Unique Steel Lizard Wall Art
Spying Gecko, Unique Steel Lizard Wall Art
Marco PoloScurrying along textured walls, a Mexican gecko remains poised and attentive. Marco Polo crafts the lithe creature of iron, its brownish skin marked by traditional etchings to create a wonderful wall...$39.99
Artist: Marco Polo
Herons in a Lotus Pond
Hand Made Suar Wood Bird Relief Panel
Herons in a Lotus Pond, Hand Made Suar Wood Bird Relief Panel
EkaThese elegant herons wading in a lotus pond are just a small example of the elaborate wood carvings that decorate buildings throughout Indonesia. This wall hanging is hand-carved of suar wood and...$119.99
Handcrafted Gilded Wood Mirror (Medium)
Cuzco Sun, Handcrafted Gilded Wood Mirror (Medium)
Marcos LuzaldeThe dazzling sun that warms the Cuzco valley inspires Marcos Luzalde in the design of this spectacular mirror frame. He carves it by hand from mohena, a Peruvian hardwood, and covers it with bronze...$97.99
Artist: Marcos Luzalde
In the Forest
Aluminum Repousse Panel of Elephants in Raintree Wood Frame
In the Forest, Aluminum Repousse Panel of Elephants in Raintree Wood Frame
KaiThai artisan Kai loves to depict scenes of elephants in the forest, which he does expertly in this repoussé panel. The panel is engraved and embossed on a sheet of aluminum and set in a rugged dark...$119.99
Stork with Lotus Blossoms
Carved Wood Bird Relief Panel
Stork with Lotus Blossoms, Carved Wood Bird Relief Panel
Seji TaramLuxurious leaves give rise to precious lotus blossoms, carved by hand of suar wood. Fishing in the shallow waters, a heron lifts its head to the sky. By Seji Taram, this exquisite relief panel...$99.99
Unique Leaf and Tree Steel Wall Art
Willow, Unique Leaf and Tree Steel Wall Art
Alejandro de EsesarteAlejandro de Esesarte depicts a willow tree in exquisite detail. Transforming steel into art, he cuts out the image and hammers it into low relief. The details are meticulously painted by hand....$109.99
Artist: Alejandro de Esesarte
Gust of Sun
Solar Wind Steel Wall Art
Gust of Sun, Solar Wind Steel Wall Art
Marco PoloBlowing a slow, hot wind the sun warms the land with its fiery breath. Marco Polo creates a sculpture of dramatic beauty. A mystical face of hand-painted ceramic centers the freeform iron silhouette.$64.99
Artist: Marco Polo
Fair Trade Floral Wood Mirror with Silver Finish (Large)
Moonlit Tulips, Fair Trade Floral Wood Mirror with Silver Finish (Large)
Marcos LuzaldeTulips feast upon the moon's silvery rays in a design by Marcos Luzalde. This spectacular mirror frame is carved from mohena, a Peruvian hardwood, and finished with aluminum leaf applications.$109.99
Artist: Marcos Luzalde
Baru Klinthing Dragon
Handmade Suar Wood Relief Panel
Baru Klinthing Dragon, Handmade Suar Wood Relief Panel
Seji TaramMasterfully carving Balinese suar wood, Seji Taram recalls the legend of the dragon, Baru Klinthing. He was born to a concubine of Ki Ageng Mangir II, a rebel, who would never accept a dragon as his...$79.99
Placid Reflections of the Sun
Collectible Mexican Sun Wall Sculpture (Large)
Placid Reflections of the Sun, Collectible Mexican Sun Wall Sculpture (Large)
J. BlasWith a faraway look of astral mysticism, Old Sol smiles to himself. J. Blas crafts an original wall adornment with contemporary appeal. Richly detailed, the dappled sun lances fiery rays across the...$74.99
Artist: J. Blas
Wall Decor Corporate Gifts Wall Decor(14 items)
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The Village Council
Your answers straight from the village experts
As with any work of art, direct sunlight will fade colors over time, especially for tapestries with natural dyes. We recommend hanging your tapestry in an area that avoids direct sun exposure to maintain vibrancy. To clean your woven tapestry, use a vacuum with an upholstery attachment or dry clean if necessary. Spot treatment can also be used with a gentle fabric cleaner, but we recommend testing it on a small area first. Alternatively, you may hand wash your tapestry using cold water, then hang it to dry in the shade. Some tapestries made from cotton fabric may be machine washed on cold.
