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Decorating With Tapestry

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In recent years, tapestries have flaunted their way into home décor trends.  A major reason is because tapestries provide the color and beauty of wall art and offering the texture and warmth of area rugs.

In a typical tapestry, warp threads are usually hidden providing a smoother surface. It can be different from conventional cloth weaving where the warp and weft threads are visible. Tapestry can be considered as an art form. Consider it as art created out of textile. Far from your typical ordinary rug, tapestries are handwoven woven textile on a loom that usually depicts a colorful pattern or image. Unlike exquisite rugs and carpets, tapestry mainly is created with a decorative function in mind. But they also serve other useful functions as well.

But the main point of having decorative tapestry is to decorate your home or living space to make it more interesting and add a level of style. Tapestry  early origins have been pointed during the Hellenistic times where samples of Greek tapestry during this time have been preserved and found in the Tarim Basin dating back to 3rd Century BC. Later on, the art of tapestry making became even more popular in Europe during the 14th Century AD where there was a surge in production starting from Germany and Switzerland.

It eventually spread to France and Netherlands as demand for this form of textile art became even more popular. Tapestry provides that elegant and stylish work of art conveniently create out of textile that makes it easier to bring along.

Compare tapestry to a large painting that needs to go through certain preparations during transport in order to protect them from damage. When considering tapestry as art, it should be looked upon like any other valuable painting, with deep appreciation for its creation as well as the wonderful images depicted in it. Tapestry can be a good way to brighten up a home. They are available in any shape, size, color and style. It can easily help to add some style and sophistication in any room.


Appreciating tapestry decor in a home depends on how it is used. A lot of people mistakenly give attention to a tapestry by using illumination in the room. A lot of people try to focus some form of lighting onto the tapestry so that people going into a room might see them. A tapestry can be better viewed in natural lighting coming from a window or from a sun roof. Natural lighting seem to enhance the details that a certain tapestry exhibits, even quite better than any form of artificial lighting.

What’s more, the different phases of natural lighting on different times of the day seem to have a dramatic effect on a tapestry if viewed on a different time. This will add some dramatic effects to the whole room. The wall is the most preferred area for an artful tapestry. It should not be treated lightly as just being another type of ordinary textile. As an appropriate home decor, a tapestry should have its own special place in the room. And this should be somewhere its details and beauty can be fully appreciated.

When putting a tapestry on a wall, it is best to keep it apart from other possible wall decor that might clash for attention. Make sure that the wall chosen for a certain tapestry has enough room to accommodate it. A good rule of thumb is to have a wall with at least four inches larger than the tapestry in terms of height and length.

One of the challenges of using tapestry in decorating a home is on how to properly hang it. Some tapestry can be heavy and not providing the necessary hanging implements. Some tapestries can be pretty delicate and should be treated with most care.

So, which of these amazing ideas are you going to choose to have the perfect home?

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