Normally large size looms have been used to weave tapestries on. Many types of threads have been used to make laces like gold, silk and silver threads weaving several pictures of subjects along with those of the peasant scenes after Teniers, Biblical history, mythology, etc. Tapestries have been used as wall hangings but unlike needlework, it was woven on a loom. It was also erected in levels much larger than would traditionally be used in hand-stitched embroidery; tapestry panels ranging from ten or twelve feet in height and twenty feet long are fairly normal.
The chief medium was wool, but in special patterns silk was moreover used. In some of the most ideal works the use of gold and silver can be seen. The primary heart of tapestry weaving from the year 1500 has been Brussels. But the outputs throughout the years have enormously varied in quality. Biblical and Roman history, peasant, mythology and scenes following Teniers were some of the subjects. Several seventeenth-and eighteenth-century works are let down by the fact that over the years a murky brownish image has faded their red dyes. Brussels tapestries mostly own a mark with a shield with the letter ‘B’ on either side.
At times weavers add their names or initials, in the work. There were two central factories in France. Both the Gobelins and Beauvais were based in the second half of the seventeenth century. Yet the former was a private concern with State support, the latter was a Royal factory and it was only in the late eighteenth century when one could buy any of its productions. Though both did work of the highest quality, Beauvais was mostly renowned for a sequence of panels established on the Fables of La Fontaine, and for many sets of settee covers and chairs. The former was also designed at Gobelins, where about 1775 they made beautiful and ideal sets of furniture covers and matching wall hangings. Example of such decorative harmony is to be seen in a room constructed by Robert Adam, remains at Osterley Park, near London.
A set of furniture (shorn of its wall-hangings but even now intact Gobelins covers) made for Moor Park in Hertfordshire, is housed in the Museum of Art in Philadelphia. A few of these rich ensembles are intact even now, but a collection of tapestries that had been made for a store at Croome Park in Warwickshire has been sold off for a sum of £50,000, and is now seen in the New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art. Yet again in France at Aubusson, tapestry panels, chair covers and also tapestry carpets were produced. Most of the output belongs to the nineteenth century, though the pattern of work is similar to an earlier era. Philip and Michael Wauters, supplying to foreign markets, they wove their tapestry in Antwerp. Works popularized by other plants were copied here with accomplishment, these Flemish tapestries were also at times confused with the English productions they copied. Brussels was the center head of tapestry weaving.
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