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Definition of a tapestry. How to recognise a good tapestry. Where to find the most famous tapestries. Glossary

Where and when the first tapestries were created. How they developed in Europe. History and development of weaving techniques.
Detailed descriptions and pictures which illustrate the process from the yarn to the finished tapestry.
Advice and techniques on how to look after tapestries. How to avoid the most common mistakes.
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What the tapestries are



Tapestries are a kind of fabric with trimmings and figures, made according to a technique already in use in the XIII century in Arras town (from which the Italian word for tapestries, 'arazzi' comes).


Tapestries have ancient origins (for details visit the page dedicated to History). They find their origins in the "Kilim". They are one of the first oriental fabrics, from which carpets also come. They were worked like a tapestry, but in such a way that the top and bottom surfaces were the same. Their origin is so ancient that now it is impossible to establish the place and the time.


Even if there are still workshops where small quantities of tapestries are produced by hand, actually most are produced on Jacquard looms, following a traditional technique that requires many working stages. All of that requires a lot of time and experience (visit the pictures and the descriptions in Technique).


Not all products are similar.
Tapestries and borders can be made with an extremely variable level of care and accuracy between manufacturers.
Here you can find guide-lines to recognize a Jacquard product of quality.


A Glossary is available for a complete understanding of the technical terms







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