In The Market Square in Brussels late summer hosts the creation of the magnificent design of its flower carpet has drawn inspiration from 18th century French patterns. Locals and tourists alike find this magnificent work of art breath taking. Local TV and the city host special music and light shows to accompany the carpets display for three days and four night.
The world’s largest Savonnerie carpet
The name of this famous French workshop comes from the establishment where it was founded in 1627 by Louis XIII, on the current location of the Palais in Paris. At that time, continuous wars had led the kings of France to relocate the prestigious craft on their territory. Henri IV had even simply prohibited the import of foreign tapestries as of 1601.
This 2008 carpet was inspiration from Persian, Caucasian or Turkish patterns. The designs of French carpets adopted a style of floral and plant patterns, mixed with royal and, inevitably, Christian symbols. The fleur-de-lys, for example, depicts the Holy Trinity with its three petals. It had been adopted by the kings of France since the Middle Ages, and exalted by the Bourbon dynasty all the way to Spain. The particular, eight-pointed cross of the Templars refers to the cosmic balance, the resurrection and the New Testament. The Savonnerie craftsmen that created the original patterns excelled in the precise and delicate way they practiced their craft.
Arranged by craftsmen on the cobblestones without any soil, nearly one million fresh begonias are used is created this living 300 square meter ( 3229.17 sq. feet) carpet every other year in the Market Place in front of the Grand Place in Brussels. The next creation will be hosted in August of 2010.
No camera image or video can reproduce the splendor of this work of art. Thank you for making our world more beautiful for supporting and creating the annual beautiful work of art.
Excerpts courtesy of http://www.flowercarpet.be/site/main.php?lg=en&otm=3&mtm=6&hst=_05_01&pg=127
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Video courtesy of Youtube.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0y_zLimU6EY