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Caen was one of the major centres of the Bayeux lacemaking area. Three types of lace were produced there from the early 19th century under the management of Auguste Lefebure:
- the original blonde de Caen, with its sprinkling of point d'esprit in the cobwebby ground, and the suggestion of curved petals of shiny white silk along the border
- blonde mate (as in matt, a smooth close texture) in the Spanish style, made from 1829
- the grillé blanc (French meaning a mesh or grill, half stitch), a form of white Chantilly lace, fashionable 1800-1820, with a fond simple ground, with floral sprays worked in half stitch, using silk or flax.
From 1850s, mainly black lace was produced.