Since ancient times wall tapestries have been used to adorn homes and important buildings. Many historians believe tapestries even covered the walls of the famous Parthenon in Greece. Tapestries have been a favored by the Church, Kings and Queens, noblemen and women throughout the ages gracing the walls of cathedrals, castles and the fine homes of the aristocracy with their elegance.
Once reserved for the rich and noble, today we have the opportunity to buy these wonderful, highly decorative accessories for our own homes. Modern techniques have made fine art tapestries affordable. They add a unique ambience to a room, creating a mood which is not so easily achieved with paint and canvas. In times past, tapestry wall hangings provided insulation and would be transported from one castle to another, even taken into battle. Being practical, as well as beautiful, has ensured these wonderful artistic creations have stood the test of time. Textile art has moved beyond functionality over the centuries, and today fine art tapestries provide a stunning focal point to a room.
Tapestry has become an inspiration for many designers and artists, developing as a recognized art form in its own right. Since the beginning of the twenty first century there has been a marked, renewed, interest in art tapestries. New computer techniques have made recreating the artists original work faster and more accurate. It’s accuracy and flexibility making the production of art tapestries appealing to many contemporary artists. So leading contemporary artists have given permission for their work to be reproduced as wall tapestries. Contemporary works as art tapestries offer homeowners a wonderful combination of the past and present.
However, for many people, the historical aspect of art tapestries adds to their appeal. Lovers of art history will opt for tapestry reproductions of some of the most famous artworks ever created, Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’, ‘Mona Lisa’, or Van Gogh’s famous ‘Sunflowers’ (see above) being good examples. Medieval tapestries also capture the imagination, created at a time when kings, knights, great battles and mythology ruled the hearts of the people throughout the western world. The incredible detailing of these tapestries and the complexity of the narratives of these timeless legends.
Further, they have a tactile quality which cannot be found within any other art form. Contemporary art tapestries can use a broad range of colors with artists no longer restricted by the comparatively limited color palettes of times past. Regardless of whether they be the reproduction of ancient masterpieces or are modern works by contemporary artists todays tapestries successfully deliver this ancient art form into the modern home. Cityscapes, landscapes, still life and floral compositions are highly desirable themes. Of course, the classic works from some of the greatest artists in history are also available and have always been a popular choice.
Once you have made your choice, how the tapestry is hung will be of significant importance, in order to preserve it’s beauty. Tapestries should be kept away from direct sunlight as should any work of art. Looking after your Fine Art Tapestry means it will be enjoyed by you, and your family, for many years to come.