Manufacture Nationale des Gobelins, Paris

Specializing in large tapestry weaving, Les Gobelins has produced fine tapestries, rugs, and upholstery fabric since the 1600s.  Beginning as a dye factory situated on a now underground river in Paris, Les Gobelins completed many fine weavings for royalty, including Louis XIV.  At one point it became the royal tapestry factory, and is now under the oversight of the French government.  The looms they continue to use date from the late 1800s, and it takes 4-6 years of apprenticeship before being hired as a weaver.