WONDERFUL WORLD OF TAPESTRY ART – There a many people who would happily go out and buy a painting in order to add a focal point to a room. As art has evolved more and more people are also turning their eyes towards modern contemporary art that fits better with modern and contemporary living lifestyle.
When it comes to tapestries many people envision these as art of a bygone age that are more at home in medieval castles or stately homes and therefore do not consider purchasing a tapestry for the home.
I personally think there is still a place for tapestries in the home and believe it or not the art of tapestry has evolved along with all other art forms and no longer restricts itself to images of centuries past. In fact the art of tapestry is still very much alive and there are some incredible contemporary tapestries available if you know where to look. Of course if the tapestries of the 14th century are your thing then originals and modern day interpretations of these are also available.
Below, I want to take you on a journey in the pursuit of enlightenment that will clearly show you that there is, and will remain, a place for tapestries in the modern home. Just before we move on I would like to pay homage to the website in which I found these wonderful examples. As usual I am no way affiliated to the website nor do I take a commission for any sales that may occur – I write about and share what I feel my readers are interested in. You can view more of the tapestries at: Tapestry-Art.com
Tapestry 1. Draped Bouquet
This first example is inspired from 18th century and was woven in France. This stunning tapestry is woven using fine wool with a cotton blend. I wanted to use this as the first example so that my readers have a clear idea of what is often pictured in the minds-eye when talking about tapestries and this is a classic 18th century example.
Tapestry 2. Lady with the Unicorn
OK, you are probably wondering what I’m doing as I did say that we would be looking at modern and contemporary tapestries. Bare with me a moment and take a careful look at this medieval tapestry. Note anything strange? Look at it’s setting. It is hung on a wall in a modern, contemporary style home and look how well it fits in. Would you have thought that such a stunning piece of medieval art could blend so well with the modern?
Tapestry 3. The Moon
This next tapestry should conclusively dispel any rumors that all tapestries are either floral or medieval type scenes. It’s almost hard to believe that this is in fact a tapestry, rather than a very beautiful painting. This is a classic example of how tapestry weavers have moved on with the times in order to produce pieces that do fit with any style of modern interior design.
Tapestry 4. Panel with Ducks
Again another superb example of modern day tapestry art that takes on a persona of being oriental in design and style. In fact this beautiful tapestry was hand woven in Belgium from 70% cotton.
Tapestry 5. Lascaux Horses
If you love your horses then this modern tapestry should really appeal. This wonderful creation was woven in Belgium using a blend of cotton, wool and trevira. If you are wondering what Lascaux then these are caves in Central France where there are some stunning painting from early man.
Tapestry 6. African Art
This next tapestry moves entirely away from any perception one might have about traditional tapestries. This bold piece of modern art, depicting an African theme, through rich deep earthen oranges and reds makes this an imposing piece of modern contemporary tapestry art.
Tapestry 7. The Kiss
In this tapestry I think you have the best of both worlds, a modern contemporary piece of art that has a feel of the medieval which is expertly lifted with the use of so many vibrant colors. You might be thinking that tapestries are very expensive and like most things in life you pay for what you get, but just to give you an idea, you might be surprised to learn that the tapestry below is just $280 and measures 46″x27″ – so quite an imposing piece for not a lot of money.
Tapestry 8. Hotel de Paris
A truly wonderful French scene that is expertly woven using 70% cotton. Once more we can see just how diverse a tapestry can be and indeed the diversity in modern tapestry art is enormous.
Tapestry 9. Mosaic
I think this has to be one of my favorites, simply because it crosses the boundary of medieval to contemporary modern art so dramatically. Look closely how the traditional themes of tapestries, with the leaf patterning, is carefully fused with the vibrant contemporary look.
Tapestry 10. Passage to San Marco
This tapestry was actually woven from a painting by Bob Pejman and with all the colors of thread used, provides a wonderfully colorful and vibrant scene.
I am sure you will agree that the normal perception of Tapestry Art goes far beyond and that they are indeed capable of fitting in with modern and contemporary interior designs. Above is just a fraction of what is available and I am sure, whatever your taste in art, the chances are you can find a variation of that in a tapestry.
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