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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! 

Moon Lin F2768002. 100% Linen, color- Argent

Image courtesy of: Piere Frey

Ellipse fabric by Pierre Frey. Made from 40% acrylic, 60% polyester. (F2494005)

Image courtesy of: Pierre Frey

Fabric- F2719001 Mott. Embroidery with metal and silk and slightly raised polka dots.

Image courtesy: Pierre Frey

Fabric Moon Laine, F2767001. A beautiful print with a metal circular effect. Made from 80% wool, 20% polyester, color is bronze.

Image courtesy of: Pierre Frey

Posted in: Interior Design
Tagged: Textiles French Pierre Frey

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!

Rugs are hand-woven in panels 70 cm wide, while “flat weave” versions are woven in panels ranging from 50 cm-3 m wide in raffia, cotton, linen and wool.

Image courtesy of: La Manufactore Cogolin

The beautiful 19th-century looms are used daily by skilled hand-weavers.

Image courtesy of: La Manufactore Cogolin

The French artist, Christian "Bebe" Berard is photographed sitting in front of his mural. Berard created fashion illustrations for, among others, Coco Chanel and was the one who designed the floral motif for Nelson A. Rockefeller's home....the beginnings of Cogolin.

Image courtesy of: NY Times Magazine

Posted in: Interior Design
Tagged: Rugs French COGOLIN

Feau & Cie: Artful Walls

November 3, 2015

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. 

An example from the company's archives. 

Image courtesy of Feau & Cie.

Classic 18th Century French panel. 

Image courtesy of Feau & Cie.

We enjoyed the monochromatic tenor of this room allowing the wall detailing to take center stage. 

Image courtesy of Feau & Cie.

A modern finish to a very traditional library. 

Image courtesy of Feau & Cie.

Perhaps our favorite image, this displays Feau & Cie's application of French techniques to an art deco interior.

Image courtesy of Feau & Cie

Tagged: Paris French

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