3 Famous Tapestries of All Times

by - Monday, September 17, 2012

Tapestries form an important part of home décor across the globe. The Tapestries, as most of us would know, are a form of a wall art that comprises of woven wall hangings with some scenes or famous paintings depicted on it. They don’t belong to the modern day art, and instead came into existence in medieval times in Europe, where they were used in churches and large castles. Started with religious scenes, these later incorporated major historical events associated with kings and nobilities. Of late, they took inspiration from the daily life chores of the ordinary people.

Back then, the tapestries were used to be very expensive and were used only in huge churches and massive castles of the kings. But today, the replicas of original works are used for home décor by most of us. You can save on tapestries [http://www.tapestries-tapestry.com/] by going for these replicated versions. The original ones are anyhow the part of famous museums in different parts of the world. You would readily find them in the famous museums in any European countries. For this blog, I thought to dive into the history of tapestries, finding out and sharing with my fellow readers about some of the finest tapestries of all times. I hope you would like my efforts.

The Lady and the Unicorn
To be found in the Cluny Museum (National Museum of Medieval Arts) in Paris, ‘Lady and the Unicorn’ represents the magnificent tapestries of medieval times. It is not a single tapestry, but a set of 6 and is known across the world for its mesmerizing beauty. Amongst many other spectacular tapestries found in the Cluny Museum, the Lady and the Unicorn series is known to be the most popular. They were found in Chateau de Boussac in 1841 and got the historical relevance from the writing of George Sand.

William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones
The medieval tapestries were revived in 19th Century and were famous worldwide, courtesy the works by William Morris. He was responsible for the resurgence and popularity of arts movement throughout England during the last years of 19th Century. He was the one behind the revival of many traditional art forms. His tapestries formed the most important part of his entire movement to give new dimensions to the old art form prevailing in England. One of his famous tapestries includes ‘The Tree of Life’. He is known to have a keen quest for art, particularly in the pre-renaissance era of art since his childhood. But his interest in art took a progressive and constructive turn only after he met the famous painter Edward Burne-Jones.

The Jacquard Loom
Joseph Marie Jacquard invented the mechanical loom in (early years of) 19th Century, which was famously known as the Jacquard Loom. The marvelous tapestry depicting the same is on display at ‘The Museum of Science and Industry’ in Manchester, England. This invention paved the way for revolutionizing the tapestry weaving techniques. It made the tapestry weaving much easier and faster.

These were the 3 tapestries, all belonging to the 19th Century are world famous and are cherished till date.
Author Bio : The author is a Professor teaching History in a leading University and is a passionate blogger. He likes to blog about various art forms of the past and their revival thereafter.

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