After the Belgian chocolate and the Belgian French fries, Belgian Lace is a very well known product from Belgium. The chocolate and the French fries will be found at almost every street corner, but the Belgian lace is much harder to find. It can be found in Bruges, Ghent, around Aalst, in Brussels and in Antwerp.
In the region of Aalst the so called needle lace is still manufactured. It is sometimes called Renaissance or Brussels lace as it is mostly sold in Brussels. The bobbin lace is a speciality of Bruges. This is a very expensive Belgian lace to make and is no longer manufactured for commercial reasons. Be aware that much of the lace that you will find in the above centers is nowadays imported from Asia.
In Flanders "Lace" is called "Kant" or "Kantwerk". In Wallonia it is called "Dentelle".
A first look on the Belgian map below will show only 15 or so points for Belgian lace, but when you zoom in on Bruges for example, you will find about 15 shops in one or two adjacent streets.
|Belgian Lace||WGS 84|
|1||t Kantklosje, Lichtaart||632089||5676662||31||51.226038||4.891705|
|2||Lady with Unicorn, Antwerp||597921||5675285||31||51.220546||4.402178|
|3||Antwerps Kantwinkeltje, Antwerp||597781||5675260||31||51.220345||4.400167|
|4||Galerie aan Petro Paulo Rubens, Antwerp||597847||5675121||31||51.219084||4.401074|
|5||Dupont Kanthuis, Antwerp||598394||5674862||31||51.216662||4.408833|
|6||t Apostelientje, Bruges||516318||5673518||31||51.212823||3.233621|
|7||Lace Center Exhibition, Bruges||516345||5673454||31||51.212247||3.234005|
|8||Lace Jewel, Bruges||515752||5673141||31||51.209449||3.225502|
|10||J Cromheecke, Bruges||515699||5673133||31||51.209379||3.224743|
|11||The Little Lace Shop, Bruges||515640||5673094||31||51.209030||3.223896|
|14||K Pickery, Bruges||515789||5673044||31||51.208576||3.226027|
|15||Lace Paradise, Bruges||515789||5673044||31||51.208576||3.226027|
|16||The Lace Garden, Bruges||515761||5673037||31||51.208514||3.225626|
|17||t' Kanthuisje, Bruges||515758||5673035||31||51.208496||3.225583|
|18||Lace Art Gallery, Bruges||515734||5673032||31||51.208469||3.225239|
|20||A Pickery, Bruges||515917||5672980||31||51.207997||3.227857|
|22||Flanders Lace BVBA, Bruges||515804||5672926||31||51.207514||3.226237|
|23||Point De Rose BVBA, Bruges||515826||5672903||31||51.207307||3.226550|
|24||The Lace Garden, Bruges||515839||5672889||31||51.207181||3.226736|
|25||Van de Cappelle, Bruges||515866||5672864||31||51.206955||3.227121|
|26||Lace Gallery BVBA, Bruges||515495||5672804||31||51.206426||3.221808|
|27||Gruuthuse Lace BVBA, Bruges||515745||5672727||31||51.205727||3.225383|
|29||Oud St-Jan, Bruges||515702||5672496||31||51.203651||3.224758|
|31||Katelijne Lace Shop, Bruges||515732||5672437||31||51.203119||3.225184|
|32||Melissa BVBA, Bruges||515732||5672434||31||51.203092||3.225184|
|33||Claeys Antiques, Bruges||515763||5672401||31||51.202795||3.225627|
|34||Romantic Lace, Bruges||515682||5672394||31||51.202734||3.224467|
|35||Lace Paradise, Bruges||515722||5672312||31||51.201995||3.225036|
|37||Kloskanthuis Home Linen, Ghent||550483||5656244||31||51.055504||3.720306|
|39||Lace Museum, Bonheiden||610276||5652980||31||51.017795||4.572206|
|40||t Kanten Doekje, Aarschot||628645||5649626||31||50.983833||4.832772|
|41||De Saedeleer Myriam BVBA, Nieuwerkerken||570528||5641694||31||50.922571||4.003449|
|42||M van Melkebeke, Haaltert||569980||5640167||31||50.908908||3.995360|
|43||Kant'el van den Steen, Haaltert||570726||5640072||31||50.907963||4.005951|
|44||M van den Driessche, Haaltert||571213||5639460||31||50.902400||4.012757|
|45||Ets Caveye Vindevogel SPRL, Brussels||594312||5639019||31||50.895125||4.341062|
|46||G van de Wiele, Hillegem||560672||5638949||31||50.899010||3.862783|
|47||Séréna Gallery Exclusive of Lace, Leuven||619580||5637818||31||50.879650||4.699814|
|48||Joséphine Rose, Brussels||595248||5634198||31||50.851629||4.353112|
|50||Manufacture Belge de Dentelles, Brussels||595347||5633681||31||50.846965||4.354383|
|51||Maison Antoine, Brussels||595250||5633655||31||50.846747||4.352999|
|52||Brusselss Lace Rubbrecht, Brussels||595259||5633645||31||50.846656||4.353124|
|53||Brussels's Lace Shop-Toebac, Brussels||595191||5633602||31||50.846280||4.352147|
|54||Costume and Lace Museum, Brussels||595176||5633536||31||50.845690||4.351917|
|55||Lace Gallery SPRL, Brussels||595097||5633522||31||50.845577||4.350791|
|56||Textilux Center, Brussels||595101||5633516||31||50.845522||4.350847|
|57||Central Lace House, Brussels||595088||5633513||31||50.845497||4.350661|
|58||Lace Garden Gallery SPRL, Brussels||595051||5633476||31||50.845171||4.350126|
|59||National Flax, Lace, and Linen Museum, Kortrijk||520351||5628238||31||50.805519||3.288820|
|60||Center for Lace and Art Crafts, Binche||582778||5584862||31||50.409959||4.164987|
|61||Lace Museum, Marche-en-Famenne||663435||5566279||31||50.226070||5.291348|
Unfortunately we do not have more info on all the Belgian lace points.
1 't Kantklosje in Lichtaart. Sells materials for those who want to make their own lace.
2 Lady with Unicorn in Antwerp. Offers a large choice of Flemish tapestry wall hangings, table mats, and decorative pillows, as well as hand made lace, doilies and table-linen.
3 Antwerps Kantwinkeltje in Antwerp. In front of the Cathedral, this shop has an important collection of needle lace and bobbin lace.
4 Galerie aan Petro Paulo Rubens in Antwerp. A shop with a huge collection of antique lace.
5 Dupont Kanthuis in Antwerp. This shop is featuring exquisitely made lace objects.
6 't Apostelientje in Bruges. Shop with hand made lace, old and contemporary. Here you can find magnificent needle lace works from the 16th century.
7 Lace Center Exhibition in Bruges. Housed in a restored almshouse. Often there are lace demonstrations and in the museum-shop one can purchase all materials for lace making.
8 Lace Jewel in Bruges. Stocks imported lace for travelers. But if you are willing to pay the price, you can buy real handmade Belgian lace here too.
11 The Little Lace Shop in Bruges. Lace makers since 1893.
12 Venice in Bruges. A pure lace shop in the heart of Bruges.
14 K Pickery in Bruges. One member of the famous Pickery family. Besides the handmade Bruges lacework they now also offer their own creations in pure linen.
15 Lace Paradise in Bruges. From small pieces to huge wall tapestries can be found here.
16 The Lace Garden in Bruges. Modern mass-produced lace, as well as authentic hand-made lace can be found here.
17 't Kanthuisje in Bruges. This is the perfect place to purchase some locally crafted lace. You can watch delicate needlepoint lace created before your eyes.
20 A Pickery in Bruges. Another member of the famous Pickery lace makers family.
21 Irma in Bruges. A shop where you can purchase beautiful antique lace works, but where you can also find materials for lace making. Lace shop Irma is the only one that still sells its own-made Belgian lace, with origin certificate.
24 The Lace Garden in Bruges. Another Lace Garden. See point 16.
33 Claeys Antiques in Bruges. A shop specializing in lace for collectors. Diane Claeys is an authority on lace. She published many books about the subject.
35 Lace Paradise in Bruges. Another Lace Paradise. See point 15.
36 Lauwers in Bruges. Paul Lauwers is the son of Lieve Pickery, so another Pickery family member. See point 14
39 Lace Museum in Bonheiden. Each September there is a Lace fair in Bonheiden.
40 't Kanten Doekje in Aarschot. Specialized in household linen.
41 De Saedeleer Myriam BVBA in Nieuwerkerken. Textile Production House.
50 Manufacture Belge de Dentelle in Brussels. Sells contemporary and antique handmade lace.
51 Maison Antoine in Brussels. One of the best lace boutiques in Brussels.
52 Brussels Lace Rubbrecht in Brussels. New modern handmade lace, as well as antique lace can be found here. They have something for every budget.
53 Brussel's Lace Shop-Toebac in Brussels. Nicole Toebac is a synonym of quality and exclusivity. The most important distributor of real handmade Belgian Lace.
54 Costume and Lace Museum in Brussels. Four houses and an old warehouse from the late 17th century form the perfect decor for this museum with a beautiful collection of costumes and lace.
55 Lace Gallery SPRL in Brussels. Souvenirs in lace from all prices.
59 National Flax, Lace, and Linen Museum in Kortrijk. The setting for this museum is an old flax farm of the 19th century. It shows the flax production process as it occurred in Flanders over the past centuries. A new addition to the collection in 1999 displays a collection of lace and linen.
60 Center for Lace and Art Crafts in Binche. The lace of Binche is characterized by the extreme delicacy of the threads used by the lace making women.
61 Lace Museum in Marche-en-Famenne. This museum presents a unique collection of local lace, the renowned "Points Clairs" of Marche and other antique and modern lace. The museum has 3 rooms: "On the paths of lace", "Ancient and new lace", and "From thread to bobbin".