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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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