Wall hangings are a form of textile artwork that has been around for many years and in many civilizations. They are created for many purposes – decoration, preservation of historical events, and storytelling, to name a few. Examples of wall hangings have been found from Ancient Greece, Native Americans, medieval castles and many more – probably the most famous example of a historical wall hanging is the Bayeux Tapestry, which depicts the events leading up to the Battle of Hastings. Hangings are still popular in modern times, as they are a very accessible and often unique piece of art that can add a talking point to any room. Tapestries and rugs are common types of wall hangings, and historically woolen rugs and tapestries would be used as insulation as well as decoration in buildings such as castles. Recently, smaller metal wall art pieces have been available.
Heavy Work Tapestry
Cotton hangings are lightweight and generally low-cost. They will allow air movement round them. Tie-dye and batik hangings are often cotton, and this fabric is easy to frame if you wish to preserve your art in this way. Cotton hangings are best used purely for decoration, or if you do not need insulation – such as in a bathroom or conservatory where the fabric would have to dry quickly if condensation settled on it.
Choosing Wall Hangings
Although finding the artwork that is best for an individual can be a matter of personal taste, there are several factors that can be used to narrow the search. These include fabric, colour, design, setting, origin and price, as well as considering where the hanging will be placed. Wall hangings are easily available, and can be purchased in stores, at markets or online. Some suppliers will also commission personal designs.
Decoration Styles of Wall Hangings
The type of decoration involved in a wall hanging will often give a visual effect on the final piece. Some types of embellishment will not change the lay of the fabric, others will give raised stitching and/or visible threads.
Why choose a Wall Hanging?
There are many advantages to a wall hanging over a picture or other art. Hangings do not need to be framed, are easily portable and can sometimes be trimmed to fit a certain area. They can double as curtains or hang in place of a headboard, can conceal a storage alcove, and will easily hang on an uneven wall with no problems as they are flexible. As described earlier, if hung in the correct place a thick wall hanging can also help exclude draughts and retain heat, and the colours of a rug or patterned tapestry can be matched to a room more easily than those of painted pictures. Wall hangings are also very hard-wearing – if treated correctly they will not fade quickly, they are easy to clean, and will generally not be damaged by accidental knocks or spills. Sometimes a large hanging can cover up anomalies on an entire wall – it would be difficult to find a picture to cover a large area.