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 dowel slightly longer than the rod pocket. Insert a small closed cup-hook into each end and simply place them over small picture hook nails. This is quick, easy and inexpensive.
- b) buy a metal or wooden rod with finials (decorative ends) from a local drapery, hardware or interiors store. Use the brackets to hang the tapestry ‘off’ the wall, or hang the rod over two nails hammered down at a 45 degree angle to mount flush.
See our Display Gallery for examples of tapestries in the home.
4. To aid colour co-ordination – add a pair of cords with tassels to either side if you wish to match the tapestry to the existing décor. This is particularly useful when the colour of the tapestry does not exactly match the surrounding decor. You draw out one of the colours in the tapestry, even a minor one, to “tie it in” to its surroundings.
5. An annual brushing with a soft brush is sufficient to dust your tapestry – or use the drapes attachment of your vacuum cleaner. The tapestry may be dry cleaned with care if a stain somehow occurs but we suggest this be a last resort.
Our tapestries are hand-finished. We would enjoy receiving images of your tapestry in its new home!
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Let’s expand this a little. Hanging a tapestry is easier than people think. Below is the back of a tapestry showing how the rod pocket is indented enough to hide the wooden dowel with eye hook from view. Next you can see the tapestry hanging on the wall in this “invisible” hanging manner.
As you can see, it need not involve the purchase of special designer rods. Alternatively, as below, you can use metal or wooden rods which have a decorative finial extending beyond the tapestry. Do note (above) the option of hanging cords with tassels from these.
Do contact us if you have any remaining questions about how to hang your tapestry.
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 electronic looms to take advantage of new technology. Speed and consistency improved significantly. Nonetheless much human application is required throughout the process from design through weaving to the finishing work. These machine woven tapestries are most commonly featured on our tapestry website.
So how do I see the future for tapestry weaving in the 21st century? In the next blog article I will discuss this in relation to:
- hand-woven tapestries available today,
- machine-woven tapestries,
- the weavers: artisans producing unique tapestries and those weaving to order, and the companies whose machine-woven tapestries are most commonly purchased now,
- geographic influences (more important than you might think)
- the good, the bad and the definately-not-ugly aspects of tapestry weaving today.
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 these six masterpieces at the Cluny Museum in Paris views them with awe. We are so glad to have many versions of these medieval tapestries available for you to enjoy in your home.
There are many other tapestry articles which may appeal more so do browse through them: such topics as Francois Boucher, the Raphael tapestry cartoons, the Hunt for the Unicorn series, verdures, and religious tapestries.
Well, almost a new tapestry website. www.thetapestryhouse.com has been completely redesigned and rebuilt. After months of work our tapestries website has a new look and new features.
You will find it easier to locate wall tapestries from the breakdown of categories and an improved Search function. The ordering process is better streamlined and you can now pay by PayPal too. We have re-formatted background information that you may wish to check like our policies, testimonials and contact information. We particularly like our tapestry gallery showing display ideas in the home.
So, all in all, we trust you will find it easier to find what you need. And … we have added many new designs. Please enjoy a browse and let us know how we can help you select a tapestry wallhanging to make your home a more beautiful place.
Martin and Linda.
It is always a pleasure when shipping tapestries to customers in knowing that they are going to make a home more beautiful. How can they fail to do so? With each order we supply suggestions to help with the hanging and care of tapestries. These conclude with the sentence “We would enjoy receiving images of your tapestry in its new home!”
So you can imagine that we always enjoy receiving such images. Two weeks ago a lady mailed a photograph of a tapestry setting that was especially important to her. Last year her house burnt down and she lost everything. This sad loss included the well-known Elephant tapestry so she was able to replace it from us via insurance and hang it in her replacement home. I hope its presence restored a tiny bit of comfort to her.
Above are two photos from past customers of medieval / Arts & Crafts tapestries. The pair of Lady with the Unicorn tapestries are hung on rods with protruding finials whereas The Lady on the right has a hidden rod cut slightly shorter than the tapestry width. (All our tapestries are lined and have a rod pocket for easy hanging.)
Above and below are two fine traditional French tapestries, one in a somewhat contemporary setting and one placed above an antique table.
A last example is quite remarkable, well it is to someone living in western Canada. These two details from the Bayeux Tapestry are on display outside in a garden room in Australia. Now that’s my setting for relaxation with a glass of wine!
So … tapestry images are always welcome. Please “invite” us into your home to see the setting in which you have placed your tapestry.