The main highlight was seeing the fabrics that the company made for the renovation of the second floor private are at the Petit Trianon at Versailles. Above is just one of them.
I'm not sure if you can see the mark near the flower but it is the mark that the printer would have used as a marker when they laid the wooden blocks on the fabric. Since the new fabric was printed by a machine, it wouldn't need this mark but it was kept to preserve the look of the original. It is this type of detail that I'm sure won Pierre Frey the job!
The toiles were the most interesting since they depicted life as it was at the time they were created.
This blue toile reminds me of the blue color of the toile in Carolina Herrera Junior's home in Spain.
The archives were amazing and we definitely felt like kids in a candy store! Each drawer held something even more amazing than the last!
This is an example of an early model that would have been shown to the homeowner to show them how the fabrics would look in a room!
The books might have been used as salesman samples. Patrick Frey, the son of Pierre Frey, attends auctions to buy vintage textiles to add to the collection.
I want to thank everyone at Pierre Frey in Paris who took time out of their day to show us around. Stefan and I had an amazing time and learned so much about textiles. Pierre Frey is also very lucky to have Sophie Rouart as their archivist. She was previously the curator of the Musee de Toile de Jouy and wrote an amazing book on Toile called La Toile de Jouy. The original is a collector's item so luckily there is a another edition that I highly recommend if you would like to learn more about textiles and toile. Or you could just book yourself a trip to France! Up to you!