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Overview of Tapestries & Policies
Overview of Tapestry Products
Tapestries etc. is a specialist in reproduction, original, machine-woven, silk-screened and hand-woven tapestries, offering personal service and expert advice in the selection of the best tapestry to meet your needs. The categories into which we have divided the tapestries have been arranged to aid you in your search. Since there are images, which may fall into more than one category, you may find it useful to investigate all categories.
Our tapestries come ready for hanging including a rod pocket at the top of the back. This rod pocket is not seen once the tapestry is hung. Additionally, the machine woven and screened pieces are lined at the back. Tapestries are a woven fiber art form; therefore, sizes may vary from piece to piece and all sizes are approximate.
Choose one of the historical or subject area suggestions to begin your search through our extensive collection of tapestries. Please note - there is a search feature at the bottom of the home page, which you may find useful.
Overview of Tapestries as an Artform
Fiber arts as an art form are an ancient skill appearing throughout the world. We often initially think of the great captivating works created in the Middle Ages - especially the Unicorn series, that adorned castle walls and helped to protect against the cold; but there are historical records of tapestry work appearing in many countries including ancient Egypt in Africa. Today we use them for visual and emotional warmth, as their presence with all their historical references adds so much to our daily lives and interior décor.
Our selection of magnificent tapestries numbers in the hundreds and crosses all historical periods. These works are manufactured in one of three basic techniques - hand-woven, machine woven and silk-screened. The original pieces were HAND-WOVEN on looms in various weaving styles. This is a long involved labor-intensive process taking many months or, for very large pieces, even years in production. These methods are still being practiced today by trained artisans. The second method is MACHINE WEAVING or Jacquard weaving. This is a machine process which substantially reduces the production time and thereby the cost of a completed product. The third method is the SILK-SCREENING or Serigraph process. This is a printing process the same as that used for fine art prints in which viscous ink is pressed through stencils adhered to fine fabric stretched over a frame. Each color requires a separate frame and screening in which registration of the artwork from the first screening to the last is critical. No method is better than the other, choosing one over the other is a matter of personal taste.
Hanging a Tapestry:
Once you have made your selection; you will want to know how to display it. There are two basic concepts about displaying tapestries - flat to the wall or alternatively with decorative elements requiring the tapestry to project from the wall to allow for the dimension of the accessories. You will choose one of these concepts based on your own taste and secondly on the requirements of the area in your home or office which you have chosen for display.
Hanging the tapestry flat to the wall like a painting is the most straightforward; but, some people prefer a decorative presentation. In this case you will want to choose decorative finials and tassels to adorn the sides of your artwork. The finials are the decorative elements, which are secured to either end of the rod, which slides through the rod pocket sewn at the back of the tapestry. Rods are made of either wood or metal. If you have chosen a tapestry, which has loops at the top, you need to choose a decorative rod as well, since it will be seen between the loops. Finally you may choose from a vast array of tassels of many designs and colors. These you hang at the sides of the tapestry either over the rod or over the finial. There are some variations of hanging lengthy cords over the face of the tapestry - pulling the tassel ends to the sides and winding them around the rod to hold them in place. When choosing accessories consider the colors in the room and those in the tapestry you may want to accent or emphasize.
The entire assembly of rod, finials and tassels are secured to the wall with a bracket into which the rod is set.
What to do after hanging your tapestry? Pour yourself a glass of wine, sit down facing your work and enjoy!
Tapestries etc. Policies are as Follows:
We offer a Free Hanging Rod with each tapestry purchase. This is a
flat, functional rod, which slides through the rod pocket on the back
of the tapestry allowing you to hang the tapestry flat to the wall
like a painting. A large selection of decorative accessories including
rods, finials and tassels are available at additional cost.