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Tapestries, Tradition and Timeless Beauty in Wall Decor

Jul 26, 2008
In medieval times tapestries were the preserve of the aristocracy and wealthy merchant classes, used as a means to display personal wealth and signify the important social standing of the owner. With the advent of mechanisation the cost of creating and owning tapestries has come within reach of everyone, to the extent that there are a plethora of uses within the home. These include bedding items, table dressings, soft furnishings and personal accessories.

The evolution of tapestry design over the centuries is testament to the continued popularity and the skill of those involved in creating them. Modern production methods have dramatically reduced the cost of production and of ownership, in turn broadening their mass market appeal. For many tapestry enthusiasts nothing can match the appeal of an original antique article, as such the market for old tapestries is very strong.

The timeless nature and exquisite beauty of tapestries has endured throughout the passing of time. A tapestry is the ideal cure for a bland room or a large expanse of wall. Tapestries not only add a splash of colour to a room but have the added benefit of providing texture and enhancing the acoustics of large rooms. Many tapestries tell a story which intrigues viewers and may well act as a reflection of the owners own personality.

The tapestries can be used to create a certain perspective within a room when considering interior decoration. For example, if you have a small room and would want to make it appear larger and more spacious, you can use woven wall decorations that have open-space designs, such as landscapes and coastal scenes. Such designs, combined with the unique depth and texture that can only be imparted to a room by this specific type of artwork, will make the room appear to be larger than it actually is.

Of all the subjects depicted in a tapestry, landscape scenes have always been the most popular. The depiction of an outdoor space can take the viewer on a journey away from their current surroundings invoking feelings of calm and stillness within a room. Conversely the more opulent designs can dramatically lift the mood of a room that otherwise may be drab and dark, giving a sense of vibrancy and energy to the overall space.

The way in which a tapestry is constructed is one of its inherent appeals. Consider a landscape scene, in a painting this will be a two dimensional representation of a scene relying on color and shadow to create the mood. Whereas a tapestry has a rich three dimensional quality to it that draws the viewer into the work. The richness of a tapestry is further enhanced by the style of weaving used giving it added depth and texture.

Tapestries as with many forms of art are used to display popular scenes including landscapes, panoramas, historical sites, rural scenes and famous works of art. Tapestries remain ever popular attractions at museums the world over drawing in many millions of visitors each year. It is this huge appeal that has led many people to display tapestries in their own homes to enhance their environment, provide stimulation and create a talking point.

A lot of people opt to buy landscape tapestries for several reasons. First of all, people buy them because of their beautiful subjects, as those mentioned above. Secondly, these decorative works of wall art provide a room with a certain sense of perspective that is uniquely its own. Because of their distinct subject matter, landscape wall art can create a sense of spaciousness, making the room where it is displayed in appear bigger and more expansive than it actually is. It also gives flair and character to the room?s interior and says a lot about the owner?s personality and style. Thirdly, these wall hangings are available in all sizes imaginable, so no matter how small or how big your room is, you will easily find something that will fit just right. Lastly, these works of art are very affordable and easy on the pocket. Since most of these woven works of art with landscape themes are usually reproductions of original works and masterpieces, they produce the same effects for a cost that is so much less.

Tapestries have had an enduring appeal and their popularity shows no sign of waning in the future. Coupled with the desire of homeowners to own unique pieces of art work, along with the varied subject matter and constantly changing designs, tapestries have a long and popular future.
About the Author
Tapestry landscapes are without compare the most popular. One can literally escape the rat race of the day while taking in the view from the living room in your home. Beach tapestries and tapestries of the coastline offer another fine escape in mood and bring relaxation to your world.
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