THE HISTORY OF JULES PANSU
Here in Belle Art Gallery we are proud to be cooperating with Poulin Design, the sole importer of Jules Pansu’s exclusive products, consisting of art tapestries and pillows in Scandinavia and Germany.
Jules Pansu started designing tapestries and textiles in the mid-19th century.
Jules Pansu established the business in 1878 on 42nd Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière.
The exclusive business is still to be found at this very address and is still family owned.
Jules Pansu established the production facilities in Halluin, French Flanders, and joined an artist group with over 600 years of experience in tapestry art.
In the year 1919 the son, also named Jules, joined the business and continued the successful family business.
Jules the 2nd was later succeeded by his three sons; Robert, Jean and Bernard, who in 1946 joined the traditional family business.
Eric and Alain Pansu took over the operation of the business in 1976 and thus the 4th generation was engaged in the design and production of woven pillows, rugs and tapestries of superior quality.
Jules Pansu continues to expand as a family business both in France and internationally.
The 5th generation, Guillaume Pansu, the son of Eric Pansu, joined the company as of 2018 thus insuring the continuity of the family business.
The weaving mill continues to produce tapestries, rugs and pillows in the utmost of quality portraying that of the great world artists – thus continuing the family traditions.
Jules Pansu has the exclusive rights to produce art tapestries for the succession of Picasso and Fundació Joan Miró and therefore the right to reproduce the works of the artists using weaving techniques.
It is Joan Mirós grandson himself, Joan Punyet Miró, who selects and approves the weavings of his grandfather’s works of art.
Picture: Joan Punyet Miró with Catherien Deneuve.
Jules Pansu has also acquired the exclusive rights to producing weaves of the works of great artists like Kandinsky, Magritte, Léger, Kupka, Klee and Malevich.
THE HISTORY OF WEAVING
As far back in history as Homer’s Illiad one has been able to trace forms of textile art and weavings.
The preparation of tapestries is a part of the old French heritage that belongs to the world’s most exclusive and highbrowed ones.
Since the middle age’s artists and weavers in Paris, northern France and Val-de-Loire has created exclusive, refined, complex and very durable tapestries that to this day is being admired in many international museums and castles all over the world.
In 1160 Jean-Baptiste Colbert, the financial minister of Louis XIV, founded “Les Gobelins Tapisserie” followed by “Royale des Beauvais”.
The tapestries created at these weaving mills are among the finest and most exclusive in Europe from the 17th and 18th century.
The same goes for the ones weaved at Aubusson and Felletin.
The tapestries were typically based on the works created by the great and renowned artists of the time like Le Brun, Jean-Baptiste Oudry, Charles Coypel and Francois Boucher.
In the weaving mills of Jules Pansu in Halluin one continues to carry on this proud tradition and specializes in Jacquard weaving – a technique named after the renowned Joseph-Marie Jacquard.
Jacquard invented the technique and the loom that allows for a far greater versatility and finer art in the weaving than previous methods ever could accomplish.
RECOGNITION OF FRANCE’S BEST CRAFTMANSHIP
Since the family business of Jules Pansu was founded in 1878 the company has dedicated all its time to fully increasing the expertise and knowledge as well as designing and creating exclusive weavings, tapestries and textiles based on its forefathers’ traditions in design, development and production of Jacquard weaving.
The company of Jules Pansu has proudly received the prestigious honor of “Meilles Ouvrieres de France” (France’s best craft Price”), not just once but twice.
The aspirational and committed team of Jules Pansu works, as second nature, on securing and developing the highest level of technical, sophisticating and creative quality in all woven products, all the time.
It is a great honor for the company to have received this accolade thus getting their efforts honored.
To be able to live up to the needs and expectations of their customers the artistic director at Jules Pansu combines the modern taste with traditional styles by using fresh colours and designs.
By means of innovation the weaving of tapestry and textiles is being interpreted in a way that correspond to the present.
Jules Pansu lives up to the requirements from the most demanding customers, including many prestigious museums, French and international monuments and castles by adopting and designing new products being exclusively made for these clients.
To secure the very high level of quality in the products, all of Jules Pansu’s textiles are made using the Jacquard method at Jules Pansu’s own weaving mill in Halluin, northern France.
The company has long lasting relations with their carefully chosen collaborators in the textile industry, including wool and cotton suppliers.
All of the above to secure a continues control of the commodities thus securing an extremely high level of quality in the production.
Thus one can say with pride; “Jules Pansu – made in France.”.