British Heraldry Hermes Carre by Rybal

The British Heraldry Hermes scarf was issued in 1981 making it one of four up to that time designs, that pay homage to the British Crown.

Hermes Silk Scarf Queens Jubilee

The first, Queen, was issued to honor the Queen’s first visit to France in 1961 and was re-issued in 1977 as a special issue for the Royal Jubilee, and renamed to Dieu et Mon Droit (God and my Right) Queen’s Silver Jubilee 1977.

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Regina by Leila Menchari was conceived for Queen Elizabeth’s second visit in 1972.

The British Heraldry, however, is in honor of the Prince of Wales bearing his coat of arms against the backdrop of stunning Gothic architecture.

British Heraldry Hermes Silk Scarf

The British Heraldry was designed by Vladimir Rybaltchenko, AKA Rybal, and was first issued in 1981 and was according to Hermès, “intended to commemorate the Crown Prince’s marriage while calling on the continuity of history.”

Vladimir Rybaltchenko an accomplished artist, pictured here from the 1991 issue of Le Monde d’Hermès


Vladimir Rybaltchenko (1939 – 2002) was the great-nephew of Philippe Ledoux and father of Dimitri Rybaltchenko, all renowned Hermès artists.


The perhaps lesser known Fleurs et Carlines Hermes carre celebrates a common weed, the Carline thistle.

Carlina vulgaris or the Carlina Thistle that inspired a stunning Hermes carre
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Fleurs et Carlines Hermes silk scarf (100% silk) –  RARE Vintage

Who would have thought a Carline thistle could look this good!

This particular thistle, the Carlina, is a flowering plant in the aster family and native to Europe, northern Africa and Asia all the way to Siberia. The plant including its roots is believed to have healing properties which include relieving gastrointestinal issues, stimulating bile flow and cleansing the liver of fatty deposits. Swedish Bitters, which uses the root extract of the plant, has been used for centuries as a gastrointestinal tonic. The plant has also been valued for its antibacterial qualities.

In Vladimir Rybaltchenko’s design the Carline thistle takes center stage as she rises regally above a canopy of wild daisies.

With the Fleurs et Carlines around your neck you can savor the upcoming change of seasons. Enveloped by cheery spring colors even the gloomiest of early spring days will feel sunnier and brighter.

The Carline thistle takes center stage in the Fleurs et Carlines Hermes scarf from 1985

Designed by Vladimir Rybaltchenko (1939 – 2002), who signed his famous designs simply as RYBAL, was the great-nephew of Philippe Ledoux and father of Dimitri Rybaltchenko; All renowned Hermes artists, who have created some of the most memorable designs for the Parisian Fashion House.


The artist, who signs his Hermes designs Rybal is the great nephew of Philippe Ledoux.

Les Cavaliers d'Or Vladimir Rybaltchenko, 1975
Les Cavaliers d’Or close up by Vladimir Rybaltchenko, 1975 – SOLD

Born as Vladimir Rybaltchenko, he is the father of another Hermes GREAT, Dimitri Rybaltchenko. Both son and father have designed some of the most popular and sought after Hermes carres.

Vladimir’s father was born in Kiev and left Russia shortly after the revolution. Educated as a bridge engineer, he worked for Renault and Citroen once he emigrated to France. It is said that he had a lovely singing voice and it was this talent that caught the ear of a young French aristocrat, Alice Ledoux.

Alice, the youngest and fourth child, was born and raised in England. Her three brothers were all accomplished. One is credited with translating works of Shakespeare, Dickens, Defoe, Poe and Tolkien into French. Another brother, Albert, was an ambassador. Her undoubtedly most famous brother, was Philippe. He was an artist and as we all know by now, worked for Hermès and has designed many fabulous scarves for the Fashion House. You can read more about Philippe Ledoux on my blog here.

Alice’s father, much younger than Vladimir, objected to the marriage, but the marriage took place nonetheless. That union produced three children, Boris, Vera and Vladimir. Vladimir became a sculptor and painter and like his great uncle, Philippe Ledoux, worked for Hermès. Vladimir died in 2002 leaving behind a legacy.

Vladimir Rybaltchenko was responsible for a number of very memorable scarves among them Cavaliers d’Or, possibly one the most popular designs of all.

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Enjoy some of Monsieur Rybal’s creations…

Au Plus Dru HERMES Scarf (1998) – SOLD
Cavaliers d’Or Hermes Scarf -(1975) – SOLD
Fleurs et Carlines Hermes scarf (1985) – SOLD
La Fontaine de Bartholdi Hermes silk scarf (1995) – SOLD
La Marine a Rames Hermes scarf was started by Philippe Ledoux and finished after his death in 1975 by his nephew Vladimir Rybaltchenko – SOLD
Nikko Hermes silk scarf (100% silk) – Vintage – GRAIL
Designed by Vladimir Rybaltchenko in 1991/1995 – AVAILABLE
Siam Hermes silk scarf was designed by much sought after artist, Vladimir Rybaltchenko, AKA Rybal.  This iconic carre was first issued in 1978 – SOLD
Dessins D’Orchidees Hermes Scarf from (1992) – SOLD
British Heraldry  Hermes Scarf 1981 – SOLD
Tutankhamun Hermes silk scarf was designed by Vladimir Rybaltchenko and first issued in 1976 – AVAILABLE

Nikko Hermes Scarf by Vladimir Rybaltchenko

The Nikko Hermes carre is a gorgeous scarf by popular Hermes artist, Vladimir Rybaltchenko (AKA Rybal) and the father of Dimitri Rybaltchenko, who himself is an accomplished artist and an Hermes contributor.

