The Art of Making a Tapestry

The Art of Making a Tapestry

Learn how tapestries were made in the time of Louis XIV and are still made today. Explore the process of tapestry weaving at the Gobelins Manufactory in Paris, where historical techniques dating to the time of Louis XIV are used to make contemporary works of art.

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Video chapters:
Introduction – 0:04
Designing a Tapestry – 1:08
Colorful Threads – 2:17
Preparing a Loom – 4:36
Weaving – 6:15

This video was produced in conjunction with the exhibition “Woven Gold: Tapestries of Louis XIV,” on view at the Getty Center, December 15, 2016–May 1, 2016.

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27 thoughts on “The Art of Making a Tapestry”

  1. I recently started weaving and it's very therapeutic to the mind and body. I'm experimenting incorporating macrame techniques and needle work into my weaves. I guess I like string lol. Thanks for the awesome video.

  2. That was extraordinary! So very much work to make one now, and yet, how much easier to make one now than in the Middle Ages: warping by hand, no artificial lighting, getting the materials for the tapestry, and probably infinitely more. Thank you for that lovely video!

  3. Thank you for this great documentary. But why is nowhere mentioned from where this art was inspired? I recall being told in school that the French learned from the Iranian how to weave this kind of complex structures. Correct me if I'm wrong. I think it would be a worthwhile piece of information to include the origin especially if the historic aspect is highlighted so much.

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