Monuments Historiques – France

Palais Garnier

The Main Foyer in the Paris Opera House, a theatre designed in the 19th century by Charles Garnier.

Monuments Historiques

Monuments Historiques

With its knowledge of art history and mastery of traditional techniques, Jouffre's specific expertise has been deployed many times for the renovation of all kinds of listed building.

A fascinating reproduction project, carried out alongside Alain-Charles Perrot, chief architect of the Monuments Historiques (listed buildings body). The Italian-style embroidered and draped pelmets, destroyed by fire in 1921, were thus able to be made in our ateliers and fitted, wholly in keeping with the descriptive documents of architect Charles Garnier, who had stated his wish to have imposing wall hangings woven in threads of silk and gold...

Before starting the project, we conducted extensive research and ensured a thorough understanding of the archives, drawings, and execution plans to precisely replicate these exceptional decorations as envisioned by Charles Garnier.

Thus, our teams dedicated themselves to the creation of these complex "Italian-style" decors, where the subtlety of the cuts and assemblies must be invisible to the naked eye. A Herculean effort involving curtains weighing 60 kg each, representing 700 hours of craftsmanship from 620 meters of silk brocatelle, 190 meters of silk damask, and 190 meters of imberline, all embellished with 25 cm high silk trimmings and 60 cm silk tassel tie-backs, entirely handmade. So we worked on the silk from la Manufacture Prelle and on trimmings from Declercq Passementiers.

“The teams were energized. It was a true challenge, primarily due to the monumentally large dimensions of this hall,” shared Charles Jouffre.

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