Spotlight on Artist Edmund Blair Leighton

The Accolade Wall Tapestry

The Accolade Wall Tapestry

Edmund Blair Leighton (1853-1922) was the son of famous artist Charles Blair Leighton.  Edmund’s paintings focused on medieval scenes.  Leighton was born in London and attended the University College School.   He later went on to exhibit his works at the Royal Academy. Leighton’s was famous for displaying chivalrous and romantic scenes such as “The Accolade”, in which a Queen is honoring a knight by placing a sword over his shoulder.  In medieval times this was called the ritual of knighthood.   His legacy is that of an artist who had an appreciation for romance, morality and humanism.   Many of Leighton’s designs are now made into tapestries.

Portiere Style Tapestries

Le Point D'Eau - Cheval and Flamant Rose Wall Tapestries

Le Point D'Eau - Cheval and Flamant Rose Wall Tapestries

These beautiful French Portiere tapestries are taken from the  famous “Tentures Des Indes” series of 8 tapestries woven during the 17th and 18th centuries. The original artwork was designed by Albert Eckhout.  LePoint D’Eau tapestries are just a few of the popular portiere style wall hangings available today.

Portiere style tapestries were used to cover doorways back in the middle ages.  The narrow widths and long lengths were for practical use.  Today, many home decorators choose portiere style wall hangings  for decorative purposes such as foyer areas, large wall spaces with narrow widths, or for just a sectional wall area.  Portiere tapestries come in singles or matching pairs.

Published in: on February 3, 2010 at 10:04 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Choosing the Perfect Tapestry

Winter Wall Tapestry

Winter by Alphonse Mucha

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Have you bought a new home? Just moved into a new apartment? Tired of the same old wall decor?  You shopped around, checked online, then decided on something unique, wall decor your friends and guests will go home talking about….. a “Wall Tapestry”. Now the decision is what type or design to choose?  With the vast selection of tapestries available it’s easy to find one that’s perfect for your decor.

1. First you must decide what style is your home decor: modern, traditional, a little of this and that?

2. Then you have to decide the size you need:  Small wall space? Huge vaulted area? Or an average size wall space like over a couch size?

3.  What colors do you need.  Vibrant, muted, pastels etc etc.

4.  What is your budget?

5.  Now lets go shopping!

Lets start this post which what seems to be the most difficult to decorate.  Huge open

areas like where vaulted ceilings .  Foyers and stairwells seem to be where you’ll find these spaces.

Many tapestries come in super large sizes and either a horizontal or 2 matching vertical tapestries are your best bet.

Lets look at some that are great for large areas.

Budget is $150.00 to 200.00 range.  Well there are a lot of American made tapestries  that are great quality at a reasonable price.  Here’s just a few to check out.

Great Value Tapestries

Budget is over $200.00

European Tapestries

The tapestry decor industry offers many options for size, style, price and design.

Published in: on January 2, 2010 at 8:41 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Happy Holidays ~ 5% Discount off all Tapestries

Christmas Tree

Merry Christmas

Enjoy a 5% discount off our already low wholesale prices.    Shop today at Touchof Tapestry.com

Have a Blessed Holiday.

Published in: on November 4, 2009 at 8:18 am  Leave a Comment  

Pansu Tapestries ~ French Wall Decor

 Jardin des Delices ~ Pansu Tapestry

Jardin des Delices ~ Pansu Tapestry

J Pansu French-style tapestries are a fantastic addition to any home.  When you think of French decor, tapestries may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but they happen to be one of the most stunning and popular forms of French decor.  A French wall tapestry can bring elegance and luxury to your home.  If you are interested in adding romance to your home as well, a French wall tapestry is the way to do this.  Pansu tapestries all have different types of stitching such as Halluin, Loiselles, Meurins and Gobelins, each that make theses tapestries unique.  These tapestries are of extremely high quality and made with the finest yarns. You will find artwork that will display many different scenes such as Camelot scenes, verdures, unicorns, pastorals, and elegant floral tapestries.

 Rendezvous Gallant ~ Pastoral ~ Pansu Tapestry

Rendezvous Gallant ~ Pastoral ~ Pansu Tapestry

Les Sonneurs du Roi ~ Pansu Wall Tapestry

Les Sonneurs du Roi ~ Pansu Wall Tapestry

Highlight on Art Tapestries

Gardens at Giverny by Monet

Gardens at Giverny by Monet

Art tapestries are based on designs of famous artists. These incredible tapestries are a woven wall hangings that are reproductions of famous artwork. Designs from distinguished artists such as Monet, Pejman, Mucha, and Leighton are just a few of the designs that the tapestry industry has to choose from. Scenes from Monet’s Gardens at Giverny have increasing popularity along with Pejman’s Italian scenes. Home owners who are searching for beautiful landscapes and village scenes choose these fabulous tapestries to grace their homes. If you are looking for Parisian Art Nouveau, then Mucha’s designs will definitely be a conversation piece. Leighton’s art is the epitome of medieval chivalry with his focus on knighthood and romance. Perfect for Old English or traditional decor.

Verenna REflections by Robert Pejman

Verenna Reflections by Robert Pejman

Summer by Alphonse Mucha

Summer by Alphonse Mucha

Accolade by Edmund Blair Leighton

Accolade by Edmund Blair Leighton

William Morris Tapestries ~ The Master Weaver

Vignes and Acanthus by William Morris

Vignes and Acanthus by William Morris

The revival of medieval tapestries in the 19th century has a lot to do with the works of William Morris. Tapestries own their popularity and resurgence to the arts movement headed by William Morris in the late 1800’s throughout England. Morris was responsible for reviving many old art forms, but some of his most famous works were tapestries including the tapestry entitled The Tree of Life. Tapestries were of special inspiration to Morris who though modern production methods and designs were not nearly as creative and noble as the methods and designs of centuries past. He built a traditional high-warp loom and taught himself how to weave in the traditional French manner. He designed some of the most famous tapestries of the time including The Tree of Life and The Woodpecker with help from colleagues. He used medieval styles, techniques, and inspiration to create these famous hangings. The Quest for the Holy Grail (Camelot) series is also one of his most famous creations.

Departure of the Knights by William Morris

Departure of the Knights by William Morris

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