The use of tapestry dates back to the 1450s, what started as a curator’s favorite ended up being an integral part of home interiors in modern days. The earlier beautiful custom tapestry was in trend, as queens would long for exquisite jewelry the kings had a fascination for intricately designed and hand-woven tapestry from far lands. This ancient piece of textile has been in use for thousands of years and traces of some beautiful tapestries have been found in civilizations from Thailand, Egypt, Peru, and the Netherlands. Over these years skilled weavers have kept this tradition alive, with beautiful designs and colorful weavings to create the most intricate designs they could ever dream of.
Tapestry is an Art
A lot of people would confuse it by saying it is a craft, but they must understand that this is a meticulously woven long piece of textile with a unique design, and the style is not a surface work such as hand embroidery. It is in the recent 150 years that it gained popularity as an Art form in itself rather than a craft, done by women.
Uses of Tapestry
Over centuries tapestries were primarily used as insulation on walls of rich and affluent people’s homes including king’s castles and are being used in a more versatile manner in the modern days. These days’ tapestries are not limited to walls, but they are being used as furniture covers, wall hangings, bedcovers, decorative artwork, tote bags and purses, and table covers. With endless design variations ranging from intricate designs to contemporary bold designs in subtle and bright colors are woven carefully to suit the customer’s demands. The choice of custom tapestry is still a great way to get a personalized theme for your personal spaces.
Materials used in Tapestry
Traditionally wool was being used to weave these exquisite tapestries. Wool was used in warp and weft of the tapestry, as wool was available in abundance and is easily dyed. Not only this wool has several qualities which most people may not know, but wool is also generally fire-resistant, moisture-wicking, resistant to mildew and mold, Extremely pliable, wool is excellent insulation from wool and cold weather, besides being hypoallergenic, all these qualities make wool tapestry extremely valuable and sought after. But in modern times the use of linen, cotton, silk, gold, and silver in wefts as alternatives and as per design has gained popularity as well.
Types of Tapestry weaves
Tapestry is woven with colored threads that run horizontally called as “Weft” in a plain weave. There are four types of tapestry weaves one can find them as single weft Tapestry, Two wefts Tapestry, three weft tapestry, and combined warp and weft tapestry. It is entirely a work of art when different colors are inserted in the weft and beautiful designs surface by the end of each project. The end result achieved after using these weaving is unique in beauty, texture, and design.
Differentiating a rug and a tapestry
Rug and Tapestry both are extensively used in interiors so much that they are often confused with each other. Rugs are to cover the floor, whereas tapestries are used on the walls or hung up against walls. Unlike rugs which are used to cover the floor tapestries are pieces of art that speak volumes about the owner’s taste and style.
Maintaining a tapestry to last longer
A regular dusting with soft clean cotton will do the best it needs, maintaining tapestry is effortless, all you need to do is be gentle on them never use or put them in direct contact with sunlight, to preserve the color and avoid shrinkage. Ironing can be done carefully by using a light dye-free fabric over them. While ironing one must be careful not to use high-temperature settings, or the best is to give the tapestry to an experienced dry cleaner specializing in tapestry cleaning.
If you have not tried tapestry yet in your interiors, maybe it’s time you try one and see how it completely transforms the look of your house. Besides these days when everyone is going back to saving energy, these tapestries can be put back in use on your walls to keep your home or office insulated from outside weather.