Black Balsamina Buds
Hand Carved Black Floral 15-Inch Wall Mirror from Bali
Black Balsamina Buds, Hand Carved Black Floral 15-Inch Wall Mirror from Bali
SarwaediNative to Southeast Asia, balsamina flowers bloom on a hand-carved wall mirror. Sarwaedi sculpts the buds, leaves and vines from Balinese suar wood with an aged antique finish. A rope motif surrounds...
Tequila Worker Color Photograph Limited Edition
Tequila Man, Tequila Worker Color Photograph Limited Edition
Santiago Arias"The character of a tequila man, his attitudes and features, distinguish him as a hardworking man, dedicated to his trade, with a strong personality. He is a man of his people, from the region of...
Ko Phi Phi
Vintage Style Color Photograph on Foam Core
Ko Phi Phi, Vintage Style Color Photograph on Foam Core
Santiago Arias"The colors and textures of this boat in Ko Phi Phi mirror the happy and relaxed ambience that reigns throughout the Thai islands," exclaims Santiago Arias. He contrasts the bright colors of...
Mexican Corn Cob Color Photograph on Foam Core
Our Heritage, Mexican Corn Cob Color Photograph on Foam Core
Santiago AriasA soft light bathes corn husks transforming them as if by magic into pearl treasures in this admirable photograph by Santiago Arias. "With this photograph I’m presenting corn as a reference to...
The Dragon and the Pearl
Aluminum Repousse Panel
The Dragon and the Pearl, Aluminum Repousse Panel
Thiva BoonnakInspired by ancient myths, Thiva Boonnak portrays with exquisite detail in aluminum repoussé, a dragon holding a pearl. Pearls were believed to be the tears of the moon, and some were swallowed by...
Artist: Thiva Boonnak
Black and White Egyptian Desert Photograph
Siwa Dunes, Black and White Egyptian Desert Photograph
Santiago AriasThe monochrome hues of this photograph present Egypt's Siwa dunes like a mystical land of enchantment. "I found the perfect balance and harmony in this desert. I found tranquility and purity in...
Norwegian Wood River Photograph
Elements, Norwegian Wood River Photograph
Santiago Arias"This is about the power and purity of the natural elements. The power of nature and an ideal fusion with humankind without attempting to destroy and instead mimic it, like this cabin built on...
Hand Carved Suar Wood Relief Wall Panel of Tigers from Bali
Family Roar, Hand Carved Suar Wood Relief Wall Panel of Tigers from Bali
Luh Mas Sri PertamiariA family of tigers relaxes in a lush tropical forest while their cub plays and frolics. From Luh Mas Sri Pertamiari in Bali, this hand-carved suar wood relief panel showcases impeccable details.
Artist: Luh Mas Sri Pertamiari
Black and White Mounted Photograph of Mexican Corn Field
Corn Field, Black and White Mounted Photograph of Mexican Corn Field
Santiago AriasThe milpa is showing the end of the harvest season, capturing the attention of Santiago Arias. "This corn field is in Atotonilco, in the state of Jalisco, and I was drawn to its rich cultural...
Hand-Painted Ceramic Nativity Wall Art from Mexico
Angelic Nativity, Hand-Painted Ceramic Nativity Wall Art from Mexico
Eufrosia PantaleonCrafted of ceramic in the shape of an angel, this piece of wall art features a charming nativity that is hand-painted with colorful dot motifs. Mexican artisan Eufrosia Pantaleon designs and crafts...
Artist: Eufrosia Pantaleon
Suar Wood Relief Wall Panel of Tiger and Dragon from Bali
Zodiac Duel, Suar Wood Relief Wall Panel of Tiger and Dragon from Bali
Luh Mas Sri PertamiariA tiger and a dragon from the Chinese zodiac face off in a fierce battle in this decorative wall panel. Presented by Luh Mas Sri Pertamiari of Bali the hand-carved suar wood relief panel showcases...
Artist: Luh Mas Sri Pertamiari
Russet and Gold Round Wall Mirror Crafted from Glass
Golden Flames, Russet and Gold Round Wall Mirror Crafted from Glass
KamalDeep russet hues are checkered with gold in this gorgeous mirror from Kamal in India. The round mirror, which can be used either on a wall or a tabletop, is crafted from glass mosaic tiles which are...
Landscape of Bali
Batik Wall Art
Landscape of Bali, Batik Wall Art
Ida Bagus Lawa BargawaTourists on the shore take photographs of their surroundings and admire the handicrafts offered by itinerant artisans. In the water, they paddle on body boards, surf gentle waves, or enjoy boating and...
Artist: Ida Bagus Lawa Bargawa
Handcrafted Studded Round Wall Mirror with Metal Accents
Modern Flair, Handcrafted Studded Round Wall Mirror with Metal Accents
KamalStudded with gleaming silver steel and golden brass, this wall mirror from Kamal in India lends modern flair to any decor. The frame is crafted from manufactured wood and embellished with round and...
Modern Andean Wall Mirror Framed in Wood and Steel
Modern Warmth, Modern Andean Wall Mirror Framed in Wood and Steel
Manolo and LuchoSleek and modern, this wall mirror features polished steel to surround a rectangular looking glass. Lacewood creates a beautiful contrast, bringing the warmth of wood to the design. Manolo and Lucho...
Hand Crafted African Wood Wall Art of Spoon and Fork (Pair)
Nourishment, Hand Crafted African Wood Wall Art of Spoon and Fork (Pair)
Abdul Aziz MohamaduA spoon and fork seem to sprout from leaves of green in these wood wall adornments from Ghana's Abdul Aziz Mohamadu. The decorative pair is hand-carved from native sese wood and painted in brick red...
