Aubusson Tapestry

Aubusson Tapestry

Aubusson tapestries are present all over the world. In Creuse, this know-how, which is labelled as UNESCO’s intangible heritage, is revealed during exhibitions or cultural stays.

The tapestry, a living know-how

In addition to the works of art exhibited in the walls of the Cité internationale de la tapisserie d’Aubusson, visitors can discover the entire textile art sector in Creuse, from the sheep to the tapestry !
If the city of Aubusson has remained in the history books, Felletin, its neighbour, was also the driving force behind the fame of this ancestral art. This is where you can visit the Terrade spinning mill. In this company, which is still in business, the raw wool is processed in bales to make yarn and dye in a traditional way. In Creuse, contemporary creation is encouraged in particular by the Cité Internationale de la tapisserie d’Aubusson. In the form of a call for projects, artists are invited to use their imagination to renew this ancestral art.

Tapestry: a flagship of the heritage of Creuse

This international competition marks Aubusson’s reconnection with the art market and contemporary art galleries. These creations, woven in Creuse are exhibited all over the world or in Creuse during events such as the exhibition of the castle church in Felletin.

The art of tapestry has had a profound impact on the appearance of the cities in which artists and craftsmen were settled. This is of course the case of Aubusson; today’s visitor will have a good overview of it in the Terrade district. After the bridge over the Creuse, a visit to the Museum of Tapestry Cartons is a must. In the city centre, the Maison du Tapissier perfectly illustrates six centuries of tapestry history. Accessible to all audiences, especially children from six years old, the tour ends with a demonstration of weaving.

Museums, exhibitions, workshops, spinning mills…

The Aubusson tapestry is in fact a human chain of unique know-how. A chain that is now operated in Aubusson and Felletin by producers, spinners, dyers, workshops, manufacturers, painters, cardboard makers, galleries and, of course, artists…

To pass on and enhance this exceptional woven art, an ambitious project was needed the Cité internationale de la tapisserie: 1200m2 of exhibition to discover the world’s tapestries, from the oldest to the most contemporary, but also a weaving workshop, a business incubator, a workshop to restore tapestries from the National Furniture… An essential site to visit!

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“What always impresses me is the attitude of students in architecture, art, design… during the seminars organized by the Cité: each time the same process, the a priori nerdy fact that they have tapestry, is followed by a surprise, even a craze for this medium of expression with multiple possibilities, inscribed in another relationship with time and in which we immerse ourselves so willingly.”

Emmanuel Gérard, Director of the Cité de la tapisserie
Aubusson Tapestry

Let yourself be seduced

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