Needlepoint Tapestry - Hand weaved Tapestry - Jacquard Tapestry
Introduction to the various kind of tapestries
The term "Tapestry" derives from the Greek "Tapetion" who
gave "Tapas", then in french "Tapis" (a carpet), finally
Tapisserie and in saxon Tapestry.
The oldest written testimony of this technique is in
Ulysse back with Pénélope. Preserved at Metropolitan Museum of Art
Sculpture (Relief) of the grec Art from VIth century dated around 450 BC.
Artiste : Anonyme
the Odyssey by Homer (wrote in VIIIth century before Jesus Christ). Penelope was
the daughter of Icarius. She was the wife of Odysseus and was famous for her
cleverness. Penelope awaiting Odysseus backing home from the Trojan war was
beset by suitors who wanted her to remarry. In order to delay them, she insisted
that she could not remarry until she had finished a shroud for Odysseus father,
Laertes. She worked the day to, but each night unravelled the tapestry. In this
book one talks about a tool, particular kind of frame which uses as well the
weavers as the embroiderers. One cannot thus know exactly if Penelop woves her
tapestry or if she carried it out using Petit point stitch. However the author
call her work a shroud; this leaves to think that her tool was a weaving loom.
The basic elements of a tapestry are an artwork of painter, that one calls
"carton" (paint on paperboard), and, colored threads of wool and silk.
Tapestry or needlepoint Art consists, using these threads, to carry out a
that performs the cartoon.
The "Tapestry" commonly is used today as since centuries to
embellish the interior of homes, particularely walls and for decoration of
furnitures covering. These works line up in the Decorative Art and Textile Art
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