Artist: Abdul Aziz Mohamadu
Handmade Festive Skull Tin Wall Art from Mexico
Festive Skull, Handmade Festive Skull Tin Wall Art from Mexico
Creative Hands of OaxacaPerfect for Halloween or Day of the Dead decor, this grinning white skull features colorful floral motifs and a cross at the forehead. Mexico's Creative Hands of Oaxaca collective crafts the colorful...
Artist: Creative Hands of Oaxaca
Metal Stud Mosaic Wall Mirror from India
Silver Staccato, Metal Stud Mosaic Wall Mirror from India
KamalSilver-colored studs with golden centers form an exuberant staccato pattern in this novel design. Surrounding a wall mirror by Kamal in India, each one is individually placed by hand.
Wood Wall Relief Panel of Papua Woman in Antique Finish
Papua Lady, Wood Wall Relief Panel of Papua Woman in Antique Finish
GioThis albesia wood wall relief panel is hand-carved by artisan Gio of Bali. The detailed engraving and array of colors including maroon, yellow, black, brown, and white bring this art piece to life....
Multicolored Political Batik Cotton Wall Hanging from Ghana
Moneytician, Multicolored Political Batik Cotton Wall Hanging from Ghana
Oluwayemisi AdeniranArtist Oluwayemisi Adeniran airs her grievances with African politics, saying "African politicians canvas for votes and when they get into power they forget the electorates," preferring...
Artist: Oluwayemisi Adeniran
Masquerades in the Church
Hand Crafted 100% Cotton Batik Wall Hanging from Ghana
Masquerades in the Church, Hand Crafted 100% Cotton Batik Wall Hanging from Ghana
Edward AdeniranMiracle-performing masquerading individuals are allowed to enter a church under the pretense of converting them to Christianity in this unusual wall hanging presented by Edward Adeniran of Ghana. He...
Artist: Edward Adeniran
Handcrafted Contemporary Wall Mirror with Tooled Leather
Andean Moon, Handcrafted Contemporary Wall Mirror with Tooled Leather
Manolo and LuchoManolo and Lucho evoke the full moon with this spectacular wall mirror. Surrounded by hand tooled leather, the sleek looking glass provides a bold contrast. A halo of brushed steel envelops the black...
Ceramic Wall Cross in Turquoise from Mexico
Infinite Faith, Ceramic Wall Cross in Turquoise from Mexico
Eufrosia PantaleonMexican artisan Eufrosia Pantaleon designs a wall cross to bring an air of faith to your home decor. Crafted of ceramic, the cross is painted by hand with dot motifs over a body of turquoise.
Artist: Eufrosia Pantaleon
Iron wall adornment
Sunny Smile, Iron wall adornment
J. BlasThis friendly sun radiates warm shades of orange and ochre in a design by Mexico's J. Blas. He masterfully crafts the iron wall adornment by hand featuring cut-out details that enhance the sun's...
Artist: J. Blas
Floral Awakening, Leather mirror
Manolo and LuchoBlossoming under a luminous mirror, sunflowers exalt the beauty of nature. Tooled in fine leather, leaves and budding branches blossom in high relief over a manufactured mohena wood board.
Diamonds, Leather mirror
Manolo and LuchoCentered with gilt, glowing diamonds of different sizes surround a handcrafted wall mirror. Manolo and Lucho work in tooled leather, bringing a modern vision to a traditional Andean craft form....
Frozen Aztec Sun Stone
Mexican Archaeological Ceramic Plaque Crafted by Hand
Frozen Aztec Sun Stone, Mexican Archaeological Ceramic Plaque Crafted by Hand
Angel Ceron Artisan AssociationWorking in ceramic, artisans from the Angel Cerón Artisan Association recreate the elaborate stone sculpture known as the "Aztec Calendar" or "Sun Stone." Discovered in Mexico...
Artist: Angel Ceron Artisan Association
Maize, Leather mirror
Manolo and LuchoRich textures suggest grains of corn as a golden ear emerges from emerald leaves. The staff of life throughout the Americas, maize was the basic foodstuff of the Inca and their descendents. Exalting...
Web of Reflection
Web of Reflection, Mirror
Manolo and LuchoMystical webs lure into admiration in a mirror frame by Peruvian artisans Manolo and Lucho. They create the frame with walnut wood veneer and adorn it with leather webs. Includes hooks for hanging in...
Inca Corn, Leather mirror
Manolo and LuchoRich textures suggest grains of corn as golden ears emerge from emerald leaves. The staff of life throughout the Americas, maize was the basic foodstuff of the Inca and their descendents. Exalting...
Art glass mirror
Starry Sky, Art glass mirror
Sergio SuzanaWorking in art glass, Sérgio Suzana conjures a starry sky. He fuses hand-painted pigments between panes of glass to surround a beautiful wall mirror. Because each piece is individually crafted, no two...
Artist: Sergio Suzana
To the Future
Wood and aluminum wall clock
To the Future, Wood and aluminum wall clock
Daniel MoncloaDaniel Moncloa creates a futuristic mood with this beautiful wall clock. Crafted by hand, it combines a subtle wood grain with sleek, brushed aluminum. Wire mesh adds handsome textures. The analog...
Artist: Daniel Moncloa
Ladies and Gents
Ladies and Gents Restroom Signs in Hand Carved Wood
Ladies and Gents, Ladies and Gents Restroom Signs in Hand Carved Wood
SarwaediThe perfect way to direct your guests to the right place, these elegant signs are hand carved and painted by Balinese artisan Sarwaedi. The two signs feature lettering in antique gold as well as the...
Embroidered 100% Silk Framed Wall Hanging with Floral Motif
Grey Mystique, Embroidered 100% Silk Framed Wall Hanging with Floral Motif
Vikram UberoiThis exquisitely embroