Real Fábrica de Tapices

Real Fábrica de Tapices information

Madrid , Spain
Calle de Fuenterrabía 2
+34 91 434 05 50
Getting there
Metro: Atocha Renfe, Menéndez Pelayo
More information
adult/child €4/3
Opening hours
10am-2pm Mon-Fri Sep-Jul, guided tours every half-hour
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If a wealthy Madrid nobleman wanted to impress, he came here to the Real Fábrica de Tapices (Royal Tapestry Workshop), where royalty commissioned the pieces that adorned their palaces and private residences. The Spanish government, Spanish royal family and the Vatican were the biggest patrons of the tapestry business: Spain alone is said to have collected four million tapestries. With such an exclusive clientele, it was a lucrative business and remains so, 300 years after the factory was founded.

Goya began his career here, first as a cartoonist and later as a tapestry designer. Given such an illustrious history, it is, therefore, somewhat surprising that coming here today feels like visiting a carpet shop, with small showrooms strewn with fine tapestries. There is a permanent exhibition on show and a sales area. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to see how they’re made.