Wednesday, 8 March 2017

A brief history of tapestries

The first use of tapestries was for insulation. In houses and buildings with stone walls places were cold and drafty. Thick wool rug tapestries were used for this purpose. Tapestries became a decorative piece for halls and large blank walls. Typically they depicted scenes of historical importance and heraldry symbols especially during medieval times. They were also restricted to the upper classes.

In modern times tapestries are available to everyone and used for interior design. The fabric has been made thinner and the design can be complex or simple. The main usage is for artistic design and to add colour to a setting. Another use is to use it to dampen noise in stairways, hallways or rooms with too much echo.

Tapestries are often made to be light weight as they will hang on wall bearings for extended period of times. Many are made out of silk but others are made with heavier fabrics. The tapestry can be woven material or made from stitched or embroidery.

For proper care your rug tapestry should be cleaned by a professional rug cleaner once a year. Silk tapestries will need extra care so the fabric won’t wrinkle or warp. Tapestry fabrication is a great craft for hobby enthusiasts. Tapestries can be both decorative and functional for your home or office.

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