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Tapestries for the Holidays

Friday, December 1, 2017 12:13:04 PM America/Los_Angeles

 

Tapestries are common decorations that have been around for many generations with designs that capture the celebration of a successful harvest and the holidays.

A wall tapestry is a great choice to fill up empty walls whether the space is small or large. Similar to being in a room with a cozy fire, being in a room with a tapestry brings about a warm and inviting feeling. The type of feeling that is perfect for the holidays! In addition to being visually pleasing, they help dampen unwanted noise and also provide insulation as well. It is the perfect addition to any room.

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Modern Interior Design Tips with Tapestry

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 4:05:30 PM America/Los_Angeles

 

Few interior decorating ideas can light up a room and capture the attention of all observers like a uniquely installed wall tapestry. Any room will quickly become a source of fascination when adorned with a spectacular handwoven tapestry depicting a scene from the Norman Conquest of England, the famous Medieval Mille-fleurs scenes, or perhaps a woven reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci's exquisite Salvator Mundi.

If you're looking for a really different way to inject some style, class, and even a little historical intrigue into your home decor, you should consider acquiring a tapestry masterpiece. Here are a few suggestions on how you might decorate your special tapestry room to make it a stunning reflection of your own good taste.


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Medieval Mille-Fleurs Style Tapestry

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 5:27:13 PM America/Los_Angeles

 

For those unfamiliar with the mille-fleur ('thousand flowers') style of tapestry creations, they were originally used during the Middle Ages, primarily around the period from 1480 - 1520. Experts believe that the style is derived from the medieval custom of strewing cut flowers upon the ground for important events such as festivals.

The style is fairly easy to identify, being characterized by a background where hundreds of flowers of all types are depicted, generally against a green setting representing grass. After its debut in the Middle Ages, the millefleur style also enjoyed a noteworthy resurgence in the 19th century, when it was used in some of the Kelmscott Press publications, as well as original tapestries designed by Morris & Co. of England.


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History: The Lady and the Unicorn Tapestry

Thursday, October 12, 2017 12:26:00 PM America/Los_Angeles

 

The Lady and the Unicorn is the modern name used to refer to a collection of six inter-related tapestries which were originally woven by artisans in Flanders, near the end of the 15th century. Since they were created in the 'mille-fleurs' (thousand flowers) style, they are thought to have been woven either in Bruges or Brussels, where that style was expertly practiced. The tapestries were commissioned by the Le Viste family, most likely at the explicit request of Jean Le Viste, who was a powerful nobleman in the court of King Charles VII. The tapestries are considered one of the greatest works of art produced in the Middle Ages.


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How Tapestries Were Made in Medieval Times

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 8:37:48 PM America/Los_Angeles

At Heirloom Tapestries, we offer a variety of medieval-inspired, handwoven tapestries for your home. Though our tapestries are still handwoven by skilled artisans and many designed to replicate Medieval tapestries, the process for making them is different than it was back then. One of the best parts of the beautiful artistry of tapestries is the colorful and fascinating history behind them. Therefore, in this blog, we will go over how tapestries were made in Medieval times.

Though the word “tapestry” now describes a variety of textiles, historically, it refers to a specific type of weft-faced textile that is handwoven on a loom. In Europe, the loom is composed of two rollers, between which there are plain warp threads. In the large tapestry factories of France and what is now known as Belgium, these warps were made of wool. In Germany...

 

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Where Should I Hang My Wall Tapestry?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 8:32:23 PM America/Los_Angeles


 

In our last blog, we went over how to hang your wall tapestry. However, we may have gotten ahead of ourselves; after all, before you actually hang your tapestry, you have to decide where you want to hang it. For some, it will be immediately obvious where you want to hang your custom tapestry from Heirloom Tapestries; you may even have already had a location chosen in your mind when you commissioned your custom piece.

However, even if you know where you initially thought you wanted to hang your tapestry, you might go to hang it and find that it is actually not going to work! Whether you commissioned a custom tapestry or selected an already-made tapestry from our cornucopia of beautiful woven wall art...


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