There are some places so steeped in history and beauty that they simply cannot go unnoticed, and Carré Rive Gauche, at the strategic heart of Paris’ 6th and 7th arrondissement, is one such place. The generations of antique dealers and gallery owners who have chosen to set up shop there are proof of its allure. Each and every one of them, in their own way, have showered their love on this part of town, adding to its shine along the way. Carré Rive Gauche today represents art in all its diversity, offering its visitors a voyage through 7,000 years of art history.
Art buffs and collectors regularly visit Carré Rive Gauche to hunt for exquisite and valuable antiques in one of the most famous antique areas in Paris. The organization Carré Rive Gauche offers a trail of different art and antique galleries led by passionate individuals keen to tell you the story of the pieces. A total of 111 art and antique galleries can be found within the Carré Rive Gauche, all situated between the prestigious streets Rue du Bac, Rue de l’Université, and Rue des Saints-Pères, and Quai Voltaire and the Seine. Many are experts who deal in specific fields, ranging from furniture, paintings, and sculptures, to everyday items covering many styles and fashions from several centuries.
The storefront of the dealers belonging to the association, is highlighted by a small, blue square banner. Such is the prestige of the area that prominent collectors and museum curators are known to comb it for possible finds of great value. Forty years since its foundation back in 1977, Carré Rive Gauche hasn’t lost any of the ardour and charm of its youth. Staying true to its values and traditions, Carré Rive Gauche never ceases to amaze while it continues to take new chances by offering an exceptional panoramic view of decorative arts. The proximity with the Musée du Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs helps maintain strong bonds with the antique dealers and the great French and foreign museums.
Whether you are a serious buyer or are just curious to see what is being sold, a visit to the area’s shops is a richly rewarding experience. As well as the antique stores, Carré Rive Gauche hosts exhibitions throughout the year and antique fairs in the spring.