Be it in a modern or antique style, if you are looking for a design element that embellishes your living room or adds a warm touch to the bedroom, tapestries are the best candidate. Choose it in tone wit the colors and furnishing of your house and combine it with elements that recall its style and a tapestry will contribute to shape an intimate, cozy, as well as sophisticate and refined environment. Tapestries have all the solemnity and charm stemming from their history, but they have also undergone innovation and transformation processes, while coming to our days as furnishing elements of great class and tradition. The most common are wall tapestries, but we can find these complements also among carpets. They can be made in various fabrics, but the most used material is organic fiber: we are talking about the classic wall tapestries. However, there are also models made of synthetic fiber or other materials; in this case we are referring to modern tapestries.
Tapestries between functionality and aesthetics
Tapestries are design elements that are intrinsically connected to the world or craftsmanship and art representation. As of today, tapestries play a merely decorative function, while in the past they where also used for thermal insulation in large Medieval rooms that were difficult to heat. Next to these functions, there is also acoustic insulation, mainly the result o the use of special materials used to this aim. Notwithstanding the functions, the decorative role is undisputed and the aesthetics, in the various styles declinations available, from naturalistic to graphic, is accompanied by an equally important element: the tactile experience.
The materials of tapestries
Tapestries are made of diverse typologies and materials, for different tastes and style requirements. Tapestries in fabrics are the most common and classic. Organic materials such as wool, cotton and linen were used in the weaving of the most ancient models. Still nowadays such fibers are used for the manufacturing of tapestries in wool, silk or cotton. However organic fibers are not the only ones used for tapestries in fabric. Synthetic fibers are as broadly used, indeed, in order to make tapestries in polyester. There are other tapestries made of other materials with a modern design and manufacturing, such as the tapestries in mineral fibers.
Antique tapestries and modern tapestries: a choice of style
One of the criteria the choice of a tapestry should lie on is undoubtedly style. Antique tapestries outstanding quality is that of being made of organic tissue next to their illustrations. Tapestries reflect the cultures and worships of the specific time and space where they are manufactured. The ancient ones woven in Europe could represent different functions and religious celebrations, mythological scenes or portraits of governing personalities such as the monarchy or emperors. In the old continent such works of art were made in the Netherlands and France, in towns such as Arras, hence the name “arazzi”. On the contrary, in Asia tapestries had very different styles and motifs, often naturalistic and floral. In the Middle East, as for the famous Persian carpets, the most important motifs were colorful geometrical ones. Ancient tapestries were almost always hand-embroidered. This characteristic made them extremely refined, so much so that they were sometimes embellished with gold threads. Tapestries that recall this style are still produced, used in houses with classic furniture or to play on contrasts in modern design houses. Modern tapestries stick out for the wide array of making materials and prints, so to combine the creativity of the images with the innovation of the fabrics and of the supporting panels. Not only organic fibers, but also synthetic ones such as polyester and other materials such as mineral fiber, for a design that perfectly suits a modernly furnished space. Modern tapestries are more easily to be cleaned, hence reconcile aesthetics and functionality. Forget about limits to taste and imagination when it comes to prints and weft. The range varies from naturalistic or floral to geometric motifs, real-life or inspired to art works. The outcome of a fabrics is not only measured through its aesthetics and functionality, but also through their texture, depending on the desired material.