MATERIALS Wool, Lurex, Metal threads

TECHNIQUE Hand tufted

SIZE 211 x 251 cm




Elle Decor – 2015

Elle Deco

Marie-Claire Maison Hors série – Septembre/octobre 2016

Marie-Claire Maison HS
September/October 2016

Marie-Claire Maison – Octobre 2016

Marie-Claire Maison
October 2016

Madame Figaro – 2017

Madame Figaro

metal threads

A few thousand years before Christ, Roman, Chinese, Persian and Egyptian craftsmen used to cover in gold leaf the threads that they were going to weave for the rich and powerful. Later, weavers used gold and silver threads to embellish tapestries woven out of wool or silk. These threads were difficult to work and extended production times. They required particular skills, passed from generation to generation. From the XVIIth century onward, new techniques made it possible to create very fine metal threads able to go through fabric. Today, the metals used with textile fibres are silver, gold and copper, but also aluminium, iron or stainless steel, and come in every colour. In PINTON’s Couture collection, these fabulous threads are inserted alongside traditional wool or silk yarns, to create poetic and graphic pieces imagined in partnership with contemporary artists and designers.


Metallic, shiny or glittering effects have always fascinated, symbolically associated with light, sun and sophistication. The invention of Lurex dates back to the XXth century, to 1946 to be precise. A polyester textile thread coated in a layer of metal to produce a shiny or shimmering look, Lurex is a light and flexible thread that comes in a large palette of colours. “Threads made for designers” is one of the main slogans of the company that registered the Lurex trademark. Indeed, since its invention this fibre has been inspiring both fashion and decorative art designers to create extravagant, subtle and elegant pieces. Combined with other materials in the production of PINTON rugs, Lurex does not diminish their softness. It gives them a touch of sophistication and chic, with understated patterns and delicate and infinite light reflections.


Wool is an animal fibre, most often derived from sheep fleece. Wool was already being spun as early as 5,000 BC. In Roman times, wool, leather and linen were the main materials used to make clothes. With the progressive development of mechanical processes and the evolution of breeding techniques, wool became the economic lung of several countries in the Xth century, and again in the XIIth. Renowned for its thermal and sound insulation properties, wool also offers the advantage of absorbing moisture. It is a noble and timeless material, used from time immemorial for its strength and durability. PINTON uses local wool with shorter carded fibres, which make it fluffier and give it more volume, or a specific type of wool from New-Zealand with long combed fibres that are more resistant to heavy traffic. Both types of wool are spun (carded or combed) and dyed in the spinning plant located in Felletin. Whether they are made in 100% pure virgin wool or blended with other materials like linen, silk, bamboo, leather or many others, PINTON wool rugs and carpets bring comfort and quality.

Paris Deco Off 2019

Paris Deco Off
Paris (France)

Alix Waline

Après des études à Paris aux Beaux-Art et à la Sorbonne, Alix Waline a été élève à l’école de La Cambre à Bruxelles, en design textile. C’est au cours d’un séjour en Thaïlande qu’elle expérimente pour la première fois le dessin in-situ à grande échelle. Elle s’approprie l’espace pour en repousser les limites. Suivront de nombreuses collaborations, notamment avec l’agence Gilles&Boissier pour plusieurs restaurants, le Chess Hotel à Paris, et la boutique Moncler à Séoul, ainsi que de nombreux projets chez des particuliers. En parallèle elle poursuit son travail de dessin sur différents supports. Pour Gilles&Boissier Privé elle réalise des abat-jours qui sont tous des pièces uniques et elle collabore avec Sabatina Leccia pour une collection de dessins et de coussins brodés. Elle a également dessiné un papier peint très graphique édité chez Chiara Colombini, présenté au Salone del Mobile en 2016. Alix Waline est représentée par Thierry Kauffmann.

Pour PINTON, Alix Waline a imaginé une moquette sur-mesure, joliment intitulée Ondoiement et deux tapis d’exception : Effusion pour la collection Haute-Couture et Expansion pour la collection Prêt-à-Porter qui illustrent parfaitement l’univers tout en émotions d’Alix. En 2019, PINTON avait choisi le salon Paris-Déco-Off pour dévoiler le fruit de cette première collaboration.

La Grande Exposition du Fabriqué en France

La Grande Exposition du Fabriqué en France
Paris (France)

hand tufted

The hand tufting technique is a process combining centuries-old skills and modern weaving tools. The canvas is perfectly stretched over an upright loom and the craftsperson transfers by hand the future design of the rug with the utmost precision. Threads are inserted manually, one by one, working with a gun on the back of the canvas, following the colours, the drawing and the different tuft heights. PINTON was one of the first manufactories to use the gun tufting technique to produce some of its rugs and carpets and is the only French workshop offering very high quality tufted rugs. With this technique, production times are reduced compared to the knotted stitch weave or point noué. Finally, hand tufting offers a large range of possible depths. Carving is the technique that consists in sculpting the wool and creating textures within the woven rug. Since the early 1990s, PINTON has been specialising in the production of hand tufted rugs for which it also collaborates with famous designers and artists.