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|Tapestry / Tapestries in Los Angeles
RugIdea.com which is based in Los Angeles provides you with unique tapestries
made in the U.S. and Europe in different designs and sizes. They are diverse and
include traditional and contemporary designs. While our prices are competitive, our
tapestries are of high quality and are hand picked and selected from different
collections. We do not import or buy our tapestries in bulk. We select them one by
Visit our tapestry collection online or in store and decorate your home with art and
culture. It has been few centuries since architects, designers, artists, home owners,
and other types of people discovered tapestries and have used them to decorate
their homes and walls. Tapestry, as a world-class wall décor, adds dramatic accent
to the large open foyers, expansive fireplaces, and high ceiling rooms found in many
homes today. With hardwood, tile and other hard surfaces being the trend in today's
homes, tapestry provides excellent sound absorption and noise reduction.
Each of our tapestries at RugIdea.com is finished with elegant and fine backing and
generous rod pocket for easy hanging. www.RugIdea.com ( Los Angeles ) also
provides you with the rods, finials and other accessories for your convenience.
Our tapestries are made based on old techniques, but not for old castles and
mansions. They are made for today's homes!
Tapestry is a form of textile art. It is woven by hand on a vertical loom. It is
weft-faced weaving, in which all the warp threads are hidden in the completed work,
unlike cloth weaving where both the warp and the weft threads may be visible. In this
way, a colorful pattern or image is created. Most weavers use a naturally based
warp thread such as linen or cotton. The weft threads are usually wool or cotton, but
may include silk, gold, silver, or other alternatives.
Both craftsmen and artists have produced tapestries. The 'blueprints' on cardboard
(also known as 'tapestry cartoons') were made by artists of repute, while the
tapestries themselves were produced by craftsmen.
The success of decorative tapestry can be partially explained by its portability. Kings
and noblemen could roll up and transport tapestries from one residence to another.
In churches, they could be displayed on special occasions. Tapestries were also
draped on the walls of castles for insulation during winter, as well as for decorative
The iconography of most Western tapestries goes back to written sources, the Bible
and Ovid's Metamorphoses being two popular choices. Apart from the religious and
mythological images, hunting scenes are the subject of many tapestries produced
for indoor decoration.
Tapestries have been used since at least Hellenistic times. Samples of Greek
tapestry have been found preserved in the desert of Tarim Basin dating from the
3rd century BC.
Tapestry reached a new stage in Europe in the early fourteenth century AD. The
first wave of production originated in Germany and Switzerland. Over time, the craft
expanded to France and the Netherlands.
In the 14th and 15th centuries, Arras, France was a thriving textile town. The
industry specialised in fine wool tapestries which were sold to decorate palaces and
castles all over Europe. Few of these tapestries survived the French Revolution as
hundreds were burnt to recover the gold thread that was often woven into them.
Arras is still used to refer to a rich tapestry no matter where it was woven.
By the 16th century, Flanders had become the centre of European tapestry
production. In the 17th century Flemish tapestries were arguably the most important
productions, with many specimens of this era still extant, demonstrating the intricate
detail of pattern and color.
In the 19th century, William Morris resurrected the art of tapestry-making in the
medieval style at Merton Abbey. Morris and Company made successful series of
tapestries for home and ecclesiatical uses, with figures based on cartoons by
Tapestries are still made at the factory of Gobelins and a few other old European
workshops, which also repair and restore old tapestries. The craft is also currently
practiced by hobbyist weavers.
The term Tapestry is also used to describe fabric made on jacquard looms.
Tapestry upholstery fabrics and reproductions of the famous tapestries of the
Middle Ages are a common products of jacquard looms. Kilims and Navajo Rugs are
also types of tapestry work.
Tapestry and Embroidery
Tapestry is commonly (though incorrectly) applied to embroidered items made in
canvas work such as needlepoint. Canvas work can look very much like tapestry.
The term is also commonly (and incorrectly) applied to any textile wall hangings and
once common painted cloths (such as those at Owlpen Manor in England). The
Bayeux Tapestry and New World Tapestry are embroidered wall hangings.
William Morris Tapestries
Tapestries today are owed much to the vigor and freedom bought by the Arts and
Crafts movement headed by William Morris. William Morris is best known for his Tree
of Life tapestry. William Morris is known to have revived many old crafts; tapestry
weaving being one of the beneficiaries of his fresh vision and creative energy.
William Morris was born in Walthamstow, Essex, on 24 March 1834. The son of a
wealthy businessman, he enjoyed a comfortable childhood before going to
Marlborough and Exeter College, Oxford. Tapestry wall hangings were an inspiration
to William Morris. He visited French weavers in 1878 and described the workshops
at Aubusson as 'a decaying commercial industry of rubbish'. A year later he had a
high-warp loom built in his bedroom where he taught himself to weave from an 18th
century French craft manual. With colleagues and friends he designed tapestry wall
hangings like the Woodpecker, and the tree of life tapestry. William Morris
inspiration was based on medieval styles and techniques. The weavers at Morris
and Co. achieved commercial success and, more importantly revived the ailing craft.
Our European tapestry wall hangings make great gifts for any occasion.
They are gifts that you will be long remembered by. A European tapestry wall
hanging will be cherished forever and will be an heirloom in the making.