Tapestries are a textile art form made of fibers woven on a loom depicting decorative scenes and motifs. They are usually made of natural fibers including wool, silk and linen and are heavy in weight due to the fact that the warp thread is completely covered by the weft. Are you with me?
About 15 years ago Tuscan style decorating was very popular and I saw a return to decorating with tapestries. They convey a sense of richness, warmth and history. I love tapestries as wall art which is how they were originally intended, to decorate and insulate drafty castles!
On our visit to France a couple of years ago I was overwhelmed with the sheer volume of tapestries hanging in the museums, galleries and cathedrals. Those artisans had some serious needlework skills! In medieval times tapestries told stories, allegories and history teaching tools. One of the best known series of tapestries is The Lady and the Unicorn. Each large scene represents a different sense - touch, taste, sight, hearing, and smell.
I found a reproduction many years ago at, yes, a thrift store! I paid $12.
It hangs high in my living room vaulted ceiling.
This hunting tapestry I did pay a bit more for, $100, found antiquing. I've used it as the color scheme inspiration in my living room.
You can find tapestries in any color scheme and many different motifs - fruit or floral, pastoral, religious, landscapes, medieval, Victorian and even contemporary.
A close examination shows the individual stitches.
|Many times tapestries are signed by the maker or artist.|
So now that "Farmhouse" and Midcentury Modern are the decorating trends is there still a place for tapestries in home decor? Of course!
Used sparingly a vintage tapestry can bring some color and texture to all that neutral I see going on.
Needlepoint is a form of tapestry and pillows are great way to incorporate this art form into your decor.
And don't forget the tabletop. Tapestry runners look elegant on a sideboard or console table.
An old tapestry makes a great base for a tablescape.
Country Living and Urban Outfitters show tapestries that create a headboard.
And don't forget about using tapestry fabric for upholstery and window treatments.
Don't be afraid to use this ancient art form in your own home. It is truly timeless!
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