For her new project Victoria Maria Geyer; Interior design and self-taught decoration has chosen to use our creations to design new decorations.

7 ”Zulu” carpet from Le Manach by Pierre Frey.


tapis LABYRINTHE LM ”Labyrinthe” carpet from LeManach by Pierre Frey.


3“Le couple” wallcovering –  Louise Bourgoin collection for Pierre Frey


6 ”Behanzin” Fabric from LeManach by Pierre  Frey







Resplendence of the official orders from the Royalty to the Republic

From the late Middle Ages, the « Intendance Royale » has taken care of the material comforts of the king. They supplied furniture and objects to the royal palaces. They manufactured some of them and repaired others. Although History changed its name, this institution has kept its original mission: to manage stock dedicated to official palaces.

From the Royal furniture store to the « Mobilier National »

From the 13th century, the « Intendance Royale » has been in charge of supplying furniture and tapestries to the king and the court who moved from one palace to another. It inventoried the pieces, was in charge of their  delivery to different palaces, reapired damaged ones and manufactured new ones if need be.

ABraquenié Rug project from a Pierre-Josse Perrot model woven at the Savonnerie, about 1740..

This model of rug was depicted three times in the Royal furniture store diary. The first mention, dated from 1735, under the number 318, was to be used under the table of the King’s living-room in La Muette castle


The Royal furniture store grew during the 16th and 17th centuries to become prestigious under the reign of Louis XIV. In 1663, Colbert reorganized this administration whose the name changed. From this date, it was called «Garde- Meuble de la Couronne ». Henceforth, it was in charge of celebrating and glorifying the monarch. It was translated into a growth of the furniture and objects value and production. This administration has always had in mind excellence and know how in order to glorify France.

2Garde-Meuble Royal, hôtel de la Marine, end of 18th century, coll. privée

The furniture store moved several times before settling at the Hôtel de la Marine, on the Concorde square in 1772. In 1777, it was opened to the public on the first Tuesday of each month from Easter to All Saints Day, becoming the first public Decorative Art museum, in Paris.

In 1792, the Convention decided to inventory and sell the furniture of the Royal palaces. Some pieces of furniture were kept to be used in the new political institutions. The Royal furniture store disappeared in June 1802. It came back to life in 1804 under the name « Garde-meuble des Consuls ». In 1804, renamed Imperial furniture store, it got back to its splendour with the important renovation campaign leaded by Napoléon Ist of the different palaces. This administration changed its name once again in 1870 at the end of the Second Empire.

Today, The « Mobilier National », based in the Gobelins neighbourhood in Paris, conserves, repairs and takes care of more or less 80 000 objects, furniture and textiles (tapestries and rugs).


Pierre Frey heritage and the official orders

By prestigious purchases, Pierre Frey became the garant of an oustanding heritage evoking the Royal and Imperial furniture store orders to different factories of rugs and textiles like Braquenié and Le Manach.

We invite you to discover four centuries of official orders, through specific examples. By their way these emblematic archives tell us the history of France.


The Comtesse d’Artois’ winter furniture in Versailles.


This beautiful lampas, composed of chenille and silk threads, was woven by Jean Charton and son, about 1772 to be used in the bedroom of the Comtesse d’Artois (Marie-Antoinette’s sister-in-law) in Versailles. Le Manach has woven it again since 1906, under the reference number 2402. Général  de Gaulle used it in his office.


Lampas named « the four parts of the world » for Marie- Antoinette’s large  study in Rambouillet


This pattern, created by Joseph Gaspard Picard for the « Grande Fabrique » in Lyon, is a symbolic representation of the four continents like they imagined them during the 18th century. Asia is represented by a man with a camel, Africa is depicted by a lion hunting, Europe by Minerva figure, America by an indian character. This pattern is closed to a toile de Jouy, also called the four parts of the world, printed by copperplate in Jouy-en-Josas about 1792. The different elements were inspired by Cesare Ripa (16th century) engraved models.

This lampas and its reproductions were used in different palaces: The king’s cabinet in Compiègne (North of France) in 1786, the Grand Trianon (in Versailles) in 1964 and the presidential residences from 1970. Le Manach has woven this lampas, under the reference number 1892, since 1898.

NB : Les quatres vents (B7544) in the Braquenié collection adapts in damask the pattern of the toile de Jouy.

The summer furniture of Louis XVI’s bedroom in Versailles.



Conserved in the furniture store, this lampas was used in Napoléon’s large cabinet in the Tuileries and woven for the restauration of Louis XVI’s bedroom in Versailles.

This fabric was woven by the « Manufacturer des Trois Tours », previous name of Le Manach, to be highlighted at the Universall Exhibition in Saint-Louis (Missouri) in 1904. With this production, Le Manach factory was considered as one of the most high-level quality mills.


