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TAPESTRY - With samples dating back to pre-Hellenistic times, the history of tapestry is as rich and varied as the times they have celebrated and described. Typically woven on a vertical loom, the artisan interlaces discontinuous horizontal threads back and forth in isolated areas creating an image over the vertical warp much like a painter develops a canvas. While warp foundations are generally linen or cotton, the visible weft threads are likely wool or cotton with silk, gold or silver accents.

Enjoying widespread acclaim in the middle ages through the renaissance, initial European tapestry centered in Arras, France then migrated to Flanders and Brussels. By the 17th century, Flemish artisans usurped all others and created magnificent, large-scale masterpieces. Unfortunately few of these early weavings remain and much of what we know of them must be gleaned from historical documentation and the rare museum collection.

While early weavings generally expressed symbolic emblems, coats of arms and royal imagery as symbols of authority for the court, churches were also likely patrons, commissioning iconic tapestries for official functions and celebrations. Today the majority of antique tapestry available dates from the 18th century onward. Though some pieces echo the repetitive, heraldic motifs of earlier times or feature abstract floral scenes the vast majority of works are figurative in nature, expressing rural landscapes, narrative themes of love, and pastoral subjects.

   
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TAPESTRY 49044D
Design: TAPESTRY
Design No.: 49044D
TAPESTRY 49149D
Design: TAPESTRY
Design No.: 49149D
TAPESTRY 49451D
Design: TAPESTRY
Design No.: 49451D
TAPESTRY 49690D
Design: TAPESTRY
Design No.: 49690D
TAPESTRY 49720D
Design: TAPESTRY
Design No.: 49720D
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