Until the late Middle Ages, tapestries were largely bought in France and Flanders. Occasionally, Italian noble workshops employed itinerant weavers for short periods to create tapestries. This was known as the “low-wrap” method, and the orientation of the pattern was reversed to fit the room. This technique was used in the Renaissance. Despite the name, there are a wide variety of types of medieval tapestries, each with a distinctive character.
Some of the most famous tapestries date from the late 14th century, when they were considered the grandest medium of official military art. The tapestries celebrated the victories of the commissioning person, and often commemorate a particular event. For instance, the Battle of Roosbeke tapestry was commissioned by Philip the Bold two years after his victory in 1382. It is believed that the set grew to be five metres high and 41 metres wide. The work was deemed inappropriate by John of Gaunt, who thought that the set was inappropriate for a diplomatic meeting in Calais. Although rare, other early examples include the Portuguese Pastrana Tapestries, which were produced in Portugal.
During the Middle Ages, tapestry artists began to use pre-determined color schemes. This meant that each tapestry was made with a specific number of colors and shade changes in mind. Because the tapestries were made for a specific purpose, these artists used color and fiber choices that would achieve the desired effect. In doing so, medieval artists were able to avoid the need to make mistakes while creating a tapestry.
The Arras tapestry is one of the most famous medieval tapestries in existence. It is a masterpiece, containing exquisite details and images that are still popular today. Whether you want to decorate your home with these beautiful works of art or create a focal point in a room, the tapestry is sure to be a great addition to your decor. You’ll be pleased with your purchase.
While many tapestries were made for royalty, you can find beautiful pieces of art for every home. You can even add a touch of the medieval magic to your home by purchasing a Medieval tapestry. These tapestries will evoke memories of ancient times. The intricate designs of these works of art have been admired throughout history. The Loire valley has a wide range of Medieval tapestries, from ‘A Mon Seul Desir’ to ‘The Lady and the Unicorn.
Some tapestries were made specifically for royalty. In fact, many tapestries were commissioned for a royal family. They often celebrated the king’s victories, which are represented in the tapestry. It is believed that the Le Viste family originated in Lyons. The tapestry depicted a knight riding a unicorn is known as the Roosbeke Tapestry. Interestingly, the most famous Medieval unicorn set is the ‘Battle of Roosbeke’.