Did you know that Brussels tapestries were internationally famous for their outstanding quality?
During the reign of Charles V, tapestry production flourished here and the product became a luxury item. No less than a third of the Brussels population was involved, directly or indirectly, in the production and sale of tapestries. Famous painters produced the designs. It was possible to choose not only wool but also silk and even gold thread for weaving the tapestries, making them even more expensive.
In 1528 Charles V decided to issue an edict obliging all Brussels weaving workshops to apply a weaver’s monogram and a mark indicating that the tapestry was made in Brussels. This was intended to safeguard the quality of these Brussels luxury goods. We can see such a mark on the Bank’s tapestry.
If you would like to know more about tapestry production in the days of Charles V, then visit the National Bank’s museum before 27 August.
The last piece of the tapestry puzzle will appear on 24 August.