Antique Tapestry

Rugs - Collection of Antique Tapestries by Nazmiyal

hr Vintage Modernist Tapestry by Artist Leonardo Nierman 47513

Antique Tapestry - 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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27 Rugs Found in Antique Tapestry

Antique Chinese Rank Badge 46113

Style: Antique Tapestry
Origin: Chinese Rugs
Size: 0 ft 10 in x 0 ft 11 in
          (0.25 m x 0.28 m)
This exquisite antique Chinese rank badge depicts a stately silver pheasant perched on a rock surrounded by auspicious symbols and scrolling ruyi-shaped clouds.

Antique French Tapestry Rug 425

Style: Antique Tapestry
Origin: French Carpets
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: Antique Tapestry
Origin: French Carpets
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 French Tapestry Rug 46561

Style: Antique Tapestry
Origin: French Carpets
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: Antique Tapestry
Origin: French Carpets
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.

Antique English Tapestry Rug 868

Style: Antique Tapestry
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 Tapestry 46559

Style: Antique Tapestry
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.

Antique French Tapestry Rug 2069

Style: Antique Tapestry
Origin: French Carpets
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 Modernist Tapestry by Artist Leonardo Nierman 47513

Style: Textile
Origin: French Carpets
Size: 5 ft x 6 ft
          (1.52 m x 1.83 m)

Antique French Tapestry Rug 43924

Style: Antique Tapestry
Origin: French Carpets
Size: 8 ft 10 in x 6 ft
          (2.69 m x 1.83 m)
Woven in France, this elaborate tapestry is a wonderfully-detailed example of Orientalism in European culture.

Antique French Tapestry 43922

Style: Antique Tapestry
Origin: French Carpets
Size: 4 ft 11 in x 6 ft 7 in
          (1.5 m x 2.01 m)
Set in a pastoral landscape among verdant plants, this expressive antique tapestry from France tells a story using multiple characters rendered in delicate colors.

Antique French Tapestry Rug 43808

Style: Antique Tapestry
Origin: French Carpets
Size: 5 ft x 6 ft 8 in
          (1.52 m x 2.03 m)
Featuring detailed shading and classical French border, this exquisite naturalist tapestry is a wonderful example of country's unique tapestry style.

18th Century Flemish Tapestry Pastoral 47384

Style: Antique Tapestry
Origin: Belgium
Size: 10 ft 3 in x 7 ft
          (3.12 m x 2.13 m)
Following the romantic and classic traditions of the baroque era, this antique Flemish tapestry depicts a trio of cherubs jumping rope in a magical garden.

Antique Flemish Tapestry Rug 46403

Style: Antique Tapestry
Origin: Belgium
Size: 5 ft x 7 ft 2 in
          (1.52 m x 2.18 m)
The age of chivalry lives on in the wild and untamed European landscape and the regal, sophisticated composition of this splendid antique Flemish tapestry.

Antique French Tapestry Rug 43921

Style: Antique Tapestry
Origin: French Carpets
Size: 12 ft 8 in x 7 ft 4 in
          (3.86 m x 2.24 m)
This lively French tapestry features a traditional village scene filled with nuanced details.

French Art Deco Tapestry By Pinton Freres Gynning “Mid Summer Dance” 46889

Style: Antique Tapestry
Origin: French Carpets
Size: 10 ft 8 in x 7 ft 9 in
          (3.25 m x 2.36 m)
Full of cubist detail, texture and rich color, this stunning Pinton Freres tapestry features an exceptional rendering of Lars Gynning's festive 'Dance of St. John.'

Antique French Tapestry Rug 43923

Style: Antique Tapestry
Origin: French Carpets
Size: 3 ft x 7 ft 9 in
          (0.91 m x 2.36 m)
Featuring celebratory garlands and floral decorations set in front of a pastoral landscape, this traditional French tapestry embodies the symbolic spirit of hunting traditions.

Vintage Swedish Tapestry 46828

Style: Art Deco Rugs
Origin: Scandinavian Rugs
Size: 5 ft x 8 ft
          (1.52 m x 2.44 m)
Full of energy and exuberance, this lively vintage Swedish tapestry depicts an exuberant expressionist composition with tropical birds and sinister serpents.

Antique English Tapestry Rug 43936

Style: Antique Tapestry
Origin: English Rugs
Size: 4 ft 5 in x 8 ft 4 in
          (1.35 m x 2.54 m)
Woven in an intriguing picture-within-picture format, this classic tapestry features a profusion of bouquets and floral garlands.

Art Deco Tapestry 46404

Style: Antique Tapestry
Origin: French Carpets
Size: 8 ft 1 in x 9 ft 6 in
          (2.46 m x 2.9 m)
This stellar antique French art deco tapestry depicts a fantastical stylized scene with flourishing curves, a dramatic nude figure and a bold modern appearance.

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