The name “Savonnerie” was born from the French word “savon” meaning “soap.” Antique French Savonnerie rugs exemplify the formal grace and elegance of classical European design. Like Aubusson tapestry rugs, Savonneries originated in France when European taste turned away for a time from oriental carpets in the later 18th and earlier 19th centuries. The patterns are floral and architectural Renaissance conceptions.