I was agreably surprised discovering how beautifully this exit has been decorated. The colourful tiles are so attracting that I looked all around and noticed the splendid tapestry... then I imagined I was climbing the Social Escalator.
For over six centuries, Belgian tapestry has been a highly prized luxury craft. Tapestry designs involve weaver and artists working closely together. Painters including Rubens, produced drawings for a series of weavings of six or more on grand themes. Prized by the nobility, tapestries were portable and could be moved with the court as rulers traveled their estates. As trade grew, techniques were refined; real gold and silver were threaded into the fine wool, again increasing the value. Classical myths were popular themes for tapestry series. (Source: Belgian Tourist Office)