Jules Pansu, the son of a modest weaver from Voiron, had a dream to design and manufacture his own fabrics. After seven years of traveling by train all over Europe and Russia, selling silks for a company from Lyon, he knew the trade and was confident he could create the highest quality fabrics—fabrics that would add to the elegance and beauty of any furnishing. His dream came true—in 1878—launching a family-owned dynasty that, 133 years later, still remains one of the most respected purveyors of luxury fabrics around the world.
Today, Jules Pansu creates some of the most extraordinary fabrics, tapestries and home accessories from the company’s workshops in Halluin, a French town on the Belgian border. And while the richly-woven fabrics still remain a staple of the business, the company has made a name for itself with its tapestries, pillows, and, most recently, bags and totes. Each piece is exquisitely crafted of a very tight-set jacquard, with designs that are, to many, works of art.
In fact, Jules Pansu is the first and only weaver permitted to create a collection from the paintings of Pablo Picasso. Working within the stringent guidelines of the Picasso Administration, overseen by Claude Picasso, son of the legendary artist, the company perfectly replicated Picasso’s paintings on a range of tapestries, handbags and pillows.
“The company not only put all its expertise in the project, but also its skills to dye threads as close as possible to the original colors,” said Christine Pinault of the Picasso Administration. “And two of their artisans are holders of the title “Meilleur Ouvrier de France” (best craftsmen in France). Claude Picasso thought, and this was verified later, that the artist’s way of thinking, his requirements and way of working could be understood by such artisans.”
The company adapted several of Picasso’s works, running test after test run to ensure that each piece matched, as closely as possible, the original work in terms of color and design. The final result is a collection that both the company and the heirs of Picasso feel proud to offer to the public.
In addition to the Picasso line of products and its classic line, Jules Pansu offers 50 unique pillows from its Deco line, along with reproductions of works or monuments from around Paris.