Tapestries and wall hangings have long been one of the most celebrated forms of textile art, having a history dating back thousands of years, and artists from almost all cultures have contributed some form of textile wall art. Recently tapestries and wall hangings have enjoyed a rise in interest, with many people looking beyond traditional options for wall decor.
Although there are a vast range of traditional designs available, a more recent development is the growth in contemporary art as a basis for modern tapestry designs. Because of the nature of the modern weaving process almost any design can be successfully incorporated into a tapestry providing the weaver has the skill to do so. This has led contemporary artists to consider wall tapestries as an alternative medium to framed canvases and prints. Encompassing a vast range of subject matter, from modern cityscapes and impressionist inspired landscapes, to idyllic coastal scenes and fantasy art, these contemporary works of art are adding a new dimension to fabric design, marrying traditional weaving techniques with modern, vibrant images.
The tactile nature of tapestry art adds depth and texture and makes a distinctive alternative to framed art bringing alive the designs in ways not originally planned by the artists. Additionally many textile artists who use fabric as their main medium are enjoying a renewed prominence in the art world. Modern artists such as Maximo Laura combine their artistic vision with the depth and range available through tapestries to create a new, modern twist on this ancient art. His designs from Peru are hand-woven tapestries but others are machine-woven, with the price reflecting the labour and individualality. Many of these textile works of art are abstract in nature, often employing bold colours and striking, modern designs that incorporate the weave of the fabric as an essential part of the design to create a depth not available with traditional materials like canvas.
Contemporary artists are increasingly attracted to wall tapestries because the individuality of the weaving process makes each piece a unique work of art unlike any other. In a world driven by mass production art lovers are often drawn to the uniqueness of wall tapestries as an antidote to the monotony of many other options. Now, despite their ancient origins, many people are again looking towards tapestry wall hangings as an answer to their modern home decor needs. With an ever growing range of options the choice has never been better for art lovers.