Designer Yael Lurie and tapestry weaver Jean Pierre Larochette have collaborated on work for over four decades and across three continents. Based in Berkeley, California, since 1972, they have exhibited and held workshops internationally.

Yael Lurie was born in Kibbutz Givath-Brenner, Israel, the daughter of Jacob Lurie, a painter and teacher. After apprenticing with her father she studied with Jacob Wexler and at Leshem Mosaic Workshop.

Jean Pierre Larochette was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the son of Armand Larochette, a third generation French Aubusson tapestry weaver. Jean Pierre apprenticed at his father’s workshop and in 1963-64 studied and worked under the direction of internationally known French tapestry artist Jean Lurcat. He was co-founder and director of the San Francisco Tapestry Workshop and teacher at the San Francisco State University textile program in the 1970s and 80s.

They have completed numerous commissions for temples and have works in public and private collections through out the United States, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina.

Tapestry works in public places


  • “Unfolding Knowledge”, 48” x 168”, 1991. Sunnyvale Public Library, Sunnyvale.
  • “Tapestry for the Blessed Sacrament Shrine” with Katherine Kilgore, 63” x 42”, 1994. Saint Mary’s Cathedral, San Francisco.
  • “Five Tapestries for the Altar”, 1977. 11 Torah Vestments 1987-2002. Temple Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco (415) 751-2335
  • “For my House Shell be Called a House of Prayer” 47” x 58”, 1996. Three Torah Vestments, 1991. Temple Sinai First Hebrew Congregation of Oakland. (510) 451-3263
  • “Five Torah Vestments”, 1996. Temple Isaiah, Lafayette. (925) 283-8575
  • “Tapestry for the Interior of the Ark” 100” x 40”, 1997. “Three Torah Vestments” 1996.
  • Temple Emanu-El, San Jose. (408) 292-0939.
  • “Seven Torah Vestments”, 2000. “ Torah Table Cover”, 40”x 48”, 2005. Temple Bat Yahm, Newport Beach. (949) 644-1999


  • “Five Torah Vestments”, 1990, Chicago Sinai Congregation, Chicago
  • “Torah Vestment”, 1997.Niles Township Jewish Congregation, Skokie.


  • “Five Torah Vestments”, 2000, Temple-Tifereth Israel. Beachwood. (216) 831-3233
  • “Four Torah Vestments”, 2001. Temple University Circle, Cleveland.

New York

  • “Four Torah Vestments”, 1999. Westchester Reform Temple, Scarsdale. (914) 723-7727
  • “Tapestry for the Chapel’s Lectern”, 33” x 46”, 2004. Hebrew Union College, NYC. (212) 824-2218
  • “Tapestry for the Ark” 140” x 120”, 2003. With Laurie Gross. Central Synagogue, NYC. (212) 838-5122

Published Writings on Aubusson Tapestry

By Jean Pierre Larochette

  • “Aubusson Tapestry”, Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot, fall 1982
  • “Framing the Past: a Family Legacy”, Fiberarts, summer 1996.
  • “Three Generations of Tapestry Weavers: France 1860-1960”, Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot, spring 2004.
  • Remembering Jacques Larochette”
  • Genesis Press, 2006. English/Spanish, with a foreword by Yadin Larochette. Chapter opening sketches by Yael Lurie. 124 pages with B&W photos.

By Yael Lurie and Jean Pierre Larochette

  • Notes on Designing, Weaving and Collaborative Work”
  • Genesis Press, 2008. With a commentary by Laura Perez, UC Berkeley associate professor, Ethnic Studies. 50 pages, 11 color and 9 B&W illustrations.