As more storms hit south-east France, Oct 6, the people of Aubusson, in the department of Creuse, were still battling with the floods that had done severe damage to their most important trade - the carpet industry.
TV. Of swollen River Creuse through Aubusson.
LV. Flooded street.
SV. Men in street, sandbags and flood water.
LV. Crane clearing debris into lorry.
SV. Flood water past sandbagged shop front.
GV.PAN. INT. of damaged tapestry works.
CU. Damaged tapestry.
LV. Damaged bobbins and materials on shelves.
SCU.PAN. Up ditto.
SV. Women picking up various bobbins.
SV. Bobbins carried through works.
STV. Swollen river and damaged road.
CU.PAN. Up damaged road.
GV. Street and damaged roadway.
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Background: As more storms hit south-east France, Oct 6, the people of Aubusson, in the department of Creuse, were still battling with the floods that had done severe damage to their most important trade - the carpet industry.
Flood water from the River Creuse - a secondary tributary of the Loire - filled the streets of Aubusson and inundated workshops and factories, playing havoc with looms and weaving material. Many valuable carpets were destroyed, all kinds of equipment damaged, months of hard work rendered useless.
Thousands of workers are employed in the carpet industry at Aubusson, where a high artistic standard is maintained by a national school of decorative arts, founded in 1869. The industry goes back at least as far as 1531. Beauvais tapestries and Gobelins are still made on hand-looms.