True tapestries are woven works of art. All of Our Fine Tapestries are woven on jacquard looms and utilize between nine and seventeen miles of thread in each design. The color palates of the warp and weft threads work in concert to achieve a broad range of colors on the face of the tapestry.
Tapestries have texture not found in any other art form. The combination of the thread colors and weaves create a unique art experience that changes with each viewing angle. See for yourself why tapestries have proven their worth for over a thousand years.
Tapestries Are Revered For Their Elegance.
Tapestries have always graced the walls of fine homes because of their elegance. The art is actually woven into the tapestry using miles of threads and yarns. Dimensions of tapestries can vary by 1-2 inches. The art of the tapestry is unique in all the world as it has a texture to the image that changes ever so slightly as the viewer moves across the room.
Tapestries also add an ambiance to a room as the fabric reduces sound vibrations, enhancing the acoustical characteristics of the room in which they are displayed.
Tapestries Have Withstood The Test of Time.
Tapestries have been used as both an art from and a medium for recording historical events. The famous Beaux Tapestry is a historical account of the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The tapestry was hand woven and took years to complete. Thousands of tapestries have been commissioned as pure works of art, adorning fine homes through the ages. Tapestries today are created with a mix of past and present art.
What is Jacquard Woven?
The Jacquard Loom is a mechanical loom, invented by Joseph Marie Jacquard in 1801, that has holes punched in pasteboard, each row of which corresponds to one row of the design. Multiple rows of holes are punched on each card and the many cards that compose the design of the textile are strung together in order. Each hole in the card corresponds to a "Bolus" hook, which can either be up or down. The hook raises or lowers the harness, which carries and guides the warp thread so that the weft will either lie above or below it. The sequence of raised and lowered threads is what creates the pattern. Each hook can be connected via the harness to a number of threads, allowing more than one repeat of a pattern. A loom with a 400 hook head might have four threads connected to each hook, resulting in a fabric that is 1600 warp ends wide with four repeats of the weave going across.
The threading of a Jacquard loom is so labor intensive that many looms are threaded only once. Subsequent warps are then tied in to the existing warp with the help of a knotting robot which ties each new thread on individually. Even for a small loom with only a few thousand warp ends the process of re-threading can take days.