It all started with the Bayeaux Tapestry. Well, ok, it didn’t actually all start there, but the 230-foot-long tapestry that depicts events prior to, during and after the Norman invasion of England in 1066 is the most famous tapestry of all.
Making a tapestry is traditionally a fairly involved process – the weaving, by hand, of different coloured threads to produce a picture or design.
Tapestries can be used to cover furniture but are far more commonly used as wall art.
Things have moved on a bit since the Bayeaux Tapestry so artfully recorded history in the making.
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Tapestries, or wall hangings as they are also known, now take many shapes and sizes and adorn buildings and homes across the world. They offer homeowners a stylish, conversation-starting alternative to pictures. I love the way they often soften the feel of a room.
Some people opt for the more traditional style tapestry – a landscape or a scene from history. While others take a more modern, even funky approach to the wall hangings they choose.
There are some very cool wall tapestries around these days – artwork that can not only brighten a room but potentially transform it. There’s a truly eclectic range of tapestries available at very affordable prices.
Which tapestry for your walls? And where?
You can go meme or inspirational saying, blocks or splashes of colour à la Rothko or Pollock, animals, cartoons, traditional landscapes or portraits or indeed practically anything you care to think of.
You can consider a large tapestry – something to dominate or be a feature on a particular wall. Alternatively – and I’ve seen this done very stylishly – a collection of smaller tapestries positioned carefully at the same height and with the same space between them works well. This works most effectively with artwork the same size. Tapestries – or indeed any artwork – looks great at the top of the stairs or at the end of a hallway.
Your own tapestry
A more recent innovation in wall hangings is the development of custom tapestries. They are what you probably think they are – your design or image. You can upload a favourite family photograph, a design, a business name and logo perhaps or a child’s favourite drawing or painting to create your own wall art. The tapestry can be produced in a variety of sizes and turnaround is quick. Just visualise that family photo from last Christmas as a four-foot by five-foot tapestry in your home. A custom tapestry makes for a great gift.
An interesting alternative
Artworks bring a home to life. An eclectic mix of prints, paintings, tapestries and other wall hangings can evoke memories, express a range of tastes and even make a statement. Artwork displayed in a home can be mixed up a bit over time – you can move things from room to room or put them in storage for a few years. The days of expensively commissioned paintings resting over a fireplace for three generations are gone. Tapestries offer a cool alternative to more traditional art, won’t break the bank and are easy to move around the home or store.