Royal Tapestry Factory

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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.<ref name="bic">Template:Bien de Interés Cultural</ref>

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.

See also

  • List of Francisco Goya's tapestry cartoons
  • Real Fábrica de Cristales de La Granja