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Quick Facts About Tapestry

Tapestry is defined as a textile art which is usually woven on a vertical loom but it can also be woven on a floor loom. It consists of two sets of interwoven threads, with one running parallel to height and one running parallel to width. Tapestry is woven using the weft method and as a result, all warp threads are invisible. Weavers traditionally use natural threads such as cotton, linen and wool but they sometimes also decorate their tapestries with prestigious materials including gold and silver.

A Brief History of Tapestry

Tapestry is known to be created at least since the time of ancient Greece, while the oldest Greek tapestry found so far dates from the 3rd century BCE. Tapestry remained popular through the Middle Ages and Renaissance when it had both aesthetic and practical purpose. Tapestries that hanged on the walls of medieval castles and palaces provided insulation during the winter and gave the rooms an additional appeal. In the later Middle Ages, tapestry in Europe was elevated to a higher level, especially after the rise of the Netherlands and France as the leading wave producers.

Modern Tapestry

Interestingly, tapestry production didn’t change much over time and the tools more or less remained the same. Most tapestries are still produced on the Jacquard looms (mechanical loom that was invented by Joseph Marie Jacquard in 1801). However, in the recent years many artists also began to use computerised tapestry production process.

Famous Tapestries

Some of the finest tapestries ever created include: