A woman in a tank top and denim shorts, sits before a large unfinished tapestry, holding threads as she weaves.

To see a tapestry up close is to experience the hands-on nature of its making. The art of tapestry weaving reached new heights in France in the 17th century, when Louis XIV set up the Royal Tapestry Manufactory at the Gobelins outside Paris, a place that still exists today.

Go behind the scenes with the making of this traditional art form in this video, which demonstrates why a finished tapestry is a celebration, honoring a work of art and the people who created it.