The Story of Chantilly Lace
Funny story, I live in Chantilly Virginia and it all happened by accident. The listing agent input the incorrect zip code in our listing, we fell in love with the house, and we never turned back. Can you imagine the fate of ending up in a city that is named after one if the finest trimmings in the world? Friends, here is the story of Chantilly lace.
Chantilly lace is a handmade "bobbin lace" named after the city of Chantilly, France. The lace is a tradition dating back to the 17th century. The lace bearing the Chantilly name was actually made in Bayeux in France and Geraardsbergen.
Chantilly lace is known for its fine ground, outlined patterns, abundant detail, and made of silk. Black silk Chantilly lace was very popular, especially in Spain and the Americas. It’s lace designs are a half-and-whole stitch that has an effect of light and shadow in the pattern, which completes a flower. The lace was produced in strips approximately four inches wide, and finished with a stitch that leaves no visible seam.
In the 17th century, the Duchess of Longueville organized the manufacturing of lace at Chantilly because of her patronage and Chantilly's proximity to Paris. The lace came into fashion again during the reigns of Louis XV, Louis XVI, and of Marie Antoinette. When the French Revolution began in 1789, demand for the lace ceased.
Chantilly lace reached the height of its popularity around 1830.
In 1844, a machine was patented that made Valenciennes lace and black Chantilly lace that was difficult to recognize from the handmade lace.
Chantilly lace is a silk masterpiece that glimmers with detail and finished with the finest stitches. Displayed beautifully as home decor or finished into fine garments around the world. Exquisite, perfect, and one of a kind Chantilly lace can easily blow your mind.