Long ago, these European tapestries were admired and appreciated mainly by aristocrats and royalty. These tapestries were woven in hand into pieces of art and it would take months to complete one master piece. These tapestries are very expensive too. Some the tapestries that were made for these royal people of the earlier days can now be found in the museums and churches, while the rest of the tapestries were passed on families after families and are still guarded by the family for which it was really woven. These tapestries were then and even are mainly used for decorative purposes as wall arts etc.
The history of modern tapestries
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Tapestries nowadays are made out of jacquard loom. It was invented in the eighteenth century and until now this jacquard loom is considered as the main method of producing tapestries. Loom operation naturally speeds up the weaving process considerably. Although this jacquard loom is complex machine and requires a expertise to carry out the whole set of skills, this gives out the intricate and beautiful tapestries as the ones now found in temples, churches and museums across Europe. As a result of the invention of this loom a mass production of wall art tapestries came into effect, which made them available to the common people.
The designs and styles of European Tapestries
Since these European tapestries were invented in medieval times, the ranges of designs and styles exist is limitless. It covers all the designs of art beginning with the romantic scenes of the Renaissance period to the images, verses, religious, modern and abstract art. The reach of European tapestries are comparatively less to that of the Belgian and French tapestries since those countries were the first in dedicating factories to the tapestry weaving. Italian tapestries are also eminent as European tapestries for their stunning beauty and craft sense.