Decorative and practical: tapestries
Paintings don’t just consist of a loan board and paint. Some are made on a loom from linen, wool, cotton, or silk. The result is a tapestry, often also called a tapestry. Image weavers have been creating fabric works of art for thousands of years, even since ancient Egypt. Here, and in the rest of Europe, picture knitting was only known as a craft in the Middle Ages. Tapestries were especially valuable back then, but they are now available at more reasonable prices.
A medieval scene is depicted on this tapestry
Tapestries still fulfill a number of useful functions in addition to their purely aesthetic functions. They stop drafts and thus ensure warmer rooms without additional heating. In large rooms, they also help the acoustics by reducing reverberation and thus giving your surroundings peace and quiet. However, they are not intended for floors as they tear easily.
Tapestries shouldn’t lie on the floor, but floor rugs can hang on the wall
As in the past, popular patterns are flowers, animals, fantastic or historical scenes and geometric figures. Some tapestries available on the market follow the ancient motifs, others look very modern. You can choose from many different sizes, colors and materials to make exactly the right choice for your home. We will help you by giving you some decoration suggestions.
Tapestries can also be small, like this one made from colorful tassels
Flowers are always in
A forest landscape of gold and blue
Hang up and maintain tapestries
The tapestries are usually attached using thin nails, strips, frames or curtain rods. So decide in advance where they should hang. The holes cannot be removed again and again if you decide to move to another location in the room. Also measure the available area so that you buy the right size.
Curtain rods are good for hanging the tapestry
Frames can also be used
In flea markets you can also find beautiful, often handmade, tapestries that are not available elsewhere. Take a look around there from time to time. You will definitely find something suitable.
Tapestries require maintenance similar to floor carpets. If they are in the sun, the colors will fade after a while. Dust and dirt also settle over time. Then take the carpet off the wall and sprinkle damp salt over it. After about an hour, knock off the salt and hang up again. This way you get rid of the dirt and restore the colors to some extent.
Over time, the colors of the tapestries will fade, especially if they are in the sun
Tapestries should match the hues of the rest of the decoration in the house, just like paintings, so they don’t stand out too much. Despite their size, tapestries are quite lightweight. So larger works of art can cover the whole wall or just the boring empty areas.
Tapestries should be in harmony with the color palette of the room
Shades of pink are good for a girl’s nursery
Natural shades of green dominate the scene here
These tapestries on either side of the fireplace complete the luxuriously designed living room
In addition, you can attach the fasteners, such as the curtain rods, flowers or fairy lights and thus give the tapestry an additional theme.
These fairy lights go particularly well with the autumn or Christmas season
Flowers and leaves can also be attached
For lovers of the Boho style: You can frame your bedroom with large cloths, which are also considered tapestries in Indian culture, and let them hang from the ceiling. The cloths can be attached to each other with clips. That creates a really dreamlike atmosphere.
Boho style bedroom creates a dream environment
Tapestries can also hang from the ceiling if they are as light as these cloths
As you can see, tapestries are not old-fashioned at all. They can decorate your large living room as huge paintings or please the eyes as small accents. They also keep your rooms noise-free and warmer. Scroll down to the bottom of our gallery for more ideas for designing your own home.
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