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About Jacquard Looms

Today, most high quality tapestry reproduction is currently woven on jacquard looms. The computer guided looms are perfect to reproduce detail and allow for the many colors required for the elegant motifs of today's popular wall hangings. The Jacquard Loom, a weaving machine invented in 1801 by Joseph-Marie Jacquard, used the first punched data cards, invented before there were any computers in the world. These data cards were the “program” that ran the loom. The cards were carried in linked chains, and they controlled the weaving pattern by influencing the position of the needles. Small sensing pins detected the presence or absence of holes in the cards, and determined whether or not a needle would pick up a thread.

On seeing Jacquard's punched card system, the mathematician Charles Babbage was inspired to use the same principles to design a mechanical calculating machine, the forerunner of modern computers, that he called the “Analytical Engine”.

200 years later, the inventions of Jacquard and Babbage led the world to the modern day computer which, among an almost infinite and growing number of uses, guides the jacquard loom in reproducing tapestries of exquisite detail.



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