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Pierre Frey was founded in 1935 by it's namesake. The company has designed beautifully luxurious textiles for over 80 years. With 7,000 items under its large umbrella, the company has an amazing collection of fabric, wallpaper, furniture and decorative objects. With three other prominent brands under Pierre Frey: Braquenié, Fadini Borghi and Boussac, it's no surprise that the scope is so wide-reaching.
Now run by Frey's son, Patrick, and grandsons, Vincent, Pierre and Matthieu, this design company has stayed close to its roots by continuing to make the majority of their products in a Northern France factory... thus ensuring the high standards they demand... remain.
We love the innovative vintage designs that have been renewed for the 21st century. We love the colors and prints that were recently featured. And, we love the authenticity and loyalty to French design that Pierre Frey maintains!
Provence is known for many, many things... one aspect not as familiar is Cogolin, a cultural treasure now nearly 100 years old. Set within an unassuming building, the small staff of 14 female weavers work on gorgeous 19th-century Jacquard looms to create exquisite, custom-made rugs.
What began in the late 19th-century as a silkworm farm, local Armenian artisans eventually began to produce hand-knotted carpets at the same locale; Cogolin switched hands in 1928 when a French entrepreneur fell in love with the factory while vacationing nearby. Adapting the looms to use thicker yarn, Mediterranean techniques were used to produce Jacquard patterns on a tight-weave base. When the loops were sliced open with a knife, a "shag relief" design was produced. This eventually became Cogolin's signature look, Bruxelles.
The owner, Jean Lauer, produced abstract and colorful tapestries that intermingled perfectly with the avant-garde interiors of the era. But, hard times followed when Lauer passed away. Luckily, Cogolin had a savior in our friends at the Hong-Kong-based House of Tai Ping, a carpet company determined to restore Cogolin's former glory.
Searching the building's archives was like going on a treasure hunt, and the prize was magnificent... photographs of the original Berard rug which were used in Nelson A. Rockefeller's home, and other ones with non-uniformed, floral motifs. Redrawn on computers, Nepalese weavers soon began working on the prototypes. Two years later, La Manufacture Cogolin launched, Idylle. What a story!
Founded in 1875, the French firm Feau & Cie craft and restore large scale decorative wall panels in the French 18th century style and beyond. They are known around the world for having an extensive collection of documents and sample wall panels from 17th and 18th century France that they draw from to restore and create elegant rooms today. Their craftsmanship is second to none, and their ability to adapt this French craft into a multitude of styles is fascinating. Their work can be seen in homes around the world as well as in the MET and The Getty.