The story of six centuries of production

It is not clear how or when tapestry first came to La Marche, in the region of Aubusson and Felletin. Its origin has long been attributed to the Arab world, with some people linking it to the ancient legend of a Saracen troop, lost after the war of 732, when Charles Martel managed to halt the advance of the Arabs on the North.

Other writers, such as George Sand, expounded the theory that at the end of the 15th century, when the Ottoman Sultan Cem was exiled to Bourganeuf (40 km from Aubusson) he brought Turkish weaver workshops with him.

Yet another theory attributes the presence of tapestry to the alliances formed between Flemish families and the nobles of La Marche, as they apparently brought weavers from Arras or Hainaut to Aubusson and Felletin during the 14th and 15th centuries.

Furthermore, writings dating back to 1457 in Felletin point to the conclusion that a previously established local industry of making woollen cloth and blankets could have lead the village to specialise in tapestry making.