Monet tapestries, ie tapestry reproductions of his wonderful paintings, are understandably popular today. One of our supplying tapestry weavers has just released two more Monet tapestries and a further one from a painting of Monet’s lake at Giverny. It is not difficult to see why Claude Monet’s art is ideal as tapestry wallhangings. Monet tapestries · The soft brush strokes of Monet’s Impressionist art lends itself so well to the gentle appearance produced by tapestry weaving. · Framed prints have a hard look whereas I think the softness of a wall tapestry suits the Impressionist style really well. · Many homes have a Monet framed print but not many a tapestry. Now there are many of his paintings available as Monet tapestries. · Impressionist art is perhaps the most popular period for home décor today. · And they are so beautiful!
Above is one of these new Monet tapestries, Alle de Monet, … Continue reading
Every order shipped by The Tapestry House includes a sheet with information about how to hang a tapestry. This also discusses its simple care. Here is that information: These practical points will help you care for your tapestry wall hanging. 1. There may be transit creases on your tapestry when you receive it. These can be removed easily by careful pressing with a steam iron on the rear side. 2. Tapestries are woven individually and part of their individuality is that there may be irregularities in the weave or there may be hanging undulations. You can attach weights to the lower lining if desired but this is not necessary. Do not expect them to be precisely square and flat like a framed print: this is not their character. 3. There are two ways to hang tapestries (our finishing has a rod pocket on the lining): - a) cut a length of round wooden … Continue reading
Tapestry weaving in the 21st century might seem a strange topic for a weaving craft which is recorded back to the ancient Egyptians. However, tapestry weaving has undergone two revolutions in the past two hundred years and it is helpful to see how these have impacted the modern weaving of tapestries. Until 1801 all tapestry weaving was made by hand in the time-honoured style. This could take two months to weave just one square foot – and tapestries were generally very large. Note above how the passing of bobbins through the warp and weft threads produces a unique line of design, little by little: a true artisan craft. Then the first revolution in weaving took place in 1801 when Joseph-Marie Jacquard created his mechanical Jacquard loom using punch cards to control and automate the weaving process. Steady improvements naturally took place until in recent years commercial tapestry weavers were able to adopt … Continue reading
Bob Pejman art tapestries form a popular part of the selection at The Tapestry House. We have over 20 designs available, most in several sizes, such as this Vineyard Tapestry:He describes his art as “Romantic Realism” though I consider his realism to be more significant than the romantic. We are drawn to his art by our desires to experience those warm beautiful settings of Lake Como, Venice, Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast. Their slightly exaggerated emphases are reminiscent of theatrical set designs, compounded by his insertion of urns, pillars and statues. We know that we are not seeing the scene quite as it appears, but do we care? To enjoy such scenes at home on a wintry day warm us inside. To balance this, here is a video which explores the romantic aspect of Bob Pejman’s art, enhanced by Gounod’s Ave Maria. What is your favourite: do browse through the … Continue reading
See our selection of articles about tapestries for background information. Some are general, some specific and some are technical. We also see this blog as a source of interesting information about tapestry wallhangings. Some highlights from our tapestry articles include one about Jacquard weaving and the development of the Jacquard loom in the early 19th century. This was a timely invention since the French Revolution had decimated the industry and destroyed so many tapestries. Now tapestry weaving could start afresh.
It’s always good to read about William Morris and his establishment of Morris & Co which resulted in their timeless Arts and Crafts tapestries. I confess to being a great admirer of Morris and of Edward Burne-Jones.
We have two articles about world maps tapestries showing how maps are fascinating topics for tapestry weaving. Lastly from these highlights, do read about The Lady with the Unicorn tapestries. Everyone who sees … Continue reading