in Oudenaarde, the tapestry has developed since the last decades of the 14th century. This industry has given Oudenaarde an interregional and even international dimension. The city has become one of the most important tapestry centers in Flanders, in addition to Arras (F), Tournai, Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges. Oudenaarde tapestries had a great outlet: they were exported all over Western Europe.
The first mention in the tapestry archives at Oudenaarde dates back to 1368. However, the profession only experienced its real boom from the 15th century: a charter of the guild of Saint Barbara (1441) mentions the association of upholsterers. In the 16th century, the production of tapestries in Oudenaarde reached its peak. The works of this period, produced in large quantities, were of very high quality and presented a very wide variety. The city therefore quickly passed the promulgation of Charles V's general ordinance on the tapestry (dating from May 16, 1544), in which, among other things, a central place was given to the management of the quality.
From then on, it was compulsory to weave a city mark and a registered weaver's mark in the border of the tapestries, so that the origin is indisputable The oldest tapestries preserved until now date from the first half of the 16th century.
As a result of the religious troubles of the early 17th century, a large number of Oenard weavers left the city to settle abroad. Even after the restoration of the Spanish regime, the tapestry from Audenard was unable to regain its momentum. However, documents show that a considerable amount of tapestries were still produced there.
In Oudenaarde, tapestries were woven until the end of the 18th century, although the number of merchants declined continuously, and the city faced competition from France, due to changes in taste and fashion.
this one represents the story of Tobie who had to go for his father to the country of the medes and met a man who was in fact raphael the archangelo he helped him to cure his father from cecity ad to meet his wife who he delivered from the demon
330cm/305 period : around 1600.