Inside The Paris Atelier Of Fabric Icon Pierre Frey | Beautiful Things | House Beautiful


(intro music) – My name is Pierre Frey. We are in the main
showroom of Pierre Frey, which is rue du Mail,
in the heart of Paris. Pierre Frey was founded in 1935 in Paris, in the heart of Paris, by my grandfather, Pierre
Frey, who opened Pierre Frey as a fabric editor that we are today. (music plays) We try to be very eclectic in
terms of style of our fabric, also in terms of the technique that we use to manufacture this product
that are made in our own factory in our own atelier in the north of France. We have a pretty extensive
range of product. (music plays) We’re here at the atelier of Pierre Frey, the weaving facility of Pierre Frey, one of the last weaving facility
in France for home fabrics. We mainly weave natural textures such as wool, linen, silk, cotton. We will see the whole process of weaving. (music plays) So, behind me you have two wood looms that are dates from 1840 and we weave on those looms a very specific silk velvet that’s woven by hand where we weave one meter
per day of silk velvet. We weave either velvet or tiger. In the atelier we have some workers that have been working for
a long time, for decades. We even had some people that
just retired very recently that had been with us for 47 years. So, they started when they were 16, they just retired. (music plays) Some fabrics are quite long to produce, some silk velvet made on a wood
loom could take even longer If you want a sofa that needs 20 meters, it’s gonna take 20 days of just weaving that product
just for one specific client for one specific order. So, it’s extremely long, it’s the slowest fabric
we have to produce. But a modern weaving loom
produces 30 to 50 meters per day. The yarn, they arrive here
either a single yarn, double or three layers of fabric. And you will see the
different types of yarns that are twisted on itself
to make the yarn thicker. That is to prepare the bobbins. (music plays) Once you have the bobbins, you put the bobbins on the creel. The creel is part of the warping process. The creel is a big machine
that we use to make the warp for the weaving process. (music plays) In a fabric you have
the weft and the warp. The weft is the width of the fabric and the warp is the length of the fabric. So, you will see here the
weft going from left to right. That’s gonna make the fabric itself, going through the warp. So, the weft is here clipped
on the left to the right and they go very fast in the middle and they catch each other. And when that’s done then
it starts the fabric moving and the fabric is weaving
and going forward. And that actual fabric
is called Collobrieres. And that Collobrieres is
one of our best sellers. It comes in 90 different colors and it was created by
my grandfather in 1956. And it’s still a best seller. When the loom replaces another one I will change the fabric. We have to plug the new loom with thousands of meters
ready to be woven. That warp needs to be
plugged into the loom and every yarn need to be knot into the new loom. So, it’s knot by knot, and it’s thousands of
knots that needs to be made either by hand or with a
little machine that helps us fix the loom, the new warp. (music plays) And after the fabric is woven we take it to the inspection, who’s gonna check the quality, the centimeter by centimeter every single fabric that
is woven in the atelier. And that’s 200,000 meters
of fabric woven every year. And then it is sent to the client. (music plays)

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