La France HERMES Carre by Francoise de la Perriere 1959

Even before I could read, maps captured my imagination. Neither the heaviness nor its size ever stopped me from pulling the oversized atlas from among the smaller books until I managed to place it safely on the rug in front of me. Its pages provided endless opportunities for incredible journeys at first following such guides as Robin Crusoe and later Jacque Cousteau.

So it is no wonder that even today I am immediately drawn to designs like the La Cite Cavaliere or the La France.

La Cite Cavaliere Hermes Scarf Designed by Octave Marsal 2019/2020 – Personal Collection

Sixty years its senior, to me the de la Perriere creation is as captivating as the Marsal.

La France Hermes carre – AVAILABLE

In her 1959 design, Françoise de la Perriere highlights the various regions of France and represents them skillfully and beautifully with symbols for each area. There is so much to behold here; from the Monche (The Channel) in the north to the Mediterranean in the south, from the Atlantic in the west to the Vosges in the East…

But lets begin with the rooster at the center, the Coq Gaulois, the longtime unofficial symbol of France. From here we can travel to Notre Dame, then Mont Sainct Michele and end at Château of Chambord.

The fairylike Château of Chambord in the Loire Valley (photo courtesy Wikipedia
Mont-Saint-Michel (Photo courtese Amaustan – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Madame de la Perrier did not forget France’s mountain regions with the Pyrenees bordering Spain, the Alps Italy and Switzerland, and the Vosges Germany.

France’s famous wine regions are also all represented here; Bordeaux, Champagne, Loire Valley, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Alsace (Rhine) and Rhone. We are also reminded of France’s long tradition with horses and horseback riding with the cowboy from the Camargue region in the South, polo gear representing Chantilly and a jockey competing at a race at Ateuil.

Nature’s bounty and epicurean cuisine are of course also included as are other iconic architectural works. Altogether they showcase France’s riches and together they allow us to travel from destination to destination, pausing here and there, enjoying and discovering the wonder of Madame de la Perriere’s creation.

I will dare to suggest that the fashion House itself is represented here in the form of a carriage
Bravo Madame de la Perrière et merci beaucoup!


This lovely and quite rare HERMES scarf was designed by Françoise de la Perriere and issued in 1960.

Named after one of France’s twenty-two regions, Françoise de la Perrière celebrates this historically unique region in her Hermes Alsace carre . Nestled along the Rhine, Alsace has a rich history and borders Germany to the east. The Romans invaded, settled and established this region by 58 BC as a center of viticulture. This is still the case especially for the Colmar area to this day, where grapes such as Riesling and Gewürztraminer thrive. Throughout history this region between the Vosges Mountains and the river Rhine bounced back and forth between German and French rule making it unique in its language, customs and laws alike. After WWII Alsace officially became part of France.

Its four largest cities, Colmar, Mulhouse, Saverne and finally the world famous Strasbourg are represented here and fly their flags proudly in each of the four corners of this design.

With a population of over one hundred thousand, Mulhouse is the largest city in the Haut-Rhin département, and the second largest in Alsace after Strasbourg.

(photo courtesy

Strasbourg, is both the capital of the Bas-Rhinand and the largest city of the Grand Est Region of France.

One of the many charming shops along both sides of the Ill river that runs through the heart of Strasbourg

Strasbourg is a beautiful city with a rich historic center, many quaint shops, hotels and restaurants that serve the world famous charcuterie.

Strasbourg is also the official seat of the European Parliament.

Notre Dame – Strasbourg

The cities of Colmar and Saverne are represented in the other two corners.

Saverne has a history dating back to Roman times when it was called Three Taverns (Tres Tabernae Cesaris) as it marked the beginning of a steep incline and was the perfect resting place before such a strenuous endeavor.

Colmar as the driest city in France has the ideal environment for growing the aforementioned Gewürztraminer and Riesling wines. With one of the best preserved centers, Colmar is not just the capital of the Alsatian wine region but a favorite tourist destination.

Colmar also known as the La Petite Venise has a wonderful mixture of early renaissance and half timbered medieval buildings. (photo courtesy
Center of the Alsace Hermes Carre

Surrounded by locals in their traditional costumes are two storks, which due to preservation efforts can once again be found abundantly throughout the region’s marshlands.

Symbolically, however, the storks represent the oppressed Alsace longing to return to the bosom of France just like a stork returns year after year to the same nesting place.

The Alsace HERMES scarf is a rare vintage carre that is as special as the region it represents.

Alsace Hermes carre – SOLD

Cuirs du Desert Hermès…Loti’s Aziyadé

Françoise de la Perrière has designed some truly exceptional scarves for Hermes and in my humble opinion, the Cuirs du Desert is one of them.

Hermes in its tradition to “scorn all walls, fences and restrains of the spirit” undertook to make 1988 The Year of Exoticism and to go beyond borders in the spirit of Pierre Loti. 

