Tapestry Art - Verdure Tapestries

Tapestries were produced in Europe from around the twelfth century, when it is believed, the art of weaving was introduced from the East. It is thought some small scale Tapestries may have been produced during Medieval times. However, it was actually towards the end of this period, and throughout the Renaissance, when Tapestry Art production reached a pinnacle. From the fourteenth to the seventeenth century, France and the Low Countries would create some of the most incredible Tapestry Art ever produced. Up until 'The Hundred Year War' from 1337 to 1453, Paris was considered the centre of production for Tapestry Art in Europe. However, as war raged in Europe, many weavers left the France and moved North, primarily to Holland and Belgium. Many Tapestries were destroyed, but after the war a new period of learning and development would begin.

The Renaissance marked an important revival of the Arts, and major design changes came about, within Tapestry Art. By the second half of the fifteenth century many workshops, especially in Northern France and the Southern Netherlands regions, were exporting Tapestries throughout Europe. By the end of the fifteenth century, the Brussels Tapestry workshops began to dominate production. Although some French, independent, Tapestry weavers did continue working, they could not match the sheer scale by which Brussels and the Netherlands were producing Tapestries. Once again, war would disrupt Tapestry production, as weavers were forced to relocate in Europe. Later, toward the end of the sixteenth century, Paris, once again, along with Munich and Delft would become the recognized 'European Centres' for Tapestry production.

It is not entirely certain where 'Verdure Tapestries' were first produced. However, it is known that by the sixteenth century, they had become a recognized Tapestry Art form. The word 'Verdure' is a derivative of the French word 'Vert', meaning green. Initially, 'Verdure Tapestries' were characterized by their green tones, complex foliage and flower motives. 'Verdure Tapestries' became regarded as works of art in their own right, yet were considered relatively inexpensive at the time. As their popularity rose, more expensive designs incorporating wildlife were produced. It is the more elaborately designed 'Verdure Tapestries' that we most often associate with the Verdure style today. For centuries 'Verdure Tapestries' remained highly popular, and were made on a huge scale for exportation. That was, until the arrival of wallpaper, which served as more economical way to decorate a room.

In recent years 'Verdure Tapestries' have seen a revival, and is a popular choice of Tapestry Art for the modern home. A 'Verdure Tapestry' can change a room, by creating a striking and impressive focal point. Something which cannot be matched by wallpaper alone. If you are looking for a classic example of Tapestry Art, the subtle earthy tones of 'Verdure Tapestries' can deliver that, whilst also being compatible with almost any style of décor. They are available is a range of sizes, which means you can enjoy their aesthetic beauty virtually anywhere, and within budget. 'Verdure Tapestries' are historically considered to be among some of the most famous Tapestries ever produced. Today they have been accurately recreated for you to enjoy in your own home.

'Verdure Tapestries' are highly stylized. However, you will find a good selection of themes to choose from. Fawn and Fauna, plus wonderful images of French Châteaux, classic gardens and scenic landscapes. The lush greenery depicted in 'Verdure Tapestries', along with the idyllic scenery cannot help but create a beautifully harmonious and natural focal point within a room. Peaceful, intricate, yet unobtrusive imagery which will complement and add to the ambience of your home. A Tapestry is an investment that will be there for generations to come. 'Verdure Tapestries' have always been admired by collectors and art enthusiasts alike. Today, these Tapestries are produced by some of the most respected Tapestry Art manufacturers in the world. Since the invention of the Jacquard Loom, and the development of computerized machinery, Tapestry Art has become an accessible commodity. Of course, you are by no means limited to 'Verdure Tapestries', there is an impressive variety of tradit! ional and contemporary Tapestry Art available. 'Verdure Tapestries' appeal to many people. However, with such a huge selection of Tapestries available, you could never be short of inspiration for your home.

Tapestry Maps - The World at Your Fingertips

We, as humans have an inbuilt curiosity in the world around us. A curiosity which drove the first man to the end of the world, a world everyone previously believed to be flat. Later it would send others to the moon. As people learned more of the world around them, they sought a way to record their discoveries, and these records became known as Maps. Tapestry Maps add a new dimension to these ancient maps which were indeed, regarded as works of art. Like Tapestries, they were considered of great value to those who possessed them. Therefore, Tapestry Maps are two remarkable works of art, combined into one. For those people who were born journeymen, Tapestry Maps are another exciting way to feed the desire to study and familiarize ourselves with the planet we live upon. A Tapestry Map might record a time and place significant in our lives, a fabulously unique way to catalogue our travels and experiences. A far cry from the 'tourist bait' souvenirs which usually signify nothing,! and are, invariably, of little value. Tapestry Maps add charm and beauty to a room and also provide a focal point for interesting conversation.

Conquering uncharted horizons has been the obsession of man since time began. Therefore, it seems only natural that even today, we find Tapestry Maps so appealing. The Egyptians, Babylonians and of course, the Greeks were some of the most advanced civilizations of ancient times. It was their fascination of geography that compelled them to create maps. Today, you will find a huge variety of Tapestry Maps available, beautiful ancient maps of the world, the West Indies, Jerusalem and Europe, for example. Around 1400, the very first 'world map' was created by the Greek astronomer Ptolemy. The very first Tapestry Maps were produced during the sixteenth and seventeenth century, and they were of great interest to those who were lucky enough to own them. Reproductions of ancient maps, through Tapestries, reveals their remarkable attention to detail. This is why so many collectors love the authenticity of Tapestry Maps.

Many modern Tapestry Maps are based on ancient maps and are, most definitely, considered works of art. With such a meticulous attention to detail, there are few people who would not be impressed with these Tapestries. Many of these Tapestries feature mythical creatures and gods, as did much of the ancient cartography, adding to their decorativeness and interest. This type of old world Tapestry Map is highly popular. If cartography is as equally important to you as the artistic imagination of the draftsman who created it, these Tapestries are definitely an appropriate choice. Of course, if you do not wish to have Mermaids and Gods embellished on your Tapestry Map, you will find a variety of more modern, non embellished, Tapestries available. Tapestry Maps stay true to their original purpose, focusing on the charts themselves. The incredible detail and artistry of Tapestry Maps provoke intrigue and interest in all those who view them. If cartography is something which appeals ! to you, you will love the depth and authenticity of Tapestry Maps.

A classic world Tapestry Map often features two globes which depicts both the ancient Eastern and Western worlds. Others might reflect the style of one of the most famous maps ever made, "Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica Ac Hydrographica Tabula". A map created in 1630 by Henricus Hondius, a Dutch cartographer. However, whichever Tapestry Map you prefer, composition is important to everyone. Although both styles are highly popular Tapestry compositions, there are many other options available to you. Of course, where you intend to hang your Tapestry will also have a huge influence on your decisions. Lighting is important, especially with regards to Tapestry Maps. Insufficient light will not only affect the overall impact of your Tapestry within the room, it will also mean important detailing is lost. Tapestries are available in various sizes. Nevertheless, whether it is large or small, all Tapestries need appropriate lighting to display their true beauty, and without dou! bt, Tapestry Maps are beautiful. Of course, direct sunlight is not recommended. Choose wisely and your Tapestry Map will be around to enjoy for many generations to come. Because such beauty as this is timeless, as is people's intrigue of the world around them.