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A Handbook on Tapestry Wall Hangings

Bayeux Tapestries
Bayeux Tapestries are a special kind of Tapestry depicting scenes of the commemoration of
the Battle of Hastings. The original Bayeux Tapestry measures 20 inches by 230 feet depicting
scenes of the 1066 Battle of Hastings, with Latin annotations. Today, it is preserved in a
special museum in Bayeux, France.
Bayeux Tapestries were first commissioned and created in France. Its origin is perhaps a
controversial subject with some claiming that Queen Matilda, William the Conqueror's
wife, was the one who commissioned it. Other experts claim that it was Bishop Odo, the half
brother of William the Conqueror, commissioned it. Whatever the controversy is, the
popularity of Bayeux Tapestries has survived ages. Many replicas of the original Bayeux
Tapestry are made. Some Tapestries like the D-day Tapestry are inspired by it.
Tapestry as a unique form art flourished in Ancient Greece. European Tapestries as a form
of literary expression then spread to countries like France, England, Netherlands, and
Belgium. These countries never short on skilled weavers and raw materials were the
flourishing centers of European Tapestries art.
Belgian Tapestries are regarded as one of the most artistic Tapestries. With complex
designs and fine finishing, Belgian Tapestries are a masterpiece of European Tapestry and are
displayed in public buildings and museums all around the world. Belgian Tapestries are also
inherited and preserved in private collections.
European Tapestries are still popular as one of the best manifestation Art Tapestries.
Pictures of landscape, cities, countryside, animals are usually depicted in Art Tapestries.
Religions, mystery, works of great painters are also popular themes of depiction in Art
Tapestries.
The best Tapestries are woven out of fine quality fabrics like cotton, silk, wool, and linen. At
times these fabrics are also combined as raw material to produce the Best Tapestries. Strands
of gold and other precious metals are sometimes used as raw material.
Other popular types of Tapestry are the Unicorn Tapestries, Royal Tapestries, and Portiere
Tapestries, apart from a wide range of small sized Tapestries that can used as table runners
and mats, throws and wall hanging.
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