Collection of Antique Tapestries

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Antique Tapestries - A tapestry, simply put, is a textile specifically designed and woven to portray an artistic scene with the intent of hanging it on a wall. An antique tapestry would be one that was produced at least 100 years ago. Antique tapestries are highly sought after collectible items with examples displayed prominently in many museums around the world.

While some tapestries can date to the biblical era, most of the great examples known today are from the medieval or Renaissance periods of history. Nobility and wealthy patrons commissioned tapestries depicting scenes or images of importance. The tapestry served as a large-scale mobile art piece which would have been displayed on the wall of a castle or home and was easily transportable from home to home.

Many of the surviving antique tapestries depict religious and / or historic events. For example, a king might have commissioned an antique tapestry with a scene depicting a great victory in battle. As the king moved to his various palaces or castles the tapestry could be moved along with him as well. Another example could be a religious tapestry, commissioned by a religious institution and some would only be displayed at the church or cathedral during certain religious events. Other tapestries might display images of a family and those would usually depict the family's coats of arms. Antique tapestries vary in size, and range from items that would cover a single wall of a small room to major works that are massive in size. Some antique tapestry works are actually sets or a series of works on a common theme.

Weavers used the natural materials available at the time. Wool, cotton, silk and linen threads were dyed to the desired colors before weaving. Some tapestries also included gold and silver thread accents. Sadly enough, in the past, there were owners who destroyed some of these tapestries to recover the precious metals leaving fewer examples of this  breathtaking form of the art.

A tapestry is largely thought of as a European form of textile art. Most of the major countries of Europe did produce tapestries with a highly developed art forms evident in Germany, Spain, Belgium, France and more. Tapestry weavers continue to produce works of textile art till this very day so not every tapestry is an antique.

Antique Tapestries are perhaps the most venerable and highly prized medium of textile art. Tapestries have been woven almost from the beginning of weaving itself, and already in ancient times, this technique was adapted to pictorial compositions as well as ornamental designs. Antique Tapestries or 'Woven paintings' of this kind were known to the court arts of Egypt, the ancient Near East, and the Greeks and Romans as well. It was this ancient tradition that was passed down through the Middle Ages into the Renaissance and Baroque periods in Europe, where pictorial tapestry became a medium of painting in its own right utilizing designs by all the great 'Old Masters'. Nazmiyal is proud to offer a distinguished collection of such European antique tapestries whose historic importance or value is equal to their beauty and elegance as great works of art.

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52 Rugs Found in Tapestries

Vintage Missoni Textile 46674

Style: Textiles
Origin: Scandinavian Rugs
Size: 2 ft x 2 ft
          (0.61 m x 0.61 m)
This delightful vintage patchwork collage depicts a beautiful assemblage of distinctive variegated patterns and striped knits crafted by the legendary Missoni design house.

Antique French Tapestry Rug 425

Style: Tapestries
Origin: French Rugs
Size: 1 ft 5 in x 2 ft 1 in
          (0.43 m x 0.63 m)
This exquisite little antique French tapestry depictsa scene drawn from classical mythology or allegory.

Vintage Andy Warhol Campbell Soup Rug 47694

Style: Textile Art
Origin: American Rugs
Size: 2 ft 8 in x 2 ft 10 in
          (0.81 m x 0.86 m)


  • $3,600.00
A fantastic depiction of a Warhol classic, this vintage rug is a very special composition.

Vintage Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe Rug 47683

Style: Textile Art
Origin: Scandinavian Rugs
Size: 2 ft 7 in x 2 ft 10 in
          (0.79 m x 0.86 m)


  • $3,900.00
This beautifully composed art rug depicts one of Andy Warhol's famous interpretations of Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe.

Vintage Peruvian Tapestry Rug by Arpillera 47868

Style: Textiles
Origin: Peruvian Textiles
Size: 2 ft 6 in x 3 ft 4 in
          (0.76 m x 1.02 m)
This intriguing vintage rug, a Peruvian arpillera, depicts the working class women of Lima, Peru going about their daily chores.

Joan Miro Inspired Tapestry Rug 47988

Style: Textile Art
Origin: Scandinavian Rugs
Size: 2 ft 8 in x 3 ft 4 in
          (0.81 m x 1.02 m)
This exciting and decidedly vintage rug's composition is drawn in the style of the great Catalan artist Joan Miro, one of the great 20th century Surrealists.

