Using Tapestries for that Medieval Look
The Wikipedia defines tapestries as textile art, but when I was young we always thought of them as wall rugs, mind you we would NEVER use them as floor rugs.
Being easy to roll up and transport, they were popular for a number of reasons……in churches, they were brought out on special occasions, and in the winter, the tapestries would help insulate a castle wall and at the same time giving an added bonus for the eyes.
Tapestry decoration is not something new to our age, using tapestries and actually making them, took place during the middle ages and it was only the rich and famous who could afford to decorate in this fashion but now, reproductions are available and much more affordable. The Gothic form of medieval tapestry has always been popular, with religious themes, mythical creatures, spectacular landscapes and flowers being the focus of the prints. Victorian imagery has also been a part of the gothic style and is a lovely fit to a home.
Many tapestries depict actual events and incidents that occurred during that time period and are extremely helpful as they provide authentic and in some cases rare information about a time that no longer exists. Many depict the original designs of the buildings that may no longer exist.
It has been said that The Cluny Museum in Paris holds many original pieces of medieval wall tapestries. Most of today’s reproductions have come from those original great masterpieces. Two very popular forms of tapestries is the Lady and the Unicorn series displaying myth and legend, and the other is the Bayeux tapestry depicting scenes of the famous Battle of Hastings. You would be able to bring in an element of amazing historical charm into your home by hanging a beautifully crafted reproduction wall hanging. Also if you know anything related to paintings and art, German and Roman art can contribute to the décor.
One of the best things about medieval tapestries is that they never go out of style. For the last 500 years they have hung in some of the most beautiful homes, estates and palaces in the world. They can surely give your home a look that is fit for royalty