Oriental tapestries

Oriental tapestries - the Elephant tapestry wall-hanging
The popularity of oriental tapestries such as the Elephant Tapestry continues regardless of the fashions in interior decor. Since the cultures of the Eastern world were opened up to the West by Jesuit missionaries in the seventeenth century, oriental tapestries have been among the popular styles for home interiors. For more than two hundred years the West’s intrigue in what … Continue reading

Nautical Tapestries – Ships in Tapestry Art

Nautical tapestries - ships in tapestry art - Francesco Lazzaro Guardi
There is a varied selection of nautical tapestries available from The Tapestry House, woven in France, Belgium or Italy. The imagery and intrigue of ancient maritime life, with great battles, fearless explorers and skilled sailors has influenced many artists throughout history. Nautical tapestries reflect the inspiration of those times past that appeal to our imagination. This is what, essentially, makes … Continue reading

Francois Boucher wall tapestries – in pursuit of the idyll

Francois Boucher wall tapestries - in pursuit of the idyll
Francois Boucher wall tapestries of the Louis XV period – Gobelins tapestry art celebrating the sensual Rococo style. Francois Boucher wall tapestries are as respected today as they were during the Renaissance. This remarkable French tapestry artist and painter began his career engraving the works of Antoine Watteau. The son of a lace designer and Parisian painter he won the … Continue reading

14th century tapestries

14th century tapestries - Apocalypse of St John
14th century tapestries – the first part of an article about their historical context. There is a large gap in our knowledge of 14th century tapestries; we possess only examples from the last quarter of the century. At this date the art was largely diffused throughout Europe, each district with its own style and characteristics. Large studios flourished in Paris … Continue reading

14th century tapestries article – part two

14th century tapestries article – part two, describing their history and variety within Europe. Continued from the first part … Although the English victory at Agincourt was a blow to dreams and illusions, the myth of chivalry persisted in Burgundy, whose Dukes commissioned their wall tapestries from Arras. The only documented tapestries from Arras that have survived are the ‘History … Continue reading

Renaissance tapestries

Renaissance tapestries or medieval tapestries - memorable art
Renaissance tapestries or medieval tapestries? This can be a matter of terminology though it is more historical, with the medieval period generally pre-dating the Renaissance. Throughout this overlapping period tapestry weaving enjoyed significant prestige producing memorable art. It is generally accepted that the Renaissance began in the 15th century, ending in the 17th century. It was a time when the … Continue reading

World maps tapestries

World maps tapestries - interesting tapestry wall decor
World maps tapestries – interesting tapestry wall decor that intrigues us We have an inbuilt curiosity in the world around us. This curiosity drove the first man to the ends of the world, a world everyone previously believed to be flat. Later it would send others to the moon. As people learned more of the world around them, they sought … Continue reading

Contemporary Fine Art tapestries

Contemporary fine art tapestries - wall tapestry designs
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 … Continue reading

Information about wall tapestries

Background information about wall tapestries for sale
Background information about wall tapestries for sale by The Tapestry House – a summary about the weaving of fine European tapestry wall-hangings. All of our tapestries and wall hangings are Jacquard woven using modern looms based on the original Jacquard looms from the early 19th century. The tapestries are not screen printed – they are individually woven using centuries-old techniques … Continue reading

Flanders Tapestries

Flanders Tapestries - historical development from European art influences
Flanders Tapestries – their historical development from art influences in Europe. In the early 16th century in Brussels, an increasing number of tapestries were produced to satisfy the ever-increasing commissions. Since the old medieval high-warp technique had been too slow it was supplanted by the horizontal  low warp loom. This accelerated the process by having pedals to work the threads … Continue reading