Villa Châteaufavier lies within Aubusson in the French region of Creuse and, unique for Europe, is a creative space for professionals in the field of textile arts.
A Wellspring of Textile Design
Situated in the heart of the Aubusson-Felletin area, Villa Châteaufavier is a place meant to welcome and accompany creators, designers, and other artistic professionals throughout the creative and financial development of their textile or woven art-related projects. Villa Châteaufavier, with its panoramic views of nature, is a heritage building entirely repurposed by the CCI de la Creuse (Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Creuse) that offers its tenants personalized support and a variety of shared services.
Born out of a collective initiative between public and private entities and nearby to the Cité internationale de la tapisserie (International House of Tapestry and Woven Art), Villa Châteaufavier is an integral part of the ecosystem of the local textile industry. Whether you are a young creative, a project creator, a professional in the design world, an artist, or an artisan, Villa Châteaufavier’s doors are open to you.
Aubusson tapestry is a centuries-old tradition stemming from the region and its collective expertise. Hand-woven on a low-warp loom (basse-lisse), Aubusson tapestry is unparalleled when it comes to the quality of its material and the vibrancy of its colors. This is the result of precise maneuvers and technical processes developed by the craftspeople of Aubusson and the greater Creuse area over six centuries ago. From spinning and dyeing to creating tapestries, rugs, and carpets, Aubusson tapestry is the product of a multidisciplinary artistic practice and has been classified since 2009 as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Aubusson tapestry, with its dynamic local industry, carries on its historic legacy through contemporary production and the incorporation of new talents. Today, joining Villa Châteaufavier means taking part in an adventure that is both highly creative and distinctly human.
A Dynamic Network
The historical and creative setting of Aubusson-Felletin provides an ecosystem conducive to developing activities and businesses related to the textile arts. Moreover, the area is home to myriad artistic, cultural, and entrepreneurial entities with ties to textile and woven arts, all of whom come together to forge the region’s strong and dynamic economy.
Joining Villa Châteaufavier therefore means not only becoming a part of a solid network of public and private partners, but also gaining access to abundant support for creating your project. Whether it’s a question of starting a company, gaining visibility, or setting up in the area, tenants can count on the team of professionals at Villa Châteaufavier to help promote their craft and bring their projects to life. Villa Châteaufavier is more than just a place: it’s an entire community by your side.