Maker’s mark



In Brussels the marking of tapestries with city and workshop marks was made compulsory in 1528. These marks were “the initial letters of the name of the weaving centre, workshop and master, or marks of smaller size”. For instance: City of Brussels, Brussels Workshop, Mechlen, Oudenaarde, Paris, Tournai, or the new Brussels workshop mark from the the 17th century. Generally speaking, the city mark was woven into the outer edge of the lower horizontal border, … that of the workshop into the outermost edge of the border on the right hand side. The practice of marking tapestries was later adopted by other Flemish and French workshops as well.