Galerie Lissier, a stone's throw from the Eiffel Tower, is a family business specializing in the purchase, sale and expertise of Tapestries, Carpets, Kilims and Old and also contemporary Textiles.
We work for private clients, antique dealers as well as French and international decorators.
In our Workshop, we carry out Restoration-Conservation and traditional Cleaning work in order to protect your heritage.
It is a great pleasure to welcome you to our showroom in Paris 7th arrondissement, where we present a sublime collection and also our know-how.
You have come across them in the detours of a museum, a castle or in an unexpected place, the tapestries stand on the walls like large murals.
Tapestry is an ornamental textile work intended for wall decoration and furnishing. Its history dates back to Antiquity: among the oldest preserved testimonies, the remains discovered in the Coptic tombs of Egypt attest to the use of this process in the 3rd century, for the manufacture of small pieces first intended for the ornament of clothing. In the Middle Ages, tapestries take on larger dimensions and are woven to dress the walls of large residences and churches. Used to insulate interiors from noise and cold and adapted by their mobile nature to the itinerant nature of the princely courts, they are also used as ephemeral decoration during religious festivals or civil ceremonies organized on the occasion of important events.
Tapestries are considered objects of great luxury: they are among the most precious pieces in the collections of sovereigns and help to assert the power of their owners. Sometimes enriched with metallic threads of gold and silver, these woven pieces can constitute monetary reserves, but also very popular diplomatic gifts.
Oriental carpets began to appear in Europe as a result of the Crusades, in the eleventh century. Until the middle of the eighteenth century, they were mainly used as wall ornaments and on tables.
When the French production of hand-knotted carpets began in 1608, on the initiative of Henry IV, it was the Turkish carpets that served as a model and the symmetrical knot was therefore used.
In 1628 production was moved to an abandoned soap factory on the outskirts of Paris hence the name Savonneri. The oldest carpets made at the Savonnerie are often called Louis XIII carpets, which is somewhat misleading since they were made during the regency years of the reign of Louis XIV. The carpets were densely decorated with flowers, often in vases or baskets, but there were also military motifs and architectural elements. The motifs were borrowed from textiles and paintings from Holland and Flanders.
In Egypt, China or the Maya peoples, the technique of hand-knotting was discovered almost at the same time by several different peoples, independently of each other. One thing is certain, the main goal of the nomads was to create a carpet, to protect oneself from the cold by lining the tents with an object softer and warmer than simple animal skins.
It will be necessary to wait for a long century until almost our days, to see the function of a carpet pass from utilitarian object to true object of art. Although research has proven that even some twenty centuries ago, the carpet was already considered a rare and artistic object.
Persian rugs By tradition, Persia has always been considered the country of carpet craftsmanship, which is why the history of the oriental rug is inseparable from that of the Persian kingdom and its various fortunes.
After the Second World War, more and more carpets began to be exported to Europe, which became a very important source of income for Iran. Guarantee of quality, strict legislation, regulation of materials and prohibition of mechanical trades created a solid base for an even more intense development.
Following the oil boom of 1970, several factories were established in different regions of the country, but immediately, in the face of this industrialization, the prices of hand-knotted carpets increased considerably, improving the economic situation of Iran at the same time. .
Nowadays the still very high prices are no longer competitive, other Eastern countries supplying carpets of almost equal quality to Iran. But after so many years of tradition, the Persian rug retains all its wonders, charm and prestige.
A team of specialized experts assists you with the expertise, estimation and sale of your tapestries and antique rugs.
The expert activity of Galerie Lissier:
- Estimation of your textile assets with a view to sharing or up-to-date market value
- Expertise before or after disaster at the request of individuals or insurance companies.
- Expertise and support for auctions and also private sales.
- You will receive an objective, confidential and non-binding estimate within 24 hours, based on the auction results of similar properties.
Restoration-Conservation and Traditional Cleaning Workshop
antique and contemporary tapestries and rugs
When I am asked to restore a tapestry, my first instinct is to think about its future. Restore it? Yes, but for what? To pass on a heritage in good condition, rich in history? Of course, but still? Preserve as much as possible of the original materials or restore identically the
Designs and colors?
In our profession, nothing is so categorical. It is therefore necessary to carry out this reflection with the owner of the tapestry, and to define together what will best serve it.
Before making a choice, I note the damage suffered: cracked relays, faded colors, previous restorations more or less well done, dirty wools, broken chains, cooked silks, original or added edges, holes, etc...
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