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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51 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 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.

Antique French Aubusson Tapestry 43910

Style: Tapestries
Origin: French Rugs
Size: 5 ft 8 in x 2 ft 3 in
          (1.73 m x 0.69 m)
This beautiful English tapestry design is the epitome of elegance.

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 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 carpet is a very special composition.

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 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 modern 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.

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 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.

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