The "20th century Aubusson" tour invites you to discover the impressive modern architecture of Aubusson. Art Deco, Art Nouveau and eclectic-style structures are a testament to the artistic influences brought to Aubusson by the tapestry industry, which continues to thrive in the 20th century.
Formerly known as the Place de Bat, the Place de Espagne was a major crossroads in Aubusson in the medieval era. The Caisse d’Epargne, a fine example of Art Nouveau architecture was built in a position set back from the square. Discover these two key features of the town centre of Aubusson through this video.
François Denhaut was a unique inventor who was born in the town of Aubusson. Through his construction of this building, he created a kind of catalogue of expertise. Listen to this audio commentary to find out more about the architecture of this early 20th century building and the history of its maker.
The history of Rue Saint Jean is closely linked to that of the Sallandrouze family, who commissioned the construction of several carpet factories and impressive employer lodgings. Discover two of the large manor houses, generally known as "châteaux", located in this street alongside the most recent buildings of the Sallandrouze factories which are still in existence today.
The manor house known as "Château Saint Jean" is the former employer’s lodging of the Sallandrouze family. This video will introduce you to the detailed architecture of this building which boasts a sense of freedom and strong Art Nouveau influences, and lead you to discover the chapel of Saint Jean which can be found just a little further up the street.
Aubusson tapestry making experienced significant changes in the interwar period, at the instigation of the Ecole Nationale d’Art Décoratif d’Aubusson and a variety of artists. Follow the different stages of artisanal and artistic development, with Bruno Ythier, conservator at the Musée de la Tapisserie in Aubusson, as your guide.