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Historic weaving revived in Madrid
The centuries-old Royal Tapestry Factory in Spain has come back from the brink of bankruptcy, continuing its tradition of hand-weaving silk, wool and gold and silver thread in a process that has barely changed since the 18th century.
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October 13, 2016
Marta Soria, 34, checks her work on a mirror as she hand-weaves a tapestry on a centuries-old loom at...
Madrid, Spain
The Wider Image: Historic weaving revived in Madrid
Marta Soria, 34, checks her work on a mirror as she hand-weaves a tapestry on a centuries-old loom at the Royal Tapestry Factory in Madrid, Spain. A centuries-old tapestry factory in Spain has come back from the brink of bankruptcy after an injection of public money, a debt restructuring plan and its biggest order in 200 years - a German commission for dozens of tapestries.

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October 13, 2016
An artisan repairs a tapestry at the Royal Tapestry Factory. The turnaround of the 296-year-old Royal...
Madrid, Spain
The Wider Image: Historic weaving revived in Madrid
An artisan repairs a tapestry at the Royal Tapestry Factory. The turnaround of the 296-year-old Royal Tapestry Factory in Madrid is a rare bright spot for Spanish companies facing insolvency. Nearly 50,000 businesses have entered administration since the start of the country's economic downturn in 2008.

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October 13, 2016
An artisan repairs a rug at the Royal Tapestry Factory. The market for hand-woven tapestries and rugs...
Madrid, Spain
The Wider Image: Historic weaving revived in Madrid
An artisan repairs a rug at the Royal Tapestry Factory. The market for hand-woven tapestries and rugs plummeted during Spain's financial crisis, with key clients like the government crippled by spending cuts.

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October 13, 2016
An artisan repairs a tapestry at the Royal Tapestry Factory. Just one square metre costs thousands of...
Madrid, Spain
The Wider Image: Historic weaving revived in Madrid
An artisan repairs a tapestry at the Royal Tapestry Factory. Just one square metre costs thousands of euros and months of skilled work to weave, depending on the amount of silk, wool and gold and silver thread used in a process that has barely changed since the 18th century.

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October 13, 2016
An artisan works on a design at the Royal Tapestry Factory. Twenty years ago the factory changed status...
Madrid, Spain
The Wider Image: Historic weaving revived in Madrid
An artisan works on a design at the Royal Tapestry Factory. Twenty years ago the factory changed status from private business to foundation in the hope of preserving the craft. But years of losses pushed it close to going into administration last year.

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October 13, 2016
Marta Soria, 34, hand-weaves a tapestry on a centuries-old loom at the Royal Tapestry Factory. "It was...
Madrid, Spain
The Wider Image: Historic weaving revived in Madrid
Marta Soria, 34, hand-weaves a tapestry on a centuries-old loom at the Royal Tapestry Factory. "It was now or never," said Maria Pardo, a Madrid city council official who announced, together with the regional government and the Ministry of Culture, an increase in annual subsidies to 1.5 million euros ($1.7 million) next year from 900,000 euros this year. Prior to 2015, the factory barely received any public money.

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October 13, 2016
Skeins are stocked at the Royal Tapestry Factory. The cash enabled the factory, which restores historical...
Madrid, Spain
The Wider Image: Historic weaving revived in Madrid
Skeins are stocked at the Royal Tapestry Factory. The cash enabled the factory, which restores historical pieces as well as taking on new orders, to cover delayed salary payments. A restructuring of bank debt and a focus on international sales have also helped turn around the business.

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October 13, 2016
An artisan repairs a rug at the Royal Tapestry Factory. The German regional government of Saxony has...
Madrid, Spain
The Wider Image: Historic weaving revived in Madrid
An artisan repairs a rug at the Royal Tapestry Factory. The German regional government of Saxony has recently commissioned 32 tapestries, the factory's biggest order in the last two centuries.

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October 13, 2016
An image of a Spanish painter Francisco de Goya's tapestry cartoons is seen at the Royal Tapestry Factory....
Madrid, Spain
The Wider Image: Historic weaving revived in Madrid
An image of a Spanish painter Francisco de Goya's tapestry cartoons is seen at the Royal Tapestry Factory. The revived company, which holds a priceless collection of tapestry templates by Spanish artists such as Francisco de Goya, has increased staff this year to 60 from 36 to deal with new orders.

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October 13, 2016
Artisans unfold a repostero (applique) at the Royal Tapestry Factory.

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Madrid, Spain
The Wider Image: Historic weaving revived in Madrid
Artisans unfold a repostero (applique) at the Royal Tapestry Factory.

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October 13, 2016
Jose Antonio "Pepe" Carbajal, 59, hand-weaves a tapestry on a centuries-old loom next to his co-worker...
Madrid, Spain
The Wider Image: Historic weaving revived in Madrid
Jose Antonio "Pepe" Carbajal, 59, hand-weaves a tapestry on a centuries-old loom next to his co-worker Cristina Hurtado, 33, at the Royal Tapestry Factory. Long-standing staff went unpaid for months last year while the factory's future hung in the balance. "We struggled a lot. I own my home but there were people who had mortgages and they suffered even more," said Jose Antonio Carbajal, 59, pushing down the silk threads of a soaring 21 square metre (69 square foot) tapestry of the 1982 Sabra and Shatila massacre in Beirut commissioned by a Lebanese client. It is expected to take three years to complete.

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October 13, 2016
Visitors watch as artisans use a spinning wheel to make a spindle of combined colours for their tapestry...
Madrid, Spain
The Wider Image: Historic weaving revived in Madrid
Visitors watch as artisans use a spinning wheel to make a spindle of combined colours for their tapestry at the Royal Tapestry Factory. For now Carbajal, who has worked at the factory for over four decades, remains hopeful that his job is secure, alongside dozens of staff painstakingly working yarn in a hundred-year-old listed red brick building in the centre of Madrid.

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October 13, 2016
An image of a Spanish painter Francisco de Goya's tapestry cartoons hangs from the men's restroom at...
Madrid, Spain
The Wider Image: Historic weaving revived in Madrid
An image of a Spanish painter Francisco de Goya's tapestry cartoons hangs from the men's restroom at the Royal Tapestry Factory. REUTERS/Susana Vera
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October 13, 2016
The morning sun bathes the Royal Tapestry Factory. REUTERS/Susana Vera
Madrid, Spain
The Wider Image: Historic weaving revived in Madrid
The morning sun bathes the Royal Tapestry Factory. REUTERS/Susana Vera
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