The Art and History of Tapestries

Wonderful French Tapestry

The above tapestry (here) was woven in France and is 50% wool, and comes in three sizes.

I was curious when reading about tapestries the other day and wanted to know just what history they held and how they came to be.  What I found out is they dated back to medieval times, in times of Kings, Queens, Knights in shining armor and ginourmous castles. Originally made to cover the cold stone walls from drafts, tapestries often depicted battle scenes, homage to holy figures or told stories.

For centuries they were spread across Europe, a sign of wealth and many possibly commissioned by the wealthy only. Surely still to cover walls and were made by special request into scenes and pillars of special moments in time or favorite things.

Tapestry From Belgium
 The tapestry above is woven in Belgium and depicts an old scene of the city. Find it here.

Somewhere in the late 1700s wallpaper was invented and soon industrialism and machines would replace the old art of hand crafting and weaving. The loom would appear in 1801 thanks to Joseph Marie Jacquard, and less tapestries would be made by hand, surely the bad news.  For industrial revolution's sake, the good news would be that tapestries would be more affordable, many copies of the same design sold and reach a wider audience. 

Fast forward to present day and tapestries are still a sign of good taste, fancy decor and style.  Many prefer this type of Landscape Wall Art over framed photographs, decorations or other decor when trying to make a focal point in a room.  High quality tapestries are woven in France and Belgium still to this day.  They are made to last and have a rich history!

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