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Royal Tapestry Factory
Founded in 1721

The Royal Tapestry Factory can boast of 300 years of experience in the production and restoration of rugs, tapestries and Coats of Arms.

  • 1721

    Founded by Philip V of Spain in 1721, the factory soon became a European reference for the production of luxury textiles, thanks to the close collaboration between weavers and painters of such as Mengs, Bayeu or Goya.

  • 1889

    At the end of the 19th century, the urban growth of Madrid led to the relocation of the factory to the outskirts of the city. The site chosen was a land known as the "Olivar y huerta de Atocha” (Atocha’s Olive Grove and Garden), where it is still found.

  • 1996

    In 1996, the factory became known as the Royal Tapestry Factory Foundation. It is aimed at the preservation of craftmanship, the conservation and restoration of Spain’s textile heritage and the promotion of all cultural activities that contribute to the knowledge of the art of tapestry making.

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Visits and Exhibitions in the Royal Tapestry Factory

Through its guided tour programme, The Royal Tapestry Factory offers the opportunity to see weavers at work in its living museum. In order to keep promoting the understanding and appreciation of textile arts and crafts, temporary exhibitions are organized in our headquarters and other locations.

CLOSED IN AUGUST - GUIDED TOURS FROM THE 03/09/18

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Conferencia “La evolución histórica del escudo de España”

La Real Fábrica de Tapices retoma esta primavera su Ciclo de Conferencias con la intención de continuar con la labor de difusión y puesta en valor de nuestro patrimonio textil y de los oficios, técnicas y saberes relacionados con ello. La primera de [...]

Conferencia «Los fastos de la Iglesia: la colección de tapices de la Catedral de Lleida»

La imponente colección de tapices de la Catedral de Lleida está compuesta por 15 paños tejidos en la edad de oro de la tapicería flamenca (s. XVI).  La doctora Carmen Berlabé, Conservadora del Museu de Lleida y especialista de reconocido prestigio en [...]

Conferencia «A los pies de Su Majestad: alfombras de nudo tejidas para la Corona»

Las alfombras de nudo son una de las especialidades de la Real Fábrica de Tapices desde sus comienzos en el s. XVIII. Los palacios españoles requerían de su presencia por motivos estéticos (decoración) y pragmáticos (aislamiento térmico y acústico). [...]

VIRTUAL TOUR

 

Embark on a virtual tour of the Royal Tapestry Factory’s historic infrastructure.

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