Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Gobelin, Jehan (d. 1476), the first of a family of dyers, came to Paris about 1450, and there made a fortune. He built a house which was called La Folie Gobelin by people who thought his extravagance would ruin him. The family, however, continued to flourish, and in the 17th century began the making of that tapestry which has made their name famous. In 1662 the establishment was purchased by the Crown, and it is, still carried, on.