Hermes Silk Scarf Nikko

Vladimir Rybaltchenko has, like his great uncle, Philippe Ledoux, created a number of iconic carres for the Maison Hermes.

His Nikko scarf along with Francoise Faconnet’s Daimyo and Caty Latham’s Reverie Japonaises paid tribute to the culture of Japan in 1992.

The Nikko carre took its inspiration from the ceiling of the Japanese Shin’yosha temple located in Nikko, Japan.

At the center of the scarf are three Tennyo Heavenly Maidens. The Tennyo Maidens can be found in Japanese Buddhism.  They are spiritual beings, primarily female and similar to western angels or nymphs.

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According to Hermes, “these delightful creatures are grace incarnate….Let us pause then, and savour the ecstacy of this ethereal realm” (excerpt from Hermes scarf booklet 1991/1992)

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This fabulous carre is SOLD

Nikko by Rybal from 1991/1995

What Inspired Hermes Silk Scarf La Fontaine de Bartholdi

Absolutely magnificent design by the much beloved artist, who signs his designs Rybal.

Hermes Silk Scarf La Fontaine de Bartholdi

The La Fontaine de Bartholdi has always had a special place in my heart.  Perhaps because I have always loved fountains.  Even as a child I loved playing with the cool water of the Singing Fountain in Marienbad.  Dipping my arms as deep as I could without raising my mother’s attention and without falling in.

Singing Fountain, Marienbad, Czech republic

Singing Fountain, Marienbad, Czech republic

La Fontaine de Bartholdi as you, I am sure, guessed is not in Marienbad, but it is also not in Paris?

It is in Lyon, the same city all our beloved scarves are from.

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The fountain is the creation of  Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, who is most famous for the Statue of Liberty.

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Inspired by the Apollo Fountain at Versailles (Jean-Baptise Tuby), the Bartholdi showcases a woman, France, bridling four wild stallions, which are supposed to represent France’s four great rivers; the Seine, the Loire, the Rhône and the Dordogne.

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The fountain was originally commission by the city of Bordeaux but because of high costs, the project was turned down but resurrected thirty years later.  After its completion, the fountain was presented at the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1889.  It is there that the mayor of Lyon saw the fountain and fell in love with it.   The Fountain was sold to Lyon, where it has taken center stage since at the Place des Terreaux.

The fountain has just completed its full restoration that was both lengthy and quite costly, approximately 3.58 million Euros.

On a side note: there is a Bartholdi fountain in the US.  A very different from its Lyon namesake. Originally called Fountain of Light and Water, but now named after its designer, Monsieur Bartholdi.  Made for the city of Philadelphia, the US Bartholdi Fountain is located on Grounds of the Capitol in Washington DC.


US Capitol Bartholdi Fountain

US Capitol Bartholdi Fountain, photo courtesy wikipedia

But let’s now get back to Vladimir Rybaltchenko‘s creation, La Fontaine de Bartholdi!


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Hermes Silk Scarf Fleurs et Carlines Vintage RARE

The Fleurs et Carlines is by Vladimir Rybaltchenko, who was the great-nephew of Philippe Ledoux and father of Dimitri Rybaltchenko, another talented Hermes artist. Signing as Rybal his carres are highly sought after. His Fleurs et Carline is not only a rare find, but in these vibrant summer colors a real treat!

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Come, let’s run barefoot through the fields…

Prieres Au Vent by Dimitri Rybaltchenko

Prieres au Vent, Rybaltchenko, 1996

Prieres au Vent, Dimitri Rybaltchenko, 1996

Dimitri Rybaltchenko comes of from a family of great artists, who have all played a major role in the Maison Hermès’ success, in particular the Hermès Carré.  Dimitri, the son of Vladimir Rybaltchenko, who was the great-nephew of Philippe Ledoux.

Dimitri has carried on his family’s legacy by creating favorites, such as the Noel au 24 Faubourg, Perles du Kenya, Varangues and Prieres au Vent.

The Prierès au Vent, Prayers in the Wind, is an absolutely stunning composition highlighting Dimitri’s abilities as an artist.

Buddhist pilgrims, armed with prayer wheels depicted in the four corners, walk in a circle in quiet contemplation around a stupa, a sacred monument used by Buddhists as a place of meditation.  The circle, without beginning or end, commonly represents unity, wholeness, and infinity.  In the clouds eagles circle above monasteries on snow capped peaks, which point like Truth towards Heaven.

If you listen carefully, you can hear the quiet murmuring of meditation…

Visit Monsieur’s Rybaltchenko’s website @

Other scarves by Dimitri:


Les Toits de Paris, 2006 – Private Collection

Magic Kelly HERMES Dimitri Rybaltchenko, 2011

Magic Kelly HERMES Dimitri Rybaltchenko, 2011 – SOLD

Noel au 24 Faubourg HERMES Carre, Dimitri Rybaltchenko, 2004

Noel au 24 Faubourg HERMES Carre, Dimitri Rybaltchenko, 2004 – SOLD

Varangues, Dimitri Rybaltchenko, 2001

Varangues, Dimitri Rybaltchenko, 2001 – SOLD

Perles du Kenya, Dimitri Rybaltchenko, 1997

Perles du Kenya, Dimitri Rybaltchenko, 1997 – SOLD

Other designs by this gifted artist can be enjoyed @