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Flemish Tapestries: Intricate Works of Art

Flemish tapestries are some of the most highly coveted in the world. At the end of the Hundred Years War, tapestry manufacturers in Arras were forced to flee as a result of pillaging. Many of these tapestry manufacturers relocated to Flanders and continued to practice their trade.

As a result, Flanders became one of the most well known centers for tapestry production and Flemish tapestries thus became highly coveted.

Many high quality Flemish tapestries were produced from families working together. The skills that were used to produce Flemish tapestries were passed down from one generation to the next. The producers of these beautiful tapestries were highly skilled and talented artisans. These manufacturers had to understand how to not only weave but also dye Flemish tapestries in order to create the best overall designs.

One of the main secrets in the production of quality Flemish tapestries was the way in which manufacturers extracted the colors they used in their dyes. Many different plants were used to create the colors that were used in the Flemish tapestries produced during this time period.

Various types of materials were used in the weaving of Flemish tapestries, including Italian silk, Arras thread and even gold and silver threads that came from Cyprus. Despite the skill and talent of the weavers, the process for creating Flemish tapestries was still quite intensive and took quite a bit of time.

One worker could spend about two months creating a square foot of tapestry. As a result, it was commonly necessary for several workers to create large Flemish tapestries. Generally, the individual sections of Flemish tapestries created by different weavers would be woven together at a later time in order to create a single large tapestry. Naturally, this means that many Flemish tapestries have different styles and tensions of weaving.