Aubusson 20ème
20th century Aubusson

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.

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Arrangement of public space, Memory and destinies of men

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.

Houses, mansions and dwellings

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.

Buildings and public life

Aubusson town hall was built during the 1930s and 1940s, adopting an Art Deco style. Follow the history of its construction, which features a number of twists and turns.

Painting, tapestry and fire arts

This tapestry was commissioned by the State and woven in Aubusson using a Gérard Garouste design. Enter the tapestry through this video and discover the mythological tale of the young weaver, Arachne.

Memory and destinies of men, Sculpture

Built in 1922, the war memorial features a statue created by the famous sculptor, Auguste Lardillier. Find out more about this work of art, as well as the sculptor and artisan founder who created it, by listening to this audio commentary.

Arrangement of public space

This building was established in the early 20th century in order to improve hygiene for the less fortunate and combat the spread of fatal diseases such as tuberculosis. The buildings and their history are presented in this audio commentary.

Buildings and public life, Industrial, artisanal and commercial heritage

The current structure housing Aubusson market was built in 1902, however its pediment was updated featuring an Art Nouveau style in 1926. Find out more about its construction with this audio guide.

Arrangement of public space, Industrial, artisanal and commercial heritage

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.

Houses, mansions and dwellings

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.

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