Ateliers Pinton: Keeping the Aubusson-Felletin medium alive through the centuries

Partnering with renowned contemporary artists and using surprising textures and materials to hand-weave breathtaking tapestries, rugs and carpets, Ateliers Pinton has garnered awed respect globally.

Founded in 1867, the Pinton factory has been proudly upholding the Aubusson-Felletin medium of weaving large scale tapestries on horizontal looms. The centuries old Aubusson-Felletin tapestry weaving tradition was declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the UNESCO. Pinton says it’s their “…mission to safeguard these skills and traditions, to promote its cultural heritage and transmit it to future generations.”

Perhaps, one of the most important and historical creations of Pinton is the astonishing tapestry designed by the great British artist Graham Sutherland, named the Christ in Glory. The huge tapestry took 2 arduous years to be completed and hangs in the Coventry Cathedral to this day.

Today, Pinton has broadened their expertise to creating short haired and tufted carpets, as well. Their rugs and tapestries are handmade and use exotic textiles such as leather, vinyl, metal thread, a light reflecting material and even bamboo to craft astonishing pieces of art that seem to be pulsating with life and personality.

In the past, Ateliers Pinton has produced spectacular tapestries, carpets and rugs by collaborating with famous artists like Calder, Leger, Delaunay and Le Corbusier. Most recently, Pinton has partnered with accomplished textile designers Marguerite Le Marie, Ulrika Liljedahl and Thierry Duru to craft rugs that are rich in style and elegance, emanating an ethereal and luxurious aura.

Pinton also lends its expertise in weaving to other artists, designers, decorators and architects for their personal projects.

Ahmed Moustafa, the Egyptian born British artist, has been using the Pinton workshops to create his tapestries for the last 30 years. His latest tapestries, The Devine Bedrock of Human Artistry and Landscape in Due Measure and Proportion, are works of art that reflect mathematical reality by using geometric drawings – all the while capturing Qur’anic texts through his impeccable calligraphy skills. The tapestries were created by the immensely talented craftsmen of Pinton, who used 120 combinations of silk, wool, gold and silver threads to complete the masterpieces.

Other famous artists who have entrusted Pinton with their works of art include Etel Adnan, Ulrika Liljedahl and Claude Saint-CYR among others.

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