Indian Handmade Tapestry Wall Hanging

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Tapestry is a form of textile art, traditionally woven on a vertical loom. Tapestry 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 tapestry weaving, weft yarns are typically discontinuous; the artisan interlaces each coloured weft back and forth in its own small pattern area. It is a plain weft-faced weave having weft threads of different colours worked over portions of the warp to form the design.
The handwoven pieces are what what is generally called a "True Tapestry", that doesn´t mean that all handwoven pieces are good, or even old, simply that they were done by hand. China has, in the past 20 years, become a major hub of tapestry reproductions. Although some dealers try to pass Chinese pieces off as old, they are fairly easy to distinguish from older European pieces. Go straight to the foliage, or faces and you will find somewhat jagged and angular stitching, with an effect that looks like pixelation. European tapestries, even the lower quality pieces have a roundness to the designs, which is an extremely time consuming process.
In the realm of the handwoven we have a variety of different types of tapestries. The main European production was in the Pays Flamand, a region which encompassed the north of France, Belgium and part of Holland. These tapestries are called Flemish. Flemish tapestries exist in every quality, from extremely fine, to rough; The designs also range from extremely detailed to almost cartoonesque.(see pictures below). That doesn´t necessarily mean a cartoonesque tapestry is lower quality than a detailed one, because like Naïf art and Americana, there are collector´s that focus specifically on these pieces and that means their prices can parallel the very fine detailed tapestries.
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