Some of the most beautiful tapestries that hang in churches, castles or museums seen around the world, are works of art woven by the Flemish and French women in days gone by.The weaving of a tapestry originally was of religious scenes, but as time passed, they became a very special form of fine art depicting a variety of rural scenes, animals, birdlife, historical events or even letters of the alphabet.
Woven cloth has always been a favorite medium of art in many countries, and the exotic air about a tapestry piece will definitely add much to a living room’s design. Started and popularised during the mediaeval period, these works of art woven in the most beautiful colouring often used for wall adornment. These finely woven tapestries considered as a sign of wealth, as they were very expensive and mainly only found in the homes and castles of the nobility of Europe.
The popularity of the European tapestries today, as home decorations are in the same forms and shapes as those woven in the past, known as replicas of fine tapestries. The method of making them is by using intricate loom weaving, and a large variety of types of thread, such as silk, wool and cotton, and then interwoven with gold and silver. Today, fine silk tapestries fetch an extremely high price, even more so, those woven in a former period.
The fine quality of the old European tapestries often represent scenes from the lives of the nobility of the mediaeval and renaissance period of art and are a form of historical knowledge, for admiration today and for future times.
The most famous of all old tapestries is the “Bayeaux Tapestry,” which covers the walls of several rooms, as one very long narrow tapestry of wall art, it depicts scenes from the time of the Norman rule of England, and is made from lengths of linen sewn together and embroidered with wool. Ordered by the Bishop of Bayeaux in 1496, is truly a magnificent work of art, taking a multitude of hours to embroider.
Today, European tapestries are as popular a form of wall art as in former times, with many reproductions of the various popular rural and bird scenes available in home décor shops. The use of the Belgian tapestry handbags or larger bags on the market for carrying shopping in, or for small clutch evening bags, are items that come with a variety of patterns from which to choose, enjoyed by many women on a daily basis and still woven on looms in workshops by European weavers. Back in fashion, are tapestry bell pulls. The use of these long rectangular shaped tapestries, used now as wall art, and not for calling the attention of servants, as was the original use!
Just make sure that the designs and colors on the tapestry will match well with the other pieces in the living room. Chair seats are possible for having inlay with a tapestry material, also tablecloths and cushions. These are all excellent pieces to look at. The use of a tapestry with antique furniture or combined with modern pieces, gives a room an effect of warmth and pleasure, with a special “lived in feeling.” Many women embroider a tapestry for recreation, and being able to enjoy working on it at a leisurely pace of their choosing and then to having the finished item in their home.