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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Let's talk tapestries!

Tapestries have been used for centuries to decorate walls, the oldest tapestry samples date back to 3rd century BC. However in 14th century AD starting from Germany and Switzerland, tapestry weaving reached a new level in Europe.

One reason of their use was because of ease of transportation, when the kings and nobleman moved from one castle to other, they would roll the tapestries and take them along. Apart from decorative purposes, tapestries were used to insulate walls in cold winters.

We may not need them for insulation these days, but their decorative use is still going strong.
A rare tapestry
Tapestries in Vatican
Pictures courtesy: Traditional Home, Feb 2011. C. Faudree, Country French living, B.L.Philips Inspirations from France and Italy, etc.

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