Bedroom rugs- Indian and Indiennes motifs

Following the installation of the window seat storage in the terrace bedroom, I have unwrapped another of the rugs that have been sitting in the workshop for eons.

This one was hand made in India.

The short looped ground is wool, washed but unbleached and undyed; hence the very natural matt shade.

The longer pile cut design has been executed in faux silk (viscose) and has a lovely low, pearly sheen. The dyes used here, are mainly plant based dyes. The back is cotton and jute.

This is, of course, inspired by motifs taken from traditional Indian “Tree of life” images . As these motifs were heavily featured in the aptly named  “Indienne” prints and patterns designed and made in Southern France (mainly Marseilles) from the 17thc and based on designs both imported from the East and inspired by Indian textiles, they are very appropriate for this house!

These Indiennes were banned for a while (around 1686). I like that. I’ve been banned too (long story, for challenging gender bias) and I regard it as  a badge of honour.

The tree of life motif is a big favourite of mine and you will find textiles with these images all over the French house.


About coteetcampagne

Artist, period home maker, renovator, restorer, Francophile. My mission is to save the old stuff, one beautiful piece at a time
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11 Responses to Bedroom rugs- Indian and Indiennes motifs

  1. Ellen A. says:

    Love these motifs as well. Though I am partial to the reds, soft pastels are restful for a bedroom.

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  2. francetaste says:

    That is gorgeous. You aren’t going to see it on every other post on Instagram.
    The New York Times had an article today about how Persian rugs have fallen out of favor with the rich, who now want the same Beni Ourain carpet that is all over the Internet. I guess that is good news for people with more taste than money.

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  3. Osyth says:

    It’s exquisite and SO appropriate in so many ways … the connection to the south of France, the Tree of Life patterning, the colours, the texture all scream just right just right just right!

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