Tuesday, March 1, 2016

TAPESTRIES ADD COLOR AND CHARM

TAPESTRIES ADD COLOR AND CHARM


Tapestries are thick woven textiles with an ornamental design mostly a picture on it used for curtains, wall-hangings or chair coverings, etc. As they are also embroidered, done with wool on canvas, which imitates the designs and pictures and the heavy texture of tapestry. Tapestries add elegance to interiors on walls or as curtains and room dividers.
A stylish tapestry on the wall spontaneously adds a Royal touch to the room and to the entire house too. Tapestries could not be considered as mere wall-hangings – more than that, they convey the taste of the house-owner.  Among the finest specimens, the fine materials, rich colours, and intricate detailing make them works of art more than just wall-hangings.
For the past many centuries, tapestries have been associated with the aristocratic lives. They have always had pride of place in a home among all the objects of d├ęcor. In fact, antique tapestries fetch a high price and selection and buying of tapestries can be done with the assistance of antique dealers who are adept in it. They will choose the authentic ones. There are attractive modern ones too which are dealt by tapestry or wall-art specialists. Also are available moderately priced tapestries made of affordable material and with minimal craftsmanship. The prices of these suit most budgets.
Standard tapestries are made up of popular materials like silk and wool. The affordable ones use cotton. Blends are also popular. As a buyer one has to choose from antique specimens, modern jacquard woven tapestries, hand-painted silk-screen wall hangings etc. It could be custom-made by contemporary textile designers. Now-a-days, most of the elite homes across the globe possess the contemporary tapestry art. A few among these are handmade on the artist's looms.
However, since the exquisite ones rank as a special interior accessory and are proportionately expensive at that, they must be displayed with care so as to highlight their beauty. While it would look good in most places, a room in neutral-lines like white or pastel would make an ideal background. If an exquisite designers or antique piece is available, it could be hung on a large, white or cream colour wall in a large drawing room. The absence of any other wall-art would make the tapestry even more striking and there are chances that it becomes the focal point of the room.
There are many other places which could be adorned by tapestries. They are used as window curtains, room dividers, bedspreads, and table cloths. The use of tapestries has become so versatile, that it has become a great interior decor accessory.
Some people use their Chinese silk rug or a custom woven traditional Indian dhurrie, which are too exquisite or fragile to be put on the floor, as a tapestry and hang it on the wall. Tapestries also are hung as a series of small, multiple specimens or a massive, single piece of art which covers an entire large wall or most of it. A decorative flair can be added to the tapestry with the use of special tapestry rods. For those who frame it for added protection if a specially designed frame is used, its overall beauty will be further enhanced.
The varieties of designs that could enter into the tapestries are batik work, the Tree of Life, which is a purpose motif. Indian Gods and Goddesses, geometric patterns, human and animal figures, geometric patterns, human and animal figures, abstract art and the varieties are innumerable. The sizes of the tapestries also do vary from a few inches in width and depth, to larger ones which are several feel long and wide.
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