"Manufacture des Gobelins (Pt.1)" Paris Off The Beaten Path Tip by hquittner
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The buildings are the same ones created in the 1660’s by unknown architects. There also is a modern museum and a school of graphic design (called also Gobelins). The av. des Gobelins out front is a WWI widening of the old r. Mouffetard , renamed, extending to the Pl.-d’Italie. The tapestry factory still functions. It was started by a family of scarlet dyers of that name at the existing location on the banks of the Bievre. It was bought by Louis XIV in 1662 to fulfill Colbert’s concept of a new art: interior decoration. It made both furniture and tapestries of all sorts including upholstery. It closed in 1694 when Louis went broke, but reopened 3 years later confining itself to tapestry (mostly royal) competing with rivals at Beauvais. Carpet manufacture was added in 1826 It is now state run. To get ther use Metro Line 7 ; Les Gobelins. Address 42 Av. des Gobelins. The avenue begins 1 block south of St. Medard Church where the r. Mouff. ends at the multi-intersection. The Gobelins is one block south.
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