Fabric made for Josephine’s bedroom at Saint-Cloud Palace in 1802.



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Delivered in 1806, this lampas was not used in Saint-Cloud as it was planed. This fabric was ordered by Pernon (Factory in Lyon). When the renovation of Josephine’s apartment in the Tuileries began, the Empress did not want to use it anymore, because she considered it old-fashioned. This lampas was used in Compiègne Palace in the bedroom previously used by Marie-Antoinette. This bedroom was used by Jospéhine and afterwards by the Roi de Rome in 1811.  Le Manach has reproduced this pattern since 1980 under the reference number 4194.

Lampas for Marie-Louise (Napoléon Ist ’s second wife) in Versailles, 1811


This lampas mixing Greek fret and hydrangea was delivered in 1811 by Chuard and Cie to the Imperial furniture store. Le Manach has edited it since 1912 under the reference number 2924 and 2925 for the border.



The Empress’ chinese museum at Fontainebleau palace

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The Chinese Museum and accompanying rooms built for Empress Eugenie in 1863 grouped together her collection of Far-Eastern treasures. While some of these treasures were acquired from the imperial depository (mainly revolutionary plunder), Napoleon III and Eugenie acquired others from the Sack of the Summer Palace in Beijing by the French and British soldiers in 1860. The collection also includes diplomatic gifts from the Ambassador of Siam who visited Fontainebleau in 1861. Le Manach produced three fabrics for this room : one lampas depicting a green rose pattern for the sofas, one lampas with small dark clouds and a damask depicting clouds and phoenix for the ceiling.


Emperor’s railway carriage

When the railway grew in France during the second part of the 19th century, six companies shared the territory : Paris-Lyon-Mediterrannée, Orléans, Midi, North, East and West companies. Each of them built a train for the Emperor. The first imperial train delivered in 1855 was made by the North Company, the second in 1856 by the Paris-Orléans company, the third in 1857 by the East one. The railway carriage model seems to be a Paris-Lyon- Méditerrannée company’s order.


In 1868, the decoration of this carriage was ordered from Braquenié by Ternisien, a famous French upholsterer who had previously worked on the decoration of the second train built for the Emperor.

Tapestry curtains, a bedspread, taffeta yardage and a rug in the First Empire style constitute the setting of the Emperor’s bedroom. The rug designed for Napoléon the 3rd is an adaptation of a First Empire rug that Napoleon Ist offered to Pie VII in 1804 to thank him for  coming to his coronation. Today, this rug is conserved in the Vatican collection.

As of now, we have not found yet a memory of this carriage in public collections.



Today,   Pierre   Frey    is    proud    to    continue    the    action    of    these    famous predecessors by weaving fabrics and rugs for the Republic.

Here are two examples :

The Elysée Palace


Within the context of the restoration project for this highly symbolic place, the Maison Pierre Frey was consulted by the mobilier National to weave a custom-made carpet for the « salle des fêtes », ils official reception hall.  A drawing by Jacques-Louis de la Haymade de Saint-Ange was selected from among the Braquenié archives collection.


French Embassy in Pékin


For this rug, the ministry of Foreign Affairs selected a textile  document as its inspiration, a Chinese silk painted during the 18th century which has been preserved in the brand’s archives. The floral design of this fabric was completely re- appropriated to meet the specificities of a carpet.

All the reproduced documents are Pierre Frey Archives, unless otherwise stated.


II- Diary of exhibitions

In France


Centre Pompidou, Cy twombly, jusqu’au 24 avril

Musée Bourdelle, Balenciage, l’œuvre en noir, du 8 mars au 16 Juillet

Musée Cognac-Jay, Jean-Baptiste Huet, le plaisir de la nature, jusqu’au 5 juin Musée de l’Armée, Napoléon à Sainte-Hélène, jusqu’au 24 juillet

Musée des Arts décoratifs, Tenue correcte exigée, jusqu’au 23 avril Musée du quai Branly, l’Afrique des routes, jusqu’au 12 novembre Musée Guimet, Kimono, au bonheur des dames, jusqu’au 22 mai Provinces

Angers, Musée Jean Lurçat, Peter Briggs, brouillon général, jusqu’au 26 mars

Clermont-Ferrand, musée Bargoin, Verdures, du tissage aux pixels, jusqu’au 21 mai.

