The Gobelins were a family of dyers who, in the middle of the 15th century, established a factory in Paris. To the dye-works there was added a manufactory of Gobelins tapestry in the 16th century. It rivalled the Beauvais tapestry until the French Revolution in the late 18th century, when work at the factory was suspended until 1826. The Gobelins Factory is still in operation today as a state-run institution.

A ROYAL GOBELINS TAPESTRY CIRCA 1820-1824. (Christies 9 October 2013)