Pierre Loti gained fame for his semi-autobiographical novel Aziyadé, which was published 1879. As a young French Naval officer, Loti found himself in Turkey, where he fell in love with a much younger harem girl, Aziyadé. In his book, Loti describes both his love for the harem girl and his love affair with the Turkish culture, which quickly gave birth to his fame as well as his exotica persona.

It is then no surprise, that Hermes took its Fall/Winter Collection that year to exotic Turkey where the brilliant jewel tones of both the collection and the streets of Istanbul fought the drab of winter.

Françoise de la Perrière, a former art teacher, joined Hermes in the 1950s and her first work La France, was commissioned by Robert Dumas and issued in 1959.

Madame de la Perriere has described herself as “a perfectionist, who is lazy, an extrovert who appreciates quiet“.  Known to enjoy tranquility along with fixing things around the house, Madame de la Perriere, draws her inspiration from classical music.

As part of the Year of Exoticism, her Cuirs du Desert blends detail with elegance and her carre is both bold and exotic as it is classy.


Les Voitures a Transformation

Every Season Hermes reissues an old favorite, so is the case with Francoise de la Perriere’s Les Voitures a Transformation.

A bold and vibrant design featuring various carriages a favorite theme with vintage Hermes designers.  You can choose from ten interesting colorways like green and coral or violet and orange when you shop the Hermes boutique or today.   But should you prefer a more traditional colorway,  you may like our vintage Les Voitures a Transformation.

Psst, a little secret, ours is quite a bit cheaper too.  And if the 90 cm carre is not quite what you are looking for, then perhaps the Opera Scarf version will do the trick…

Les Voitures a Transformation HERMES Silk Opera Scarf RARE-6

Here a fabulous Opera Scarf version of the Voitures a Transformation

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Les Voitures a Transformation was designed by Francoise de la Perriere and first issued in 1965. This re-issue will brighten up your wardrobe year-round –  a great color combination that packs a real punch.

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The many colors of Les Voitures a Transformation

Authentic Vintage Hermes Silk Scarf Les Voitures a Transformation Original Issue

$ 329.00


Les Voitures a Transformation was designed by Francoise de la Perriere and first issued in 1965.  This vintage Hermes carre showcases various carriages, a favorite subject of vintage scarves.

Taking photos…

and listening to this moving piece by Aram Khachaturian, the Russian Armenia composer, whose Spartacus always takes me to mysterious far away places…

Scarves, I am ready to list for sale…

Cosmos Silk Jacquard HERMES

Le Ronde des Jockeys a Re-issue of the Ascot 1893

Couvertures et Tenue du Jour HERMES

Featured Hermes Scarves

Do not miss out on these fabulous scarves.

We invite you to browse our Featured Scarves as well as our entire collection of authentic Hermes scarves.

At Carre de Paris you will discover a world of authentic Hermes scarves, many quite rare and no longer availableIsrael

The Ever So Lovely ETRIERS by Françoise de la Perrière for Hermès

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The Etriers was designed by Françoise de la Perrière for the Maison Hermès and first issued in 1964.

Once again, we find Emile Hermès’ Collection as the inspiration for this stunning carre. Sixteen different types of stirrups of varied origins have been artfully assembled and illustrated in the greatest of details.


At the center, a huge Peruvian pyramide shaped stirrup dating back to the second half of the nineteenth century, dominates the composition.  Just below is what resembles a women’s slipper, nicknamed the “Sandal of the Amazon”, is a “slipper stirrup”.  These types of stirrups were used by women riding sidesaddle. This “slipper” is where Madame de la Perriere incorporated the copyright, a “c”, in her original design as many of the early artists did. (for more information on early Hermès copyrights please follow this link)


Not only can different types of stirrups, such as the swivel or barred stirrup, be found in this carre, but also stirrups used by different cavalries and for different types of riding. Typically the heavier stirrups (French stirrups) were more comfortable, while their lighter versions (Hungarian stirrups), allowed for better control and were ideal for riding fast.

Once again, we must thank both the artistry of Francoise de la Perriere, who was one of the best known Hermès illustrators, and to Emile Hermès, whose vast collection has been the inspiration to so many early carres.


Other beautiful carres by Françoise de la Perrière are Bride de Cour (1969), Les Coupes (1971) and Voitures a Transformation (1965) to name but a few…

Bride de Cour Silk Ascot

Bride de Cour Silk Ascot – SOLD

Bride de Cour Silk Ascot

Hermes Bride de Cour Silk Ascot – SOLD


Bride de Cour Blouse – Rare – SOLD

Hermes Silk Scarf Les Coupes in Hermes Orange and Brown, Françoise de la Perrière, 1971

Hermes Silk Scarf Les Coupes, Françoise de la Perrière, 1971 – SOLD

Les Voitures a Transformation Hermès Scarf

Les Voitures a Transformation Hermès Scarf – SOLD

Coming soon…

The inspiration behind the always spectacular Hermès Etriers carré by Françoise de la Perriere, which was first issued in 1964 coming soon…