The most important English tapestry factory, founded in 1619. In 1623 Prince (later King) Charles acquired for the factory Raphael's cartoons for the Acts of the Apostles and many copies were made by the Flemish workers. The tapestries produced at this time rival those made in France and Flanders, but during the Civil War standards declined and later tapestries were of poorer quality. By the 1670s many of the weavers had moved on to other factories and Mortlake finally closed in 1703.
Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.