In Aubusson, weavers use horizontal looms or “basse lisse” looms : this technique involves weaving on the rear side of the tapestry-in-the-making.

Weavers are artistic tradesmen/women whose task is to carry out projects thought up by artists. A great amount of skill is required . Jean Cocteau used to refer to weavers as “harpists”, juggling between the art of “textile translation” and the art of colours.

Many famous artists came to work in Aubusson : Dom Robert, Braque, Picasso, Le Corbusier, Léger, Cocteau, Lurçat, Vasarely, Kandinsky, Caldre, Dufy, Toffoli, Folon, the Delaunays, Garouste, Castelbajac, Zadkine, Pifarretti, Sarkis, Mosset, Stella, Bertrand Clément, Opalka… to name a few.

The brand new Cité de la Tapisserie: International Tapestry Centre

The City of Tapestry opened in 2016. It greatly contributes to the revival of Aubusson tapestry. Various Aubusson productions are exhibited here. The venue, which is also a wonderful workplace for young artists, is located in Aubusson's old Decorative Arts School. 

www.cite-tapisserie.fr

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