Monday, October 26, 2015

Tapestry Basics (part 1 of 2)

Tapestry is art. It can be considered as it is a unique form of art. To put it simply, Tapestry making is an art made out of textile.  It is quite different from your typical ordinary rug, Tapestries are textiles woven by hand using a special type of loom. A tapestry is specially woven and depicts a colorful pattern or image with the warp threads, the horizontal ones, are usually hidden. This allows the tapestry to have a smoother surface. This makes it different from other types of conventional cloth weaving where the warp and weft threads of the textile are usually visible.

A decorative tapestry is usually woven and created with a decorative function in mind. They aim to make the any vacant space look better and brighter than it usually is. Its function can also be considered as a valuable painting that adorns a room, worthy of one’s appreciation. It adds a certain level of elegance and style to any room that also a tapestry might be able to do.

There is a long history behind the art of tapestry making. Its early origin dates back during the Hellenistic times where it was already being used to decorate homes of nobility during ancient times. There have been samples of Greek tapestry, very well preserved and found in parts of the Tarim Basin which dates back as early as 3rd Century BC.

The art of tapestry eventually spread to other parts of Europe. The art became popular in region sometime during 14th Century AD where it enjoyed a surge in production because of increasing demand popularity among the ancient elite. The spread started from Germany and Switzerland and then eventually reached France and the Netherlands as the demand for this form of textile art became even more popular.

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