c.1480-1510. An Aubusson tapestry. Permanent collection of the museum of the Cité Internationale de la Tapisserie.
Chabannes Millefleur is drawn from the oldest known tapestry of the Aubusson region. The original is a heraldic tapestry, depicting the Chabannes coat of arms against a floral background. This “millefleur”, or “thousand flowers” design is typical of this period; however, the extreme geometric placement of the flowers and foliage makes this tapestry unique among other millefleur designs. In Chabannes, which focuses upon the floral ground, the front-facing pattern is organised in staggered vertical band to visually mimic the structure of a honeycomb.