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Framed Tapestry Sampler

19th Century American Framed Alphabet Embroidery Sampler
Located in New York, NY
American Country small embroidered sampler with green and red alphabet in stained wood frame (signed ELIZ. PENN,1820).  
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Antique 19th Century American Country Tapestries

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Wood

Gilt Framed Silk Sampler of Woman & Child Picking Flowers
Located in Atlanta, GA
Gilt framed 19th century silk sampler of woman & child picking flowers.
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Antique 19th Century Tapestries

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Silk, Thread

Antique Framed Sampler, English, Cross-Stitch, Apprentice, Victorian, Dated 1896
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is an antique framed sampler. An English, cross-stitch apprentice piece from the late Victorian period, dated to 1896. Sought after Victorian sampler Displays a desirable ag...
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Antique Late 19th Century European Victorian Tapestries

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Textile

19th Century Philadelphia Sampler in Antique Frame -Dated 1831
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Signed Lydia A. Knight & dated 1831 this fine sampler was found in a Philadelphia . Pennsylvania estate. It is in very good condition but has two areas that are brownish or aged. It ...
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Antique Early 19th Century American Country Tapestries

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Linen

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Framed Vintage Embroidery Sampler
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Framed Vintage Embroidery Sampler Framed Vintage Embroidery Sampler depicting a school with flowers and birds. Cotton on linen embroidery. Wood frame with no glass. In shades of blue...
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Vintage 1940s English Country Tapestries

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Wool, Silk, Linen

  • Framed Vintage Embroidery Sampler
  • Framed Vintage Embroidery Sampler
  • Framed Vintage Embroidery Sampler
  • Framed Vintage Embroidery Sampler
H 24.5 in. W 18.5 in. D 1 in.
Vintage Framed Alphabet Hand Embroidery Sampler
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Vintage alphabet hand embroidery sampler Vintage colorful sampler, silk threads on linen with antique wood and gold frame. circa 1995 Size: 12"H x 14"W x 2"D   
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1990s American Arts and Crafts Tapestries

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Wood, Silk, Linen

English Sampler by Jane Briggs Dated 1830 in a Birdseye Maple Frame
Located in Ottawa, Ontario
English sampler by Jane Briggs, dated Oct.8, 1830 in a contemporary bird's-eye Maple Frame. The sampler is decorated with figures, animals, house and assorted foliage. Done in reds b...
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Antique Early 19th Century English Other Tapestries

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Linen

Finding the Right Tapestries for You

Whether you hang them behind your bed as a dazzling alternative to a headboard or over the sofa as a large-scale focal point in the living room, vintage tapestries can introduce an array of textures and colors to any space in your home.

Woven wall hangings haven’t consistently enjoyed the popularity or earned the highbrow status that other types of wall decorations have over the years, at least not since the 1970s, which was somewhat of a heyday for tapestries. Today, however, these tactile works of art are seeing a renaissance, as modern weavers are forging new paths in the medium while the demand for antique and vintage tapestries continues to grow.

“We are drawn to texture in environments, and we see tapestries as a subtle layer of soft ornament,” says Lauren Larson of the New York design duo Material Lust. Indeed, and a lot of opportunity comes along when decorating with this distinctive brand of soft ornament.

Think of wall hangings as paintings created by hand with fabric instead of oil or watercolors. If you’re not simply securing your treasure to a wall with nails, pushpins or Velcro, tapestries can be stretched over a frame, used to create a canopy in a cozy living-room corner, hung from a rod or placed inside a shadowbox. And because this kind of textile art is hundreds of years old, options abound with respect to subjects and designs.

For richly detailed depictions of landscapes and garden scenes, look to antique Chinese tapestries and Japanese tapestries. Aubusson tapestries are ornate wall hangings manufactured in central France that are also characterized by romantic portrayals of nature. For weavers of mid-century modern tapestries, as well as those working in textile arts today, the styles and subject matter are too numerous to mention, with artists exploring experimental shapes, bold colors and provocative abstract designs.

Antique, new and vintage tapestries can make a room feel warm and welcoming — find yours on 1stDibs now.

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