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.

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

Video from The J. Paul Getty Museum


Cite this page as: The J. Paul Getty Museum, "The art of making a tapestry," in Smarthistory, May 9, 2017, accessed June 14, 2024,