Dyeing Workshop

From Michel-Eugene Chevreul to the present day

By Mobilier National, Manufacture des Gobelins, de Beauvais, de la Savonnerie

In 1447, Jehan Gobelin founded a highly successful dyeing workshop on the banks of the river Bièvre. 

Atelier de teinture, peséeMobilier National, Manufacture des Gobelins, de Beauvais, de la Savonnerie

In 1665, the workshop took the name of "dyer of the House of Gobelins" and supplied coloured wool to the royal manufacturers of Crown Furniture.

Chevreul dans son laboratoireMobilier National, Manufacture des Gobelins, de Beauvais, de la Savonnerie

In the 19th century, the workshop was run by the chemist Michel-Eugene Chevreul, who invented the famous chromatic circle, creating a true “grammar” for colour.

Cercle chromatique de ChevreulMobilier National, Manufacture des Gobelins, de Beauvais, de la Savonnerie

The workshop is still in operation, dyeing to order the colours needed for the textiles produced by Les Gobelins, Beauvais and La Savonnerie, ...

... as well as for the carpet and tapestry restoration workshops.

Restauration de tapisMobilier National, Manufacture des Gobelins, de Beauvais, de la Savonnerie

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