Contemporary fine art tapestries – wall tapestry designs benefit from modern yarns and dyes: in landscapes, town scenes, botanical watercolours and more…
Since ancient times tapestries have been used to adorn homes and important buildings. Historians believe tapestries even covered the walls of the Parthenon in Greece. They have been a favored by kings and queens, noblemen and women and by the Church throughout the ages gracing the walls of cathedrals, castles and the fine homes of the aristocracy. Once status symbols reserved for the rich and noble, today we can hang these wonderful decorative accessories in our own homes. Modern techniques have made art tapestries affordable.
In times past, tapestries provided insulation and would be transported from one residence to another. 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 art tapestries provide a beautiful focal point to a room.
For many of us, the historical aspect of fine art tapestries adds to their appeal. Lovers of art history will opt for tapestry reproductions of famous Old Masters such as Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper, or Van Gogh’s famous Sunflowers. 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 marvellous detailing of these tapestries and their narratives draws us to this timeless art.
For others, a more modern touch is desired for their wall decor. Contemporary fine art tapestries offer homeowners a pleasing combination of the past and present. There is a good selection available including contemporary floral tapestries and modern landscapes woven in Belgium. New computer techniques recreate artists’ original work faster and more accurately. This makes the production of wall tapestries appealing to today’s artists who can license their work to be reproduced in this manner, examples being Bob Pejman and Simon Bull.
Miles of yarn are used to create just one single such tapestry. It is remarkable to imagine, all those years ago, that this would have been carried out by hand. Further, contemporary fine art tapestries use a broad range of colours with artists no longer being restricted by the limited palettes of times past. This is in stark contrast to medieval tapestries whose colours were dictated by dyes obtained only from vegetation and insects.
Despite the fact that today we can afford such luxuries thanks to today’s techniques, tapestries do continue to be regarded as works of art regardless of whether they be the reproduction of ancient masterpieces or of modern works. Undoubtedly, the bold colours and sharp design of today’s tapestries successfully deliver this ancient art form into the modern home.
They add a unique ambience to a room, creating a mood which is not so easily achieved with paint and canvas. Some of this is due to the tactile quality of tapestries which cannot be found within other art forms.
The most popular contemporary fine art tapestries themes today are:
– Landscapes such as Mediterranean views and the Tuscan countryside,
– Town scenes such as Venice and Lake Como towns,
– Botanical watercolours.
All art is a matter of personal preference but there has never been such a varied selection of these wall tapestry designs available.