Aubusson tapestries are named after a town on the Creuse River in Central France. The origin of these luxurious creations began with the arrival of weavers from Flanders who took refuge in Aubusson around 1580. In the 17th century, Aubusson tapestry workshops received “Royal Appointment” status. Tapestries were made specifically for the rich, royalty, aristocrats, and bishops. They warmed up as well as added color to palaces and manor houses of the wealthy proving to be status symbols designed to impress with its carefully crafted depictions of grand houses, knightly themes, mythical beasts, legends and life in France. The skilled weavers who created these masterworks, competed with the royal manufacturer of Gobelins tapestry and Beauvais tapestry workshop (which was of second importance, after Gobelins tapestry, of the French tapestry workshops).