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Manufacture Jules Pansu, weaver since 1878

Picasso, Miró, Kandinsky and Magritte are all here. Or at least some of their most famous works. 'Dora Mar' welcomes us in the magnificent showroom of the Jules Pansu house. According to Magritte, this is not an apple. Of course, this is a cushion. In fact, everything here is made of thread. Founded in 1878, the Manufacture Jules Pansu is part of the historical heritage of French upholstery. Since 2012, it has been an Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (Living Heritage Company), the heritage label awarded by the State.

In its workshops in Halluin, Flanders, a centre of tapestry making since the Middle Ages, the company combines exceptional expertise, tradition, elegance and modernity. After all, it has the experience of four generations to draw on.

This knowhow was developed from the beginning by the current incumbent's great grandfather, who perfected the technique for making tapestries, both by hand and on Jacquard looms. Handed down from generation to generation from the late 19th century, the company's savoir-faire is now in the hands of two Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (official French recognition for artisans) and the Manufacture Jules Pansu was awarded the EPV label in 2012.

Tradition and elegance, two qualities reflected today in the many contracts with museum boutiques and temporary exhibitions, as well as a major contract with the Puy Du Fou medieval theme park, for which the Manufacture designed and produced 2500 m of fabric for the castle and the Camp du Drap d'Or (the 4th Puy Du Fou-themed hotel).

As for modernity, Eric Pansu, the current director of the family business, tells us how the Manufacture began its venture into reproductions of modern works in 2010, giving today's tapestry a new contemporary boost.

From then the reproductions of paintings accelerated.

The number of artists represented is growing every year and the range of products offered by Jules Pansu is gradually shaping a new perspective on tapestry.

10 September 2015