When it comes to handcrafted traditional tapestries, the most common materials include wool, cotton, silk, and natural dyes. Certain regions incorporate unique materials or designs into their tapestries. In the Andes, alpaca fiber is commonly used. In India, one finds batik printed cotton. In Mexico and Central America sheep wool and natural cotton threads are frequently used. In Thailand, rich silk material is a feature of handmade tapestries.
To craft an eco-friendly tapestry, traditional artisans hold themselves to high standards, both in terms of materials and processes. Natural fibers, textiles, and dyes are derived from plants and trees. Some artisans even incorporate recycled or upcycled materials in their commitment to eco-friendly processes. Traditional art forms that are passed down through the generations are often painstakingly made by hand. They are naturally eco-friendly, as they avoid mass production, factory runoff, and industrial waste. This also means that each tapestry is uniquetruly one of a kind.
When it comes to tapestries, function meets style! A handmade tapestry can be a great way to brighten up any living space while providing insulation against the cold. Materials like alpaca and sheep wool create natural warmth by trapping cool air inside the cloth, creating a more stable temperature within the room.
While factory-produced tapestries are increasingly available to consumers, traditional, authentic tapestries are handmade by artisans who often learn the artform from older generations. Skilled makers from the Andes, India, Mexico and Thailand make use of foot-treadle or backstrap looms, where they interweave warp and weft threads and then tamp them down into a tight stitch. An artisan may finish a handmade tapestry by using a needle and thread or a sewing machine for final touches.
Traditional tapestries depict scenes and images which are drawn from the lives and natural environments of the artisans who craft them. Some include geometric designs, like the mandala, which is thought to represent wholeness and symmetry. Others make use of paisley, floral, or leafy patterns, particularly in tapestries from India. Central American tapestries may incorporate geometric motifs, animals, and people, while Mexican tapestries are often colorful with Greca patterns and designs. Thai artisans use symbols that are popular within Thai culture, religious characters, animal scenes, or depictions of human forms. Unique tapestries from the Andes are often vibrant with elaborate scenes that incorporate folklore, village life, and pastoral existence.
The methods for making tapestries vary as widely as the regions from which they come. Because many traditional artisans adopt the methods of their ancestors, they have kept those ancient artforms alive and well. In the Andes, weavers often work on a wooden treadle loom in which they use foot pedals, called treadles, to control the weave of the tapestry. In Central America, the treadle loom and the backstrap loom are both integral to tapestry art. The backstrap loom is one of the oldest techniques which dates back thousands of years, in which one part of the loom is attached to the weaver and the other part is attached to a fixed object (historically, a tree). To create vibrant color, artisans embroider and dye their tapestries with natural plants and pigments. Around the world, weavers use tie-dye, Dabu (the application of wax or gum clay and resin to the cloth to create a diffuse color effect), Batik (an ancient method in which dye-resistant wax is applied to cloth to create select patterns of color), hand embroidery, and patchwork to create unique and diverse tapestry art.
The tapestry is an ancient textile art form that dates back thousands of years to early civilizations in Peru, Egypt, and Thailand. In Peru, skilled weavers used colorful camelid fiber threads to create beautiful tapestries for ritualistic funeral mantles. Ancient Incas wove short tunics (Unku) to show importance and social status. Ancient Egyptians crafted shroud-like tapestries to bury their dead. Tapestries gained international prominence when Europeans began to decorate their castles and churches with elaborate textiles that depicted historical scenes, as well as religious messages. Today, skilled artisans preserve the ancient techniques of their ancestors. In Thailand, for example, silk weavers are renowned for techniques that have been used since the rule of the Angkor kings circa 800 A.D. In Central America, contemporary weavers pay homage to early Mayan artisans who used plants, shells, and even snails to color their first tapestries in the 15th century. In India, where some of the first tapestries were made and the textile industry became the base of their economy, the skills of generations past still live on in modern artisans.
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Seji Taram Hand-carved sculptures
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