When you think of decorating your home or work space, tapestries would be something that comes into your mind. You can find a variety of them such as ancient tapestries, modern tapestries, European Tapestries, Asian tapestries and so on. Of all of these, Belgian Tapestries are amongst the most well-known.
Belgian tapestries are known for their unique designs and presentations. They have been there since centuries.In fact, only the most beautiful countryside and historical significant tapestries are produced in Belgium. Made out of high-quality materials, these tapestries are exported to tapestry merchants all over the world.
Belgian Tapestries have been there from the medieval ages, attributing the country with hundreds of years experience in the fine art of weaving. European tapestries originated much before the medieval times, in France. Duringthe Hundred Year War Many French weavers fled to Belgium. Before the introduction of Jacquard loom, all tapestries were woven by hand and it had become a skill that was passed on to Belgium families for centuries after the first weavers arrived.
Around 1805, Joseph Marie Jacquard developed the sophisticated loom applying punched cards to grip the position of threads in weaving process.As far as making designs for tapestry and weaving, Flanders became one a most important area where workshopsand studios were located. Since Flanders fell in the territory of Belgium, Belgium became the first place in Europe to produce tapestries.Also, Belgium Jacquard mills are amongst the top tapestry producers to produce and export the tapestries worldwide.
Types of Belgian Tapestries
There are mainly two types of Belgian Tapestries - Bayeux Tapestries and Beatrix Tapestries. Bayeux Tapestries uphold the medieval style of the Belgian tapestries. Historic moments of the Battle of Hastings are the main themes of these tapestries.
The war scenes are in fact embroidered on the Bayeux tapestries rather than being woven. Therefore, it cannot be technically called a tapestry; yet it is. Bayeux tapestries were adorned in churches as well as the wealthy houses of England. At 1.6 by 224.3 feet, these tapestries are considered exceptionally large. The background, against which the figures and decoration are embroidered, is left absolutely plain, so as to show the subjects very clearly.
Beatrix Tapestries represent the designs of natural beauty, romance of nature, wildlife and social life of Belgium. If you want to fill the blank wall of your work space or house, a Beatrix tapestry would definitely be a great choice.
Tapestry weaving is one of the ancient forms of art which has been passed on from one generation to another. Today, this magnificent art lives in the tapestry products manufactured and distributed by Mille Fleurs Tapestries.
You can see some of the most famous Belgian tapestries at a few art galleries of Europe. However, if you would like to purchase one of these, you may do so online or from any art gallery that offers them for sale. You may also find some at art festival auctions.
Happy tapestry shopping!
Thanks & regards
Dr. Hitesh Sharma
Bless International (™)