Galerie Hadjer, located at the heart of the Faubourg-Saint-Honoré a stone’s throw from the Elysée Palace, offers a distinguished selection of textile art in the form of antique and modern carpets and fine tapestries from the 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
Galerie Hadjer was founded in 1966 by Jacques Hadjer and his sons Reynold and Gérard, and the gallery now specialises in selling antique carpets.
It was Reynold, the eldest son, who took over the reins of the family business in the 1980s, joined shortly after by his daughter Emmanuelle, who established the antique tapestry department.
Over the years, Reynold became a well-known figure in the art world. Respected by his peers and often consulted for advice, he exported his wares all over the world to a passionate and discriminating international clientele.
During this exciting time in the art world, Reynold Hadjer, out of aesthetic and professional interest, used to frequent art galleries, museums and sales rooms where modern art treasures were on show. It was this captivating proximity to the works of the great masters that inspired him to conceive his ideal collection.
Sadly, he died too soon in 2007 but his dream lives on… His children, Emmanuelle and David, took over the running of the gallery and have worked together to establish the modern and contemporary art department devoted to textile works of the great masters.
To celebrate Galerie Hadjer’s 50th anniversary, Emmanuelle and David have decided to bring their father’s dream collection to life. They have named it HADJER66 after the date the gallery was established.
The HADJER66 collection comprises ten large-scale magnificently produced textile works that can be displayed as either wall hangings or floor rugs.
Each work is produced in a limited edition of eight numbered pieces.
CHOOSING THE ARTISTS
While it was Reynold who chose the artists for his dream list – modern art masters Amedeo Modigliani, Alexej von Jawlensky, Piet Mondrian, Paul Klee, Robert Delaunay and Wassily Kandinsky – the individual works have been chosen by his children, Emmanuelle and David Hadjer.
CHOOSING THE WORKSHOP
The next step was to choose a workshop capable of meeting the artistic and technical challenge of producing this exceptional collection while preserving due respect for the original works.
Various workshops were approached, from India to China and from Turkey to Iran. In the end, France was the winner due to the exceptional quality of the Manufacture de Bourgogne.
The artistic sensitivity and professionalism of its directors, the knowledge and skills of its craftsmen, the unique quality of the wools used, and the precision and subtlety of the dyes chosen all made it the obvious choice.
CREATING THE WORKS
Each work is firstly reproduced by hand in the form of a scaled-down drawing. This drawing is then transferred to a backing canvas cut to the size of the final work.
The formats of the HADJER66 collection vary from 180 cm x 250 cm to 300 cm x 385 cm.
Wool, imported from New Zealand and carefully selected for its strength and suppleness, is the raw material from which these textile works are made. The wool is supplied in its raw unbleached state and has to be dyed; the number of colours used depends on the shades needed to reproduce the particular work. Each shade is carefully defined and then produced by the dyer. The weaver inserts the tufts of wool one by one into the backing according to a pre-defined plan. During this process, wools of different colours can be blended to create new shades.
The next stages are latexing, cutting, topstitching, shearing and carving to produce a textile work worthy of the great workshops of the past.
Each piece takes on average 100 hours to produce and there are around 320,000 tufts of wool in each square metre.
THE HADJER66 COLLECTION
The HADJER66 collection comprises ten large-scale textile works that can be displayed on the wall as a hanging or on the floor as a rug.
Each of the ten works is produced in a limited edition of eight pieces.
The signature and issue number (one to eight) are woven directly onto the backing canvas during the creation process.
Each piece is an original identified by a label sewn onto the back. Onto this label is handwritten a description of the item – name of artist, title of work, year of creation, size, technique, workshop, proof of issue and reference number.
To guarantee the authenticity and limited nature of the edition, two coded identification numbers are assigned to each piece. The first is invisible and is included in a stamped countermark incorporated into the piece by the workshop. The second is hand written on the label by the producer.
The confidential list containing the corresponding edition numbers and code numbers is lodged with a Paris bailiff.