brown field with grand polychrome scrolling acanthus leaf vine around a central chestnut roundel panel outlined by an indigo meandering acanthus vine stripe containing delicate linked floral swags linked to stylized bouquets issuing further floral sprays, with a large open cartouche at each side issuing a scrolling curled acanthus plant, around a central fox-brown oval lozenge enclosing a radiating rosette centerpiece surrounded by a dense profusion of musical instruments and scrolling acanthus leaf vine, in a linked acanthus vine border, outer plain chestnut brown stripe.
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