Learn about Aubusson Tapestries

Aubusson tapestries originated between the towns of Clermont-Ferrand and Limoges in a group of French tapestry workshops that developed from the 14th century, created by the arrival of weavers from Flanders. The finest and most famous tapestries were decorated with illustrations drawn from the fables of French poet Jean de La Fontaine, from historical etchings and of seascapes from the school of painter Claude Joseph Vernet. In the 19th century production of tapestries in the 17th and 18th century style restarted. In 1939 a new production unit opened, with the patterns based on designs provided by contemporary artists such as Salvadore Dali, Jean Lurcat, Lucien Coutaud, Raoul Dufy, Pablo Picasso, and Marc Saint Saens. The British artist, Graham Sutherland, designed an Aubusson tapestry for Coventry Cathedral, which at the time was the world's largest vertical tapestry. The Aubusson tapestry workshops continue operating to the present time, and in 2009 were placed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
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A fine large wool Aubusson carpet, the traditional tapestry weave carpet in pleasing pastel tones with an oval guilloche foliate border enclosing a lattice weave design and a central rosette, ribbons and floral cartouches to spandrels and borders of floral

A French Aubusson style carpet, 20th century, of formal floral design on pale cream ground, 608 x 330 cm

A large Aubusson Italian tapestry rug in repeated rows pattern design 178 x 269 cm

Aubusson style rug, Aubusson style rug of woven wool, with floral pattern in shades of brown and cream accented with pink, retains purchase label. 269 x 366 cm.

A French late 19th century Aubusson rug, the beige field centred by a floral bouquet, framed by scrolling leaf spandrels. Width 170 cm. Height 180 cm

A fine Aubusson tapestry carpet, French, early 19th century 468 x 416 cm woven with a central floret surrounded florets on a faun ground, and within a red and brown-banded border. 468 cm x 416 cm