Moulins, CNCS, Déshabillez-moi, jusqu’au 3 mars

Mulhouse – MISE, Formes et couleurs dans les tissus imprimés du 18e siècle à nos jours, jusqu’au 1er octobre 2017




Belgium – Bruxelles, Just married, une histoire du mariage, jusqu’au 17 avril

Canada – Toronto, Textile museum of Canada, Kind words can never die, a personal collection of Victorian needlework, jusqu’au 25 juin

Netherlands – Tilburg, Textielmuseum, Ornamental Patterns, Amsterdam School Mohair Velvets, du 25 mars 2017 au 4 mars 2018

Russia – Saint-Petersbourg, Hermitage museum, From the dinner-service Storerooms, jusqu’au 20 mars

UK – Londres, V&A museum, Lockwood Kipling : arts and crafts in the Punjab and London, jusqu’au 2 avril

London, The fashion and textile museum, Josef Frank, jusqu’au 7 mai

USA – New-York, Cooper Hewitt museum, Passion for the exotic, jusqu’au 26 mars

USA – New-York, Metropolitan museum, Native american masterpieces, jusqu’au 19 mars

USA – Washington, Textile museum, Your next President…!, jusqu’au 9 avril



Pierre Frey and Pierre Gonalons at the PAD


For PAD Paris 2017, la Maison Pierre Frey in collaboration with Pierre Gonalons and with the participation of National furniture, creates for PAD Studio, a display inspired by the decorative environment of Rudolf Nureyev.

Pierre Gonalons was inspired by the decorative world of Rudolf Nureyev, wich evocked the atmosphere of a Russian palace in the 1900s, loaded with furniture, artworks and textiles.

For this decor, Pierre Frey’s pattern Richelieu from Le Manach adorns walls from floor to ceiling through the carpet but also on the benches. Other elements of the brand are visible such as the walls covered with the new wallcovering “jojoba”. Also, benches are made in the Luchino velvet and a few stools are covered with the new Pedrolino cloth.

(La Maison Pierre Frey x Pierre Gonalons au Studio PAD PARI…) 3D of Studio PAD Decor – Paris 2017.

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(La Maison Pierre Frey x Pierre Gonalons au Studio PAD PARI…)

Noureev’s living room decorate by E. Carcano



PAD PARIS 2017, March 22 to 26 at the Tuileries Garden.



This year, it’s the Gio collection from Fadini Borghi who is honored in the window of our rue du Mail showrrom in Paris.

For the decor, we choose the Italian stylist and founder of Cabana magazine, Martina Mondadori. Martina has created “the room of a decorator”, an artist living in workspaces. It combines practicality and aesthetics. She retained her “Cabana” style, and offers a precious and refined who mixes very well with the geometry of “Gio”.

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Lampoon and its decor in Braquenié. Wallpaper “l’Impératrice Eugénie”


The Maison Pierre Frey thanks ”Lampoon” magazine for using a wallpaper from the Braquenié collection for his last campaign.

Wallpaper: “L’Impératrice Eugénie”- Braquenié collection

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Pierre Frey’s evening for Paris Deco Off 2017


Each year during Paris Deco Off Event, Pierre Frey organizes Rue du Mail, an evening for its international clients. This year, the house Pierre Frey imagined a photobooth with Pierre frey’s fabrics as a background. Fabrics are obviously from new Collection 2017!

To the program, a lot of joy, laughter, great mood and especially lovely fabrics!

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The Pierre Frey’s Showrooms, rue du mail and rue Jacob are getting a makeover… for our greater pleasure!

27 rue du mail, 75002 Paris / 1-2 rue de Fürstenberg, 75006 Paris

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Bayamo Collection Outdoor-Indoor


Bayamo is the name of the brand-new Indoor-Outdoor collection from Pierre Frey. Subtly mixing masterly styles, thread interlacing and weaves, Bayamo incarnated timeless style.

The collection offers a broad range of material effects in a choice of contemporary shades. In contrast to the typically vivid colors developped for this type of textile, Pierre Frey has once again chosen a range of delicate and refined pastel colors in a contemporary spirit.

Perfectly adaptated to the Indoor-Outdoor concept, models from the collection are in mix-and-match colors or in shaded tones for covering outdoor and terrace furniture or for use in urbane, elegant living rooms. Weaves from this collection are in 100% DRALON acrylic for excellent resustance to light and easy care.

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Collection Guizhou 2017


The GUIZHOU collection of wallpapers and wallcoverings embodies the mysterious power of Miao’s textile artistry. it mixes traditional and contemporary prints, silk and raffia grounds, embossed vinyl textures, but also draws from the Maison’s archives, from travels and collaborations with artists such as Benjamin Graindorge and Helene Mongin… This collection echos the MAOMING fabric collection.

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Graminées 3 – Collection 2017


In line with our previous GRAMINEES collections, Pierre Frey presents a new collection of wallcoverings inspired by nature, imitating straw weaves. Committed to ensure quality wallcoverings, the vast majority of the collection is woven in our mill in Nothern France before being laminated onto a non-woven backing. GRAMINEES 3 plays with colors textures and weaving techniques in a resolutely contemporary way.

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