When you think of tapestries you probably think of woven decorative wall hangings in European castles or the mansions of aristocrats. Though historically this was certainly the case, today tapestries are available to anyone, and Aubusson tapestries are among the finest.
Aubusson tapestries originate from the late 1500s and were very popular until after the French Revolution and the introduction of wallpaper. However, they made a comeback in the 1930s when artists such as Cocteau, Dufy, Dali, Braque, Calder and Picasso were invited to the town of Aubusson to use the medium of wool to express themselves.
Today Aubusson tapestries are woven from wool and synthetics, are available in a variety of sizes and usually depict green landscapes and hunting scenes. They may also possess a more abstract style. This makes it possible for you to find a tapestry that will fit in with the décor of your home, whether traditional, contemporary, or somewhere in between.
Some ways you might use an Aubusson tapestry in your home are:
- To create coziness in rooms with vaulted ceilings
- To add an elegant focal point to a room
- To absorb sound in a large room
- To create a feeling and richness of French living
- To accent a particular wall or piece of furniture situated below the tapestry
Whatever your reason for wanting to incorporate tapestries into your living space, the beauty and elegance of Aubusson tapestries will enhance the look and feel of your home in a way that is truly unique.