Royal Tapestry Factory

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Royal Tapestry Factory
Native name
Spanish: Real Fábrica de Tapices
Real Fábrica de Tapices (Madrid) 01.jpg
Location Madrid, Spain
Coordinates 40°24′22″N 3°40′57″W / 40.406069°N 3.682483°W / 40.406069; -3.682483Coordinates: 40°24′22″N 3°40′57″W / 40.406069°N 3.682483°W / 40.406069; -3.682483
Official name: Real Fábrica de Tapices
Type Non-movable
Criteria Monument
Designated 2006[1]
Reference no. RI-51-0011608
Royal Tapestry Factory is located in Spain
Royal Tapestry Factory
Location of Royal Tapestry Factory in Spain

The Royal Tapestry Factory (Spanish: Real Fábrica de Tapices de Santa Bárbara) is a manufacturing plant located in Madrid, Spain, which was founded in 1720.

The factory was founded by Philip V after Spain lost its Belgian territories, and their tapestry workshops, as a result of the Peace of Utrecht. The project was one of a number of mercantilist initiatives undertaken in the eighteenth century in the Madrid area to supply luxury goods. The factory, which has occupied its present site since the nineteenth century, still produces traditional tapestries and carpets. The nineteenth century building is itself is of historical interest. It was declared Bien de Interés Cultural in 2006.[1]

While still in his 20's the painter Francisco Goya was commissioned to provide a number of designs for tapestries to hang in the San Lorenzo de El Escorial and El Pardo palaces.[2]

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