LE MOBILIER NATIONAL
The Mobilier national equips all buildings and residences of the French Republic, since its creation in 1604 by Henry IV of France. 7 workshops all over France – specialized in tapestry, rugs, upholstered furniture, carpentry, cabinet making and bronze chandeliers – are in charge of preserving the 130 000 items furniture and textiles. The research and creation institute (ARC) is in charge of incorporating design in of cials premises. Close to the Mobilier national, since 1662, the Manufacture des Gobelins has brought together Parisian workshops which have made it a benchmark for tapestry since 1826. The various workshops revolve around the former homes of Charles Le Brun, rst director of the manufacture, the Colbert courtyard and its deconsecrated chapel which today house heritage tapestries and works by contemporary artists, as well as the dye workshop, still in operation. The whole is closed by the «Gobelins» gallery : a facade which mixes caryatids, bas- relief and medallions in tribute to the weaving trades.