Aubusson, circa 1795-1800
Tapestry-woven carpet, wool, hemp
Purchase, 1996
Inv. 996.67.1
© Photo MAD, Paris / Jean Tholance

If you want to use this picture, please contact our library

This is a rare example of the tapis ras, a type of tapestry-woven or flat-weave carpet that appeared in the 1770-1780s. These carpets’ compositions often reproduced the decoration on the ceiling and the geometrical division of the room space. The motifs - foliation, medallions, cameos, griffons and chimera - show the contemporary interest in antiquity. The colours - Pompeii red, almond green, deep brown - are a manifestation of the emerging fashion that would triumph during the Directoire and the Consulat, promoted by Dugourc and Bélanger and subsequently disseminated by Percier and Fontaine.