Tapestry in the interior of the apartment
Tapestry - this is an unusual detail, which is not found in every room. These wall textile paintings are another proof that fashion is cyclical, and the fact that it was popular in the distant XVIII century can find a new life now. At the same time, such an original stylistic decision in the conditions of a modern apartment will be no worse than in an old castle.
From this article you will learn all about tapestries and understand how you can use such a work of art to decorate your own home.
What it is?
For a start it is worth answering the question of what a tapestry is and when it appeared. Tapestries are woven paintings that depict various landscapes, historical scenes or other luxurious images.
It is known that the first tapestries appeared in ancient Egypt.Then they were used to capture some important historical moments. Later, similar equipment was used in France and Switzerland. French tapestries were considered the most luxurious. They were considered not just a wall decoration, but a real work of art that deserves special attention.
Over time, such tapestries spread throughout the world and became a real decoration of luxurious castles and royal residences.
To date, tapestries have become popular again. They are great for decorating houses and apartments in different styles. A luxurious massive tapestry will help convey the spirit of another country and create a mysterious atmosphere in the room.
In addition, tapestries, especially large ones, are capable of damping sounds, which is also relevant in the conditions of apartments with thin walls and poor sound insulation. Such characteristics make it very practical in everyday life. The technique of creating tapestries is still quite complicated, which justifies the high price of products. In addition, now from the tapestry sew carpets, handbags and even outfits.
Now tapestries are called not only antique works of art, but also stylized carpets. Let's look at the main differences between the classical tapestries and models created in a similar technique.
Wall carpets are a trend that is long gone. But stylish tapestries on the contrary are gaining popularity. The simplest option is smooth models without a relief pattern and additional volumetric decor. Created such tapestry carpets in the traditional technique. You can safely hang them on the wall or lay them on the floor, depending on your aesthetic preferences.
A slightly more complex version of tapestries - it is textured products. In this case, the product is created according to the traditional technique, and only then it is decorated with convex stitches. This allows you to create a relief canvas, which is attractive not only because of its appearance, but also to the touch.
Such a combined model is also very interesting in appearance. Here combined several techniques. For example, a crocheted rug can be complemented with elegant embroidery or fringe around the edges.
This is one of the most interesting options for creating tapestries. Such paintings are made of fabric, but other techniques. Most often, these tapestries are created using embroidery, knitting or applique.
Now there are many interesting options for tapestries, both large and small. Therefore, you can safely pick up a beautiful decorative attribute, regardless of whether you need a vintage and truly antique item or just a stylish decorative item without any history it would have kept.
Tips for choosing
Choose a beautiful and truly high-quality tapestry can be really difficult if you are faced with such a task for the first time.
It should be borne in mind that tapestry canvases, unlike outdated massive carpets, can be hung in almost any room. Tapestry can decorate a bedroom, living room, study, children's room and even the kitchen. The only exception is the bathroom and the cold balcony room, where it is simply impossible to create suitable conditions for it.
One of the most important rules for choosing a tapestry canvas is that it was not too bright and matched in color with the rest of the interior.
In general, a tapestry is a beautiful art object, which should only combine different parts of the room. In order not to go over the decor, the tapestry should be the only decorative element in the room, especially if it is small. Next to the canvas do not advise to hang on the wall any additional paintings.
The plot of the image must be chosen based on the style in which the room is designed. It is logical to hang some cute pictures in the room for children, perhaps scenes from famous fairy tales, captured on canvas.
Also highly valued products, which depict different landscapes, historical scenes or reproductions of famous paintings. Such beautiful tapestries may well be an excellent holiday gift for the connoisseur of such works of art. Many will also like the small size tapestry depicting heraldic symbols or paraphernalia associated with a particular country.
By the way, it will be interesting to look at a combination of tapestry canvas with other similar elements, for example, with a veil or pillows made from the same fabric or decorated with similar patterns.
When choosing the right fabric, attention should be paid to the size. As already mentioned, the smaller the room itself, the more compact the picture should be.
Otherwise, you will get a very unpleasant effect - the tapestry will “eat” all the free space and make it visually smaller. In a large room, a small tapestry, on the contrary, is lost against the background of empty walls.
Although it seems to many buyers that all tapestries are similar to each other and are created from the same material, in fact this is not the case. Tapestries are often made from fabrics with high density, and this is the main thing that unites them. Most often, when creating tapestry paintings, modern manufacturers prefer fabrics such as jacquard.
This material has a dense texture, in addition, it is easy to put the necessary images on it.
Less often you can find a thin cotton or dense wool or terry tapestry. But such products have certain advantages. For example, warm wool has such properties as heat and sound insulation, and cotton is suitable for bright rooms.
It’s not just the stuff that’s differentfrom which the tapestry canvas is made, but also the patterns that adorn it. Let's look at the most popular and common motifs.
For a collector and lover of antiques, there is no better find than a stylish tapestry that adorns a reproduction of an old picture, especially if it is a handmade work. The most popular subjects are the image of the hunt (the royal hunt is especially common), balls and receptions, where ladies are depicted in luxurious dresses and surrounded by beautiful things.
This picture fits perfectly into the library or home office, stylized antique. The same applies to large maps of the world with a huge number of fine details and images of various castles and other ancient buildings. For example, a white castle, towering on a hill near the sea, is one of the paintings that will surely delight art lovers.
Another popular genre is landscapes. Here you can find almost anything - from the placer of roses all over the canvas to the image of a small village in the style of Provence. The Garden of Eden or the image of a spreading tree against a background of sunsets is a great option for decorating a bedroom or a living room in any style.All sorts of peonies, roses, sunflowers and other flowers just like girls and romantic natures who appreciate the beautiful.
Individual attention deserve the image of animals. Cute cats or puppies always cause affection in both adults and kids. A picture with red deer is quite suitable for decorating it even with a private office.
The tapestry “house” means an image of simple and familiar paintings: it can be a family scene, a dinner on a table or a bouquet of poppies, fishing or a family dinner. Such a decorative element will add to the room coziness and will definitely delight you for a long time.
A completely different genre - incomprehensible and non-standard paintings, which are called abstract art. Unlike the classics, abstract art is not always clear pictures. Tapestry in this style may well be a simple combination of bright colors. Red, blue and green shades intertwine with each other in such a way that it is difficult to understand exactly what the author wanted to say. But at the same time, this is what fascinates.
By the wayAmong these canvases you can find reproductions of paintings by famous impressionists and abstractionists who will precisely revive your interior and emphasize the good taste of the apartment's inhabitants.
These are the main types of finishes, although, of course, you can find other variants of images. For example, nowadays practical tapestries with a calendar or a picture of a family tree are especially popular. And for the nursery, you can choose a picture with characters from the anime or the pages of your favorite book.
The main types of weave
Most often, tapestries are created using a loom. The essence of hand weaving is that the threads are intertwined. There are several different techniques, and depending on which one you choose, you can get different results. By the way, machines for creating tapestries can be created with your own hands, if you have experience working with wood.
Before proceeding to the weaving of tapestry, you need to choose a suitable pattern and transfer it to the workpiece, consisting of threads stretched on the machine. When such a peculiar sketch is ready, you can proceed to embody it in color.
As a rule, in one tapestry several types of different weaves are combined at once. This allows you to get the desired image and combine flat parts with embossed. Sloping lines are those places where the threads of two colors are connected in one place.
This type of weaving is used where you need to give the image a roundness or make it curved.
Circular technique, according to the master, is not so common. However, it is also interesting in terms of what the result is in the end. Threads of different colors in this case go in a circle, and the finished image seems to be a work of art, painted with wide and confident brush strokes. It looks really spectacular and beautiful.
As the name implies, this technique is used to emphasize the outline of an object. For this, as a rule, more dense threads are used than at the base. If you use this technique, the picture is clearer and more elaborate.
Decorative flagella - this is what can give the finished work an additional attraction.With the help of harnesses, the base of the thread is twisted in certain places. Most often, this technique is used for edging individual fragments or focusing on parts of the tapestry.
In addition to the basics of weaving, you need to remember about additional decorative elements. To decorate the tapestry, feathers, beads and other details are used. Sometimes even grass stalks and dried flowers are woven into the finished pattern. This makes the picture more complete and relief.
Manufacturers and reviews
When tapestries just appeared, the most popular items were those created by French masters. Now everything has changed a little and quality products from tapestry fabric are produced all over the world. French, Italian and Belgian products are very popular.
From domestic products of Ivanovo factories are especially popular. They look beautiful, and in operation are quite unpretentious. Traditional Russian motifs, which cannot be found among tapestries from foreign manufacturers, are also pleasantly pleased.
Domestic tapestries have earned a reputation for quality and inexpensive.They are easy to clean, look good for many years and at the same time you do not have to spend a huge amount to buy this decorative item in your house or apartment. So, even a person with an average salary will be able to afford such a luxury.
Place in the interior
Finally it is worth saying how to use tapestries to decorate any of the rooms. After all, on how appropriate it will be in the interior and how well the picture will fit into it, and the overall impression will depend. Even the most expensive canvas will seem superfluous and inappropriate if it is not right to pick it up. So, your money will be wasted.
Use instead of wallpaper
Beautiful and large size tapestries can be easily used instead of wallpaper if you have a small room. Most often in this way decorate one of the walls. It is more profitable and much more interesting than just wallpapering around the perimeter of a room. Dense tapestry canvases are a great way to insulate a room and create excellent sound insulation.
In the bedroom
A beautiful tapestry can be safely hung in any of the bedrooms.This may be a children's room or a room for adults. Here, by definition, it all depends on what kind of picture is applied to the fabric. For example, in a nursery, it is most logical to use cute cartoon or fairy images, and in a bedroom of a married couple - landscapes or romantic pictures.
In the office or library
Another room with tapestries that deserves attention is the home office or the library. A beautiful old vintage tapestry is a luxurious addition to any cabinet. Here restrained pastel colors, old patterns and other beautiful details will be appropriate.
In a country house
The use of tapestries in country houses or at the cottage deserves special attention. It is in such conditions that they look the most organic. Old or stylized antique canvases depicting nobility, royal hunting or architectural works of art will be appropriate here. With a beautiful and properly chosen tapestry, even the simplest cottage will be much better and more comfortable. And of course, do not forget how well tapestries insulate walls. So, with a luxurious canvas you will be at times easier to survive the cold winter.
Choose a tapestry canvas, which in color and style fits all the features of the interior. The product should be well combined with the color of other fabric products, for example, with curtains, blankets, rugs, pillows or other textiles. So you can create a harmonious and thoughtful interior, which will look much more original than any simple room in a standard design solution.
If before tapestries were used to decorate the homes of nobles or other luxurious premises, now almost anyone can safely decorate their premises with such items. Choose a modern tapestry that matches the style and mood, or buy a luxurious antique item, and your interior will “come to life” and sparkle with new colors.
Learn more about how to decorate the interior tapestry, you will learn from the following video.