When I was at a sale at the pioneer museum I took pictures of the jacquard loom they are getting ready to use. they also have one of the same vintage that is just for display. this may take a few posts to get all the pictures. these are the cards that tell the loom what to do getting sewn together.
This is an overall shot of the loom. the cards are read up top and the mechanism lifts the correct threads for the pattern. Here is a closer look
When we were on holiday in France some years ago, we went into a village shop - a little general dealers - but they had a few tapestries on display. On asking about these, the lady told us her husband made them and promptly led us up through the house to the attic, where he was sitting at an enormous old loom, weaving a large piece. I believe he was an outworker for a larger enterprise.
We felt very priviledged to have chanced on this little shop.
It is very interesting. It changed fabric production when it was invented. I hope its working when I get back there again. they have a video plying beside the loom all about how it was taken apart and cleaned up and put back together.
Your post on the blog reminded me that I took photos at the Science and Industry museum a few weeks ago, they have lots of looms like this with the cards and a whole variety of cotton processing machines. The photos didn't turn out well though, it was too dark