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The Limousin region of Central France, in which the town of Aubusson is found, is famous for its distinctive Limousin cattle. However, Aubusson is best known for something quite different and rather more aesthetic, as it has been an acclaimed producer of wonderful carpets and tapestries since the Middle Ages. If you wish to buy one, this is the place to go. But even if your finances dont run to this, it is well worth a visit anyway to see these beautiful carpets, tapestries and rugs being made and restored. Aubusson itself is a fascinating town surrounded by the lush green countryside of central France.
Aubusson is well-known for its tapestry and carpets, which has been famous throughout the world since the 14th century. Its origins were born with the arrival of weavers from Flanders, who took refuge in Aubusson around 1580. There is a famous collection of aubusson tapestries at Vallon-Pont-dArc. The style of tapestries produced has changed through the centuries, from scenes of green landscapes through to hunting scenes. In the 17th century, the Aubusson and Felletin workshops were given Royal Appointment status. A downturn in fortunes came after the French revolution and the arrival of wallpaper. However, tapestry made something of a comeback during the 1930s, with artists such as Cocteau, Dufy, Dali, Braque, Calder and Picasso being invited to Aubusson to exptress themselves trhough the medium of wool. Aubusson tapestry still thrives today, preserving a range of traditional skills. In 1983, lAtelier Raymond Picaud chose Burham Dogancays Ribbon Series as a tapestry subjects.
Places of Interest:
The tapestry Museum, the Maison du Tapissier is possibly the towns most famous attraction. It is a permanent exhibition that is staged in ancient Creusois house in Aubusson. The interior shows the history and traditions of tapestry as well as showing furniture of the period.
The Vieux Tapissier, which is a 15th Century weavers house that is open to the public and at which it is possible to watch demonstrations of the craft.
Musée Départemental de la Tapisserie was created in 1981 and exhibits nearly 600 years of tapestry creation and production. This rich collection is composed of 17th, 18th and 19th Century tapestries and carpets. It hosts its own collection, as well as staging regular exhibitions of tapestries from around the world.
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