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Royal Tapestry Factory, Madrid
At this factory, founded nearly 300 years ago by Philip V and located a short walk southeast of Atocha railway station, the age-old process of making exquisite (and very expensive) tapestries is still carried on with consummate skill. Nearly every tapestry is based on a cartoon of Goya, who was the factory's most famous employee. Many of these patterns, such as The Pottery Salesman, are still in production today. (Goya's original drawings are in the Prado.) Some of the other designs are based on cartoons by Francisco Bayeu, Goya's brother-in-law.