For centuries many different cultures have used tapestries to decorate their buildings, churches, and homes. Today that trend has continued. Tapestry wall hangings are one of the most accomplished and durable textile-based art forms and comes from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, giving the tapestry a true historical view.
In modern times tapestries have become a very popular element of home decor and they are being used in many unique ways. Many elegant styles from floral and landscapes to medieval tapestries, and modern art can be used to create a tapestry that’s truly a work of art, providing the weaver has the skill to do so. These add an entirely unique dimension to this traditional form of art, while many interior decorators and art enthusiasts enjoy the many benefits of tapestry art.
Traditional tapestry wall hangings, particularly those from Medieval times, were produced from wool. This provided a strong fabric for applying many dyes and pigments as well as the added durability and maintenance. Wool tapestries when mixed with synthetic polymers have the distinct advantage of preserving the traditional warmth of standard wool tapestries. The basic use of natural materials has remained a staple with tapestry weaving, even with present day weavers.
The modern wall tapestry makes the most of varying blends of fibers, using new and improved fibers to reproduce classical art works and famous tapestries from the past. With the improvements made to pigments and dyes, we can buy faithful reproductions of historical tapestry designs like those found in many European museums and churches.
Another popular choice is the use of chenille for modern tapestry wall hangings, mainly because it is a flexible material that is soft and adaptable. It can be used in a broad range of home decorative settings, including wall tapestries, cushions and tapestry throws. When decorating your home chenille tapestries can add an elegantly soft touch, that adds warmth and versatility to any decorative setting.
A chenille tapestry can often be used in many ways, such as a wall hanging or used as a tapestry throw for your sofa or chair. However the real popularity of chenille tapestries comes from the fact that they can make the room feel warm and comfortable.
If you would like to add something unique in decorative style, consider choosing a tapestry that will bring a breath of fresh air into your living space. Some spaces can present a decorating challenge, such as an office or fairly large room. Many forms of high quality art tapestries can aide the home decor enthusiast, as well as add a sense of history, expand living space visually, create the basis for a theme, add color and give your home,personality and charm.
Choosing a tapestry and using it creatively can minimize and solve a decorating problem by presenting a flash of color or opening a window to another time or place. With a vast range now available it is easy to find a wall tapestry that will provide you with many years of viewing enjoyment.
If a room is small and needs something to make it feel less cramped, consider choosing a tapestry that has vibrant colors and blends well within your existing decor. This could be a city, floral, castles or a traditional tapestry design such as Medieval. Choosing a horizontal tapestry will help add width to a room or try opening a space by choosing a tapestry with doorways and windows.
If your room is large, tone it down by hanging a series of small to medium size tapestries drawn together. This creates the illusion of a smaller space and can bring a large, blank wall down in size. Hanging small tapestries together will add a truly distinct look and feel. When decorating in this manner be sure to choose tapestries of a similar theme and style.
European Wall tapestries can encourage reflective and tranquil moments, enlighten any living space and are perfect subjects of conversation. They also elevate our decorative needs, add charm and warmth to our homes.
All of these qualities have made wall tapestries a popular choice amongst art lovers for centuries. Today with the use of modern weaving, fabrics and centuries of age old tradition, wall tapestries are as charming, versatile and beautiful as ever. A tapestry wall hanging is an heirloom that can be past down for generations.
Author : Sean Russell
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