N. Vrouyr

Handknotted rug
Made in the workshops of Elisabeth De Saedeleer (1902-1972)
Similar design made by Da Silva Bruhns for the sitting room 'Trouville' of the ship 'Normandie' that sailed for the first time in 1935
Warp and pile: wool, weft: cellulose
Ø 265 cm

The round carpet of Elisabeth De Saedeleer
Hand-knotted carpet in the workshops of Elisabeth De Saedeleer. Its design is an exact replica of the carpet that Ivan da Silva Bruhns made for the 'Trouville' appartment on the liner 'Normandie' (1935) and which clearly bears the name of Da Silva Bruhns. Da Silva Bruhns usually had his designs made in the Savigny factory. There is no record of personal contact between Elisabeth De Saedeleer and da Silva Bruhns. However, if the design is a faithful reproduction of the 'Normandie' carpet pattern, then a specific cardboard box was required… The fact that she has clearly left her signature suggests that this is not a malicious copy of a famous carpet.

Elisabeth De Saedeleer
The De Saedeleer family came into contact with former weavers of the Arts and Crafts movement during a stay in Wales (1914-1921). After their return, their daughter Elisabeth, together with her sisters, set up a weaving workshop in Etikhove. Father Valerius De Saedeleer is very closely involved in the project. The work is of high quality, handmade and exclusive. The designs are provided by artists such as Gustaaf De Smet, Ossip Zadkine, Albert Tytgat and Albert Van Huffel, Jaap Gidding etc. but also by Father Valerius. The brothers Luc and Paul Haesaerts joined the Atelier around 1925, and by the end of the 1920s Paul Haesaerts was the artistic director and designer of many projects. Elisabeth is a leading figure in the world of textiles, not least because of her work at La Cambre (Institut supérieur des arts décoratifs de Bruxelles), where she has led the textile art course since its inception, when she was invited to do so by Henry Van de Velde.

Ivan da Silva Bruhns
Sober and elegant, the carpets of Ivan Da Silva Bruhns (1881-1980) are among the most sought-after of the Art Deco period. With their wide range of geometric or ethnic designs and natural earthy colours, they appealed to the greatest French decorators of the inter-war period, such as Ruhlmann and Leleu. Inspired by the 1922 exhibition in Marseille, he renovated the art of carpet making by drawing inspiration from oceanic, African and pre-Columbian arts, before creating the Savigny-sur-Orge factory.