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Savonnerie Empire 510 x 387

Savonnerie Empire 510 x 387

This rare handwoven wool rug was originally commissioned by Napoleon I as a gift to his brother, Jérôme Bonaparte, at the Savonnerie Royal Manufacture in Paris. The Royal Manufacture was exclusively reserved for the King or was used for creating diplomatic gifts or furnishing royal residences.

This particular rug depicts Napoleon’s own emblem – eagle, as requested by himself, which is similar to the one that he placed under his throne. The other similar rugs are the permanent collections to major museums such as Musée du Louvre.