The first tapestries were often the woven reproductions of paintings by the most eminent artists of the time. No matter what period they come from, one thing stays timeless – they were dedicated to the elites and aristocracies, who displayed them in wealthy homes and important buildings.
Tapestries had already been known among ancient Egyptians and Greeks whose dead bodies were often wrapped in them before burials. Tapestry rugs could be found in the most important places as even the walls of Parthenon were adorned with stunning examples of these hangings. However, it was the French who mastered the craft and produced the finest tapestries in the world. One of the most magnificent achievements of the French craft dates back to the 11th century. It is the famous Bayeux Tapestry, which illustrates the events that preluded to the Norman conquest of England. Later, in the 13th and 14th centuries, the Church used tapestries to illustrate the stories from the Bible to the illiterate people.
Now an antique tapestry rug in a room is a synonym of prestige, but there is no one universal piece of advice when it comes to the selection of a perfect one as each of them is a unique piece of art. However, you need to be aware that the moment you purchase an antique tapestry, you start to be the owner of a real masterpiece. It is not an accessory, but the heart of a room that is created to be admired and therefore must be properly displayed. Tapestries are so rich in details that every time you look at it you may discover something new. Remember, though, that the authenticity is crucial so when selecting a tapestry always turn to a true expert, who will analyze the fabric, pigment and design in person.