The national Savonnerie carpet factory

Visit the Savonnerie carpet workshop (Atelier de la Savonnerie) at Lodève in Languedoc.
A surprising discovery in the field of decorative arts.

In the South of France, in the Lodève and Larzac area, come and see the only annexe of the national Savonnerie carpet factory of Paris (part of the state-owned furniture repository). In Lodève, a Town
of Art and History, this workshop is perpetuating the skills of the great Parisian factory.
Special carpets are woven for national monuments. 

Manufacture de la Savonnerie - Hérault, le Languedoc © Photothèque Hérault Tourisme - Julie Noclercq

A place of work

 La Savonnerie - Hérault, le Languedoc © Sophie Quencez

The factory is a place of work and not a museum. Guided tours are available to help you understand the process of weaving these carpets, which are intended for the Elysée Palace, for museums or the national furniture repository’s collections.
A film traces the history of the great factory in Paris, the manufacture of national objets d’art, and the techniques of high-warp and low-warp weaving.
In the great carpet exhibition hall, information is provided about the opening of the factory in 1964.

Real reproductions

Savonnerie - Hérault, le Languedoc © Photothèque Hérault Tourisme -  Mathilde Bavoillot


The carpets are true reproductions: identical copies of old carpets or more modern examples such as the reproductions of works by Stéphane Bordarier, Julien Gardair and Matali Crasset.

A different kind of visit

La Savonnerie, Lodève - Hérault, le Languedoc © Sophie Quencez


Hushed, respectful so as not to disturb the work of the weavers. Eighteen craft technicians are getting on with their work at their looms.
Time is not a consideration in this place where making a carpet can take from four to seven years.
Timeless and unconventional, the Savonnerie continues to maintain the tradition of excellence
of high-warp weaving.


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