Tapestries are exquisite, high-quality fabrics for upholstery and decorative purposes with a centuries-old tradition. Have encourage a look at these unique textiles from the perspective of current trends: maximalism, witty references to history and cultural heritage, and graphic play with colours and patterns in interiors.
Tapestries are multi-coloured fabrics woven on Jacquard looms, usually decorated with richly detailed motifs of flowers, leaves or fruits. It sounds like a description of the most fashionable “botanical” fabrics and wallpapers that now reign in multiple interior design projects, doesn’t it? Tapestries are perfectly in line with our contemporary fascination with flora and fauna, despite the fact that some of their patterns are even several hundred years old and have been reproduced by successive generations of weavers.
What is more – if we look carefully at tapestry patterns against light, pastel or, to the contrary, black contrasting backgrounds – we will notice how similar they are to floral compositions, which are now posted by the thousands on Pinterest or Instagram.
Textile play with patterns
When preparing tapestries for Arena Design 2020, we also wanted to highlight their compatibility with other current trends such as maximalism. Designers and stylists have not been afraid of patterns for several seasons. Quite the contrary, they have layered them to achieve an intriguing, saturated effect. It often happens that in one interior the same pattern appears on different surfaces: walls, furniture, decorative textiles, flowing from one object to another, blurring boundaries and playing with our perception.
Tapestries with their versatility of application are ideal for such design solutions. Their variety makes the effects achieved surprisingly different. What is more, they do not have to be limited to stylish interiors and furniture. They will be perfect in historicising or rustic interiors, indeed, but they are also a good fit to modern, geometric forms. When juxtaposed with white surfaces and uniform colors (e.g. corresponding with their colours), they look contemporary, fresh, and intriguing.
Tapestry – versatile and durable
Given their long tradition, high quality and decorativeness, tapestries have been used indoors for centuries as fabrics for upholstery, curtains and drapes, cushions, lamp and chandelier shades, and even wall decorations.
However, this is not an exhaustive list of their applications. Tapestries are used to make film and theatre costumes, hats, headgear, bags, and women's handbags. They are also used in the production of shoes, clothing, and accessories. High weight and jacquard weave make them very durable and wear resistant.
Paintbrush impressions on fabrics
Belgium has been the centre of tapestry production for many centuries. It is here where textile masters, inspired by Baroque paintings and polychrome, used to create and create to this day fabric patterns full of appetizing apples and peaches, twisting vines, roses, lilies, tulips and acanthus or laurel leaves. The tapestries offered by Dekoma: Calvados, Dublin, Felinie, Fiora, Merano, Porthos, Napoli, Quimper, Suez, Versailles, Roma, and Riviera also come from Belgium.
Fabrics used in the session:
Jacquard woven multicoloured Fiora tapestry with an extremely decorative and precisely woven floral pattern belongs to the collection of Tapestries furniture fabrics, full of a variety of fruit and floral patterns. Recommended for decoration of classic, stylish and rustic interiors. Fabric requires dry cleaning.
Jacquard woven multicoloured Merano tapestry with a plant motif in four colour combinations. It belongs to the Tapestry collection of furniture fabrics - full of variety of floral and fruit patterns. Recommended for decoration of classic, stylish and rustic interiors. Fabric requires dry cleaning.