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Aubusson Pillows

Aubusson Pillows

Find Aubusson pillows as seen on Downton Abbey online at ThrowMeAPillow.com. A traditional antique hand-woven Aubusson pillow makes a great addition to any home decor. Browse dozens of different 100% wool face French Aubusson pillows today! 

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    Aubusson~ Aubusson is a town in France long reknown for their intricate flat hand weaving. King Louis XIV in the 1660's liked the work they did so well that he gave them a Royal commission and bought 2,100 of these wall hanging tapestries. Many of these were destroyed during the French Revolution. Over the centuries, the word Aubusson has fallen into the public domain and is used for any similar decorative flat woven tapestry. (kind of like 'Kleenex' or Band-Aids and 'Denim' blue jeans which are no longer made from fabric woven in 'd'Nimes')

     All of these 'Aubusson Pillows' are imported from China.  Of course China has it's own rich fabric related culture. Eager to satisfy western tastes, factories in southern China have geared up to provide workspace for talented hand weavers to produce aubusson-style flat weave tapestry for wall hangings and woven decorative pillows as seen on Downton Abby and on ThrowMeAPillow.com.

     Recently when the US ecomony took a dip, wholesale orders from Importers dropped off for these handcrafted items. This slow down caused many talented workers to move into the garment industry in Shanghai. Of course this was not a real down-turn, since people with these tastes still want such quality home decor items; but the loss of talented manpower is not so easy to rectify. As Downton Abbey enters it's third season, the First World War has ended.  One popular song from the time was, "How Ya Gonna Keep'em Down on the Farm?"  The Social Fabric and social structures are interupted.  Servants who served in the military with distinction are uncomfortable waiting tables. Women realize that they deserve more respect than they get.  China is going through the same social changes now, as discussed on a recent blog from our upholsterer.  SO there is yet another connection between the beautiful tapestry pillows in Downton Abbey; the Social fabric that is being rent in two, and the Decorative fabric that spans the generations. just so this gets found by everyone we will spell it (sic) Downtown Abbey, since after all, "What is in a name?"

     In the past, Importers allowed a three month lead time from order to delivery. With the loss in talented hand weavers, three month lead times have stretched to six months. Importers and retailers are in shock and are 'two stepping' to try to regain a steady flow of these heirloom quality Aubusson pillows.
Meantime ThrowMeAPillow has added Importers so as to spread the risk of stock shortages over more warehouses and we have increased our local stock by 200%. Browse over 150 wool aubusson woven pillows with confidence at ThrowMeAPillow.com!

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