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Merveilles d'Égypte by Pierre Frey


Working in partnership with the Louvre to celebrate, in particular, the bicentenary of the discovery of hieroglyphs by Champollion in 1822, these new textiles, wallpapers and rugs collections display a wide range of motifs and drawings, between faithful reproductions and free inspirations, with a respectful view of the preserved works but also a contemporary and graphic reading.

It was during visits to the Egyptian Antiquities Department at the Louvre Museum and related research into the crafts of the period that the contours of the collections were drawn, outside the walls of the museum, within the Pierre Frey studio...



Merveilles d'Égypte

The fabric collection revisits the world of the senses through the evocation of a luxuriant fauna and flora embroidered on linen. The jacquards and prints are reminiscent of hieroglyphics and frescoes in ancient buildings. Wallpapers oscillate between matte and shiny. Matte 3D prints reveal the volume of temple bas-reliefs. The pearlescent, gold and metallic reliefs pay tribute to the jewels, ornaments and ornaments of the pharaohs. A double approach, between tradition and modernity, to savor the splendor of this civilization.

FABRICS:


Abkaou


This precious damask, a bas-relief in silk and linen, depicts the cattle chief Abkaou and his wife receiving offerings. This magnificent scene of life, finely woven, restores all the emotion of the limestone stele exhibited in the Louvre's Department of Egyptian Antiquities.


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Fleurs d'eau


Delicate and majestic embroidery of lotus flowers. Symbol of Egyptian art, it is considered the initial flower with magical powers. The richness of this embroidery pays tribute to the creativity and expertise of the craftsmen of ancient Egypt.



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Giseh


The Egyptian symbols of this freely interpreted jacquard are offered both in a golden

version, in the image of the treasures of the pyramids, and in a matte version, recalling the very graphic characters of papyrus.



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Souchin


The design of this embroidery is based on a preparatory gouache for fabric, symptomatic of the Egyptomania in vogue in the 1920s and preserved in the Pierre Frey archives. SOUCHIN's coloring is inspired by the ornaments and flowers of the brightly colored frescoes that bloom on the walls of Egyptian temples. The lotus associated with the sun represents purity and the geometric patterns structure the figurative space.


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Byblos


Magnificent carved velvet inspired by the luxurious Egyptian jewels, encrusted with precious stones.


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Lounet


This beautiful graphic jacquard with lively colors and an interlocking pattern of a stylized plant, goes with everything.


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WALLPAPERS:


Sennefer


Loosely based on the ceiling designs of the tomb of Sennefer, mayor of the city of Thebes (now Luxor), this wallpaper features generous vines covered with bunches of grapes and large leaves. The traditional rotary screen printing brings delicacy and refinement to this charming composition.


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Edfou


Inspired by the column capitals of the Temple of Horus at Edfu and other temples at Thebes, this warp print laminated on non-woven backing adorned with sky-bearing papyrus sublimates the spectacular and majestic architecture of ancient Egypt. Coordinates with fabric F3653 EDFOU.


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Pharaon


This stripe, inspired by the lid of an Egyptian coffin in the Louvre's Department of Egyptian Antiquities, freely evokes the fabulous finery of the pharaohs. The traditional print with metallic reflections elegantly highlights the details of the wallpaper.


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Shout


Thanks to its hand-painted pattern, the SHOUT wallpaper is reminiscent of the pearl nets worn by women in ancient Egypt. This decoration is inspired by the statue La Porteuse d'auge kept in the Louvre's Department of Egyptian Antiquities. Printed in wide width on matte non-woven fabric.


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Hatchepsout


This wallpaper reproduces the decorations of the coffin of a woman discovered in the cemetery of Gournet Murraï and used during the reign of Hatshepsut, wife of the pharaoh Thutmose II, who became pharaoh herself after the death of her husband during the New Kingdom. It shows a man in a loincloth, a standing woman and a representation of Anubis and the eye of Udjat, a protective symbol. Printed in wide width on fibrous woven fabric. This emblematic object is kept in the Department of Egyptian Antiquities of the Louvre. Coordinated with fabric F3698 HATCHEPSOUT.


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Papyrus


This graphic and contemporary pattern printed on a metallized raffia background laminated on non-woven fabric echoes the papyrus and vegetation of the Nile.


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Les poissons du nil


The artist Louis Barthélemy illustrates in a contemporary and graphic way the fish of the Nile and their reflections. The bright or precious colors are enhanced by the printing on a metallic linen background laminated on a non-woven backing.


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La faune et la flore



Escape to the shores of the Nile, this contemporary landscape imagined by Louis Barthélemy, pays tribute to the Egypt of the pharaohs where nature flourishes generously. The print on a metallic linen background laminated on non-woven backing brilliantly expresses the bright and cheerful colors of this XXL design. Coordinated with F3658 FAUNE ET FLORE.


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RUGS & CARPETS:


Faune et flore


Escape to the banks of the Nile, this contemporary landscape imagined by the artist Louis Barthélemy, pays tribute to the Egypt of the Pharaohs where nature flourishes generously. Hand-knotted in Nepal in the traditional way, the joyful shapes and colors of this décor transport us to a paradisiacal world.


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Khafre


Tribute to the decorative modernity of the Egypt of the Pharaohs, the KHAFRE border is directly inspired by the collections of the Swiss Egyptologist Gustave Jequier. Hand-tufted in New Zealand wool.


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Fayoum


Abstract composition evoking a crocodile skin. FAYOUM, ancient pharaonic Shedit, was the city dedicated to the crocodile deity Sobek, hence the name of Crocodilopolis that the Greeks gave it. Hand-knotted in Nepal, the mixture of wool and silk brings a certain finesse and sophistication.


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Abydos


Inspired by a funerary ornament from the Late Period exhibited in the Department of Egyptian Antiquities of the Louvre Museum, ABYDOS takes the fishnet shape of the work of art and offers a beautiful play of textures thanks to different wool loops. Hand-tufted, the relief of its design evokes the richness of the ornaments that decorated the mummies' shrouds.


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Khoufou


Tribute to the decorative modernity of the Egypt of the Pharaohs, the KHOUFOU border is directly inspired by the collections of the Swiss Egyptologist Gustave Jequier. Hand-tufted in New Zealand wool.


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Menna


This charming little graphic pattern reproduces a textile sample from a 1908 collection in the Pierre Frey archives. Woven in large width for a carpet resistant to the most intensive uses.


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Ouaset


OUASET is a free creation that combines a whole series of small graphic motifs directly inspired by the collections of the Swiss Egyptologist Gustave Jequier. Hand-knotted in Nepal in the traditional way, this composition is a tribute to the decorative modernity of the Egypt of the Pharaohs.


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Louis Barthélemy


La Maison Pierre Frey has invited the artist and illustrator Louis Barthélemy to imagine a true contemporary fresco celebrating the Nile,


the nourishing river, and the abundant life along its banks. Dividing his time between Cairo and Paris and an unconditional lover of Egypt, he has imbued his drawing with many symbols of Egypt. Inspired by both cultures, Louis Barthélemy inscribes the duality between the East and the West, which is dear to him and which inspires him, in a filigree way throughout his creative process. His work fits perfectly with the Wonders of Egypt collection in collaboration with the Louvre Museum and transmits with finesse a continuous reading of a cultural and universal heritage.


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