Created in 1823, Braquenié is famous for its printed cotton, silk and hand-woven carpets. The Frey family acquired it in 1991, perpetuating the spirit of origin through common values: tradition, know-how and excellence. The Pierre Frey heritage collection contains more than 16,000 archives from Maison Braquenié, carefully preserved, that have inspired the Pierre Frey Studio.
On the eve of its bicentennial, Braquenié bears witness to the timelessness of its heritage and celebrates the quintessence of French style, a subtle blend of foreign influences and national creations.
Offering a rich dialogue between tradition embodied in unalterable elegance and assumed representations, the ANNIVERSAIRE 1823 – 2023 collection unfolds around authentic reproductions as well as reinterpretations inspired by illustrious documents, preserved in the House’s archives department, or in the heritage collections of the Château de Versailles, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris or the Musée de la Toile de Jouy.
Unwrapped from their protective coverings, as if awakened from a long sleep, some of the archival drawings are used here for the first time. Others, emblematic, free themselves from their original coloring or technique and reinvent themselves in a new way.
The collection reads like pages of history recalling the spirit of the time. Stunning trees of life, sublime indiennes, glorious cashmeres, eternal flowers and rivers, tapestries that are more than contemporary, the classics are endlessly reinvented. Novelties written today, reinterpreting the codes of our heritage as transgenerational values.