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Robert Four

Tapestry and artistic carpets
7 rue Madeleine
23200 Aubusson
Nouvelle Aquitaine

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The tradition of tapestry making in Aubusson dates back to the 15th century.

Chosen for the purity of the waters of the River Creuse, its tapestry trade saw its expansion under Louis XIV, with the founding of the Manufacture Royale in 1664. At that time, Aubusson tapestries were to be found in all of the courts of Europe. The Manufacture Robert Four carries on this tradition and its associated expertise, producing both antique designs, from the 15th to 19th centuries, and contemporary creations. All of its tapestries and rugs are hand woven on low-warp looms, while its Savonnerie rugs are hand tied on high-warp looms. The work always begins with the preparation of the card and the selection of the wool, followed by the hand dying of the wool in the water of the Creuse, on whose purity the dyers of Aubusson built their reputation. One of the unique features of the Manufacture Robert Four has to do with its faiseurs de chair (lit. makers of flesh), master weavers capable of weaving highly realistic portraits in wool and silk, gold or silver thread.