350 years after the Manufacture Royale d’Aubusson, the wonderful skills of the Aubusson tapestry makers have found a new setting with the opening of La Cité Internationale de la Tapisserie in the former Aubusson National School of Decorative Art, which has been fully restored as a functional and colourful space.
Located halfway between Limoges in the west and Clermont-Ferrand in the east (a 1.5 hour drive from both cities), Aubusson is the only site in the world where all the professions that contribute to the making of a tapestry coexist, from the wool producer to the retailer.
Aubusson tapestry tells the story of six centuries of production, patience, humility and creativity, from the anonymous artists of the 15th century to the famous Braque, Le Corbusier, Lurçat, Toffoli and Texier, who made this town the capital of low-warp tapestry.
A whole chain of professions is represented here: spinner, dyer, weaver, restorer.
La Cité brings together a documentation centre, training area, platform for contemporary creation and weavers’ workshops.
The tapestries are presented in an original set-up, inspired by the techniques of theatre set design, staged in three dedicated areas, the world tapestry room, the hands of Aubusson room and the hangings nave.
The opening is an invitation to discover or rediscover this part of Limousin, staying on site in the heart of the historic quarter of La Terrade, for example, or treating yourself to a wellness weekend in a plush countryside cocoon.
Cité Internationale de la Tapisserie
Rue des Arts