Vintage French Tapestry Rug 46561

Style: Textile Art
Origin: French Rugs
Size: 6 ft x 3 ft 6 in
          (1.83 m x 1.07 m)
This spectacularly styled vintage French tapestry features a fantastical naturalistic landscape scene decorated with stylized plants and ornate avian creatures.

Vintage Pablo Picasso Rug 46686

Style: Tapestries
Origin: French Rugs
Size: 3 ft x 3 ft 8 in
          (0.91 m x 1.12 m)
Designed by the king of abstract modern art, this vintage Picasso art carpet displays a fabulous expressionist portrait with bold brush strokes and dazzling colors.

Antique French Tapestry Rug 463

Style: Tapestries
Origin: French Rugs
Size: 3 ft 2 in x 3 ft 8 in
          (0.97 m x 1.12 m)
This unique decorative antique French Tapestry is hand-made from fine wool in France.

Vintage Pablo Picasso Rug 46687

Style: Tapestries
Origin: French Rugs
Size: 3 ft x 3 ft 10 in
          (0.91 m x 1.17 m)
Modeled after a famous Picasso linocut, this vintage mid-century art carpet captures the playful, provocative style of Picasso's work in a luxurious textile medium.

Antique English Tapestry Rug 868

Style: Tapestries
Origin: English Rugs
Size: 1 ft 8 in x 3 ft 10 in
          (0.51 m x 1.17 m)
This modern English tapestry design is the epitome of contemporary elegance.

Antique Indian Gem Stone Tapestry Rug 46559

Style: Tapestries
Origin: Indian Rugs
Size: 2 ft 6 in x 4 ft
          (0.76 m x 1.22 m)
With elegance and detail beyond compare, this antique Indian tapestry is a breathtaking work of art bedecked with gems and dimensional zardozi-style decorations.

Vintage Pablo Picasso Tapestry Rug 46872

Style: Textile Art
Origin: French Rugs
Size: 3 ft x 4 ft
          (0.91 m x 1.22 m)
Created in France, this vintage Picasso art carpet showcases a stunning textile adaptation of 'The Red Armchair,' which captures the artist's signature style fully.

Vintage Swedish Rug Depicting Nils Holgersson 47561

Style: Textile Art
Origin: Scandinavian Rugs
Size: 3 ft 2 in x 4 ft 3 in
          (0.97 m x 1.3 m)
Depicting the much-beloved Swedish character Nils Holgersson, flying on a goose, this whimsical Swedish rug is an absolute delight.

Vintage Norwegian Tapestry Rug by Eevahenna Aalto 47673

Style: Textile Art
Origin: Scandinavian Rugs
Size: 3 ft 5 in x 4 ft 6 in
          (1.04 m x 1.37 m)
A quintessentially modern carpet, this vintage French rug boasts a soothing pallet of blues and violets.

Lars Gynning Vintage Scandinavian Tapestry 48258

Style: Textiles
Origin: Scandinavian Rugs
Size: 2 ft 6 in x 4 ft 8 in
          (0.76 m x 1.42 m)
Somewhere between abstract and concrete, this alluring tapestry depicts a pair of dancers set against a background of rectilinear elements of various shades of red. The dancers are beautifully rendered.

Antique French Tapestry Rug 2069

Style: Tapestries
Origin: French Rugs
Size: 3 ft 7 in x 4 ft 11 in
          (1.09 m x 1.5 m)
A genre scene of the hunt is the subject of this charming antique French tapestry.

Vintage Paul Klee Rug “Little Drummer Boy” 47112

Style: Tapestries
Origin: French Rugs
Size: 2 ft 6 in x 5 ft
          (0.76 m x 1.52 m)
This brilliant vintage French art carpet depicts a stunning re-creation of a cutting-edge Paul Klee work known as 'Der Paukenspieler,' which is bold and expressive.

Vintage French Tapestry 46999

Style: Textiles
Origin: French Rugs
Size: 3 ft 7 in x 5 ft
          (1.09 m x 1.52 m)
This fantastical signed tapestry showcases a spectacular abstract expressionist composition with stylized floral figures that have impressive graphic qualities.

Salvador Dali Tapestry – 12 Tribes of Israel 47131

Style: Tapestries
Origin: French Rugs
Size: 4 ft 7 in x 5 ft 2 in
          (1.4 m x 1.57 m)
Designed by Salvador Dali in the early 1970s, this stunning vintage French tapestry has a unique blend of symbolism and surrealism infused with Dali's unique style.

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