La Manufacture Cogolin in Southern France has produced rugs of unrivalled elegance and personality since 1924.
“Creative wonders with history and personality, Cogolin rugs are a statement of high-end design, elegance and exceptional craft with a recognisable Mediterranean soul”
Started as a silkworm farm and hand-knotted rugs laboratory, this Provençal gem was discovered in 1928 by a French entrepreneur and textile engineer named Jean Lauer, while on vacation in the area. Charmed by the exceptional craftsmanship of the weaver, Lauer bought the company and added the groundbreaking Jacquard hand-weaving looms, introducing early automatisation into the manufacturing process. Each Cogolin rug was knotted or woven by local craftswomen whose skill, combined with Lauer’s visionary innovations, helped propel the brand to international renown by the 1930s.
In 2010, years after Lauer death, the company was acquired by the Hong-Kong-based carpet company House of Tai Ping. Now serving the most discerning and affluent clients around the globe, La Manufacture Cogolin remains a unique and exquisite example of enduring cultural legacy, innovation and design.
Stepping into the workshop of Cogolin feels like witnessing the history of industrial revolution coming to life. The revolutionary Jacquard loom mechanisms – still in use today – combines needle, cylinder, and punch-card components to create textured designs and elaborate patterns. An old relative of modern computers, the 19th Century handloom has been operated by generations of women weavers working with the noblest of materials. Wool, cotton, jute, linen, silk and raffia are yield together to create high-relief floral and geometric patterns.
The signature Cogolin’s waving technique called “point de Bruxelles” is made exceptional by the use of a 200 rich and luminous colours palette developed exclusively for La Manufacture. Rare and timeless rugs which are now produced in collaborations with selected workshops in Nepal to provide the signature hand knotted finishing.
Cogolin hand-knotted masterpieces can be spotted in some of the most exclusive residences worldwide. The Élysée Palace in Paris and the Nelson A. Rockefeller former apartment at 810 Fifth Avenue, New York are just some luxury homes with a Cogolin rug at their floors. The latest house collection Idylle is a celebration of the rug-maker exceptional heritage and an homage to one of the most iconic piece rediscovered from the Cogolin timeless archives.
Idylle collection honours the original mid-1930s floral drawings of the French artist Christian “Bébé” Bérard, who designed a sophisticated pattern for the famous Rockefeller living room in Manhattan. Describing the Idylle collection, Jean-Pierre Tortil, the global creative director of Tai Ping reveals the reinvigorated identity of the brand:
“It’s a celebration of the Manufacture. [..] And it brings the creative wonders of the past to today and to the future.”
The Bérard rug was one of the first collaborations between the haute couture carpet workshop and some of Europe’s most finest designers. Artist Jean Cocteau, and designers Jules Leleu, Jean-Michel Frank, and Sir David Hicks are just some of names who uses Cogolin’s texture as their most refined artistic medium. One of the most recent collaboration holds the signature of the queen of colours India Mahdavi. Inspired by gardens as the typical Kilims and Oriental rugs, the collection called Jardin intérieur – Indoor garden – astonishes with geometrical tridimensional patterns and lavish colours.
“I have used a lot of rugs from La Manufacture Cogolin for several of my projects” says India Mahdavi, “because they have a very specific way of weaving, and their rugs have a real personality.”