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Founded in 1720, this institution located on the Paseo del Arte (The Art Walk) in a neomudéjar building, is dedicated to artisan production of tapestries, carpets and coats of arms. The tapestries and carpets made by the Real fábrica can be seen in all of the palaces of the Spanish Crown: Palacio Real, Palacio del Pardo, Palacio de la Granja de San Ildefonso, Palacio de Aranjuez, Palacio de Riofrío, Reales Alcázares, Palacio de Pedralbes, and numerous other national and international institutions.
The Royal Tapestry Factory (Real Fábrica de Tapices) exhibits an important collection of carpets and tapestries made by the company and works in deposit. The works that make up the collection come from important cultural institutions such as the National Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Decorative Arts. Among them is the series of tapestries The Acts of the Apostles (Los hechos de los Apóstoles), woven in Flanders in the 17th century according to the cartoons of Rafael Sanzio.
The Royal Factory also exhibits some of the textile pieces made in the factory itself, designed by the most important painters in the history of the Factory (Goya, Teniers, Juan Gris, Pérez Villalta, etc).
As a complement to the collection of tapestries and carpets, the main handcrafted work tools are exhibited, such as historical looms, spinning wheels, winders and various cardboards from its graphic archive.
Guided tour program
Through its programme of guided tours, The Royal Tapestry Factory offers the possibility of seeing the work of the weavers in its living museum.
The ancient workshops of La Real Fábrica de Tapices (the Royal Tapestry Factory) allow the spectator to immerse himself in an atmosphere from another era and discover anecdotes and curiosities about the ancient craft of hand weaving.