Musée des Tissus et des Arts décoratifs
On February 17, 2016

The Musée des Tissus et des Arts décoratifs is a museum in the city of Lyon, France. Located in two XVIIIth century hôtels particuliers of Lyon's 2nd arrondissement, the institution consists in two distinct museums although they are administered as one : the Musée des Tissus (Museum of Textiles) and the Musée des arts décoratifs (Decorative Arts Museum).

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Founded in 1864, the musée des Tissus et des Arts décoratifs houses one of the largest international collection of textiles, the holdings amounting to 2,500,000 units. The collection spans a 4,000 years period, from Antiquity to present, and covers a wide range of techniques and all the geographical areas of the world. The history of Lyon'silk industry is particularly well represented in the collection. The musée des Arts Décoratifs holds works in many different fields : furniture, majolica, drawings, jewelry, painting, sculpture etc.
Furthermore it provides the profound history of the Lyon silk trade going back to the Renaissance period. Rare Persian rugs, Coptic tapestries and silk from Spain and Italy. In the museum of decorative arts, the visitors were invited into the home of a wealthy 18th century family. It offers one of the richest collections of decorative objects and exhibits fine collections of 15th and 16th century Italian Majolica, Middle Ages and Renaissance tapestries and a collection of clocks. The museum also welcomes contemporary creations and displays silverwares, from the 60's to the present day.