20 Jun 2008


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For another meme asking for showing our walls, I had put a picture of the tapestry below and have got some questions. That's why I want to say a little bit more about it.

I have inherited this tapestry also called Gobelin from my parents. They bought it in Bruges (Belgium) and it is about 40 years old. These tapestries are very expensive because they are usually handmade on a loom. Of course you can also buy mechanical woven tapestries which are very beautiful, from 250 € (387 $) on.

The gobelin "art industry" was founded in the middle of 15th century by Jean Gobelin . A tapestry works started by two Flemish weavers , Marc de Comans and Francois de la Planche , called to France by Henri IV in 1601. (more about here History of Tapestry Art)

Tapestry is a form of textile art. It is woven by hand on a vertical loom. It is weft-faced weaving, in which all the warp threads are hidden in the completed work, unlike cloth weaving where both the warp and the weft threads may be visible. In this way, a colourful pattern or image is created. Most weavers use a naturally based warp thread such as linen or cotton. The weft threads are usually wool or cotton, but may include silk, gold, silver, or other alternatives. (Wikipedia)

It just hangs on the right side when you come through the entrance door.


Charlotte said...

Gorgeous! I love tapestries and this one is exceptional. I would love to return to Brugge, it is such a quaint place. But it is a very long way from here.

eastcoastlife said...

Wow! That's a beautiful piece of art. You have so many lovely stuff in your home. You are a gem yourself. :)

Anonymous said...

That is ART! Gorgeous.

eastcoastlife said...

I'm not crazy over the latest gadgets too, all these new techno toys frighten me. Every few months, there are new developments and products, it's hard for a matured woman like me to keep up. :)

I don't even like to hold a mobile phone.... and it's just to make calls and receive calls. I learnt to text only last July. hehehe.....

In Singapore, every 7 out of 10 people owns a blog. So the manufacturers and companies are beginning to realise the influence of blogs and bloggers. Even the government. heh heh.....

Anonymous said...

It is beautiful. I don't know how they figure out how to make the designs.

Pamela said...

You have quite a few things I "COVET" on your walls. (:

MaR said...

It's very beautiful, Gattina! and love the educational part too.
At first sight I thought the cat was part of it until I looked closer, lol.

Hootin' Anni said...

My great great grandfather on my father's side of the family did this kind of textile work in the 'old world' way back in time...my aunt had some of his works, but alas, when she passed away a couple of years ago, HER boys got them...darn!

I love this art work!

Happy Show n Tell Friday...have a great weekend. Stop by if you can find time!

Schotzy said...

I am zonkers over tapestry. This one is phenomenal!

Kelli said...

Oh, it's beautiful! All of the detail is amazing!

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Anonymous said...

Beautiful really! Thanks for sharing all these informations! I always enjoyed to watch these tapestries in magazines of decoration!
ça y est la kermesse est passée! Ouf!


Hi Gattina :), You don't see much
Tapestry in US at least not on most
peoples walls. This is just lovely,
the colors are soooo rich and the
art is terrific. What a beautiful
treasure you own!