This section is from the "A Complete Dictionary of Dry Goods" book, by George S. Cole. Also available from Amazon: A complete dictionary of dry goods and history of silk, cotton, linen, wool and other fibrous substances,: Including a full explanation of the modern processes ... together with various useful tables.
Arras (Ar'-As). Arras cloth takes its name from the town of Arras, situated in the north of France. In the fourteenth century this place was the chief seat of French tapestry manufacture, for both quality and quantity. Hence, in time, the term Arras came to signify any sort of tapestry, wherever made. [See Tapestry]