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Extremely Fine Antique Pictorial French Tapestry Hand Knotted circa 19th Century

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Extremely fine antique pictorial French tapestry, hand knotted, circa 19th century Story of Farmer and Wolf Tapestry is a form of textile art, traditionally woven by hand on a loom. Tapestry is weft-faced weaving, in which all the warp threads are hidden in the completed work, unlike cloth weaving where both the warp and the weft threads may be visible. In tapestry weaving, weft yarns are typically discontinuous, the artisan interlaces each colored weft back and forth in its own small pattern area. It is a plain weft-faced weave having weft threads of different colors worked over portions of the warp to form the design. Most weavers use a natural warp thread, such as wool, linen or cotton. The weft threads are usually wool or cotton, but may include silk, gold, silver, or other alternatives. Tapestries have been used since at least Hellenistic times. The form reached a new stage in Europe in the early 14th century AD. The first wave of production occurred in Germany and Switzerland. Over time, the craft expanded to France and the Netherlands. The basic tools have remained much the same. In the 14th and 15th centuries, Arras, France was a thriving textile town. The industry specialized in fine wool tapestries which were sold to decorate palaces and castles all-over Europe. Few of these tapestries survived the French Revolution as hundreds were burnt to recover the gold thread that was often woven into them. Arras is still used to refer to a rich tapestry no matter where it was woven. Indeed, as literary scholar Rebecca Olson argues, arras were the most valuable objects in England during the early modern period and inspired writers such as William Shakespeare and Edmund Spenser to weave these tapestries into their most important works such as Hamlet and The Faerie Queen.  

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  • Place of Origin
  • Date of Manufacture
    1850
  • Dimensions
    H 24 in. x W 45 in. x D 24 in.H 60.96 cm x W 114.3 cm x D 60.96 cm
  • Seller Location
    Chevy Chase, MD
  • Seller Reference Number
    SKU- 76809-VM- Size 2'0" x 3'9"
  • Reference Number
    LU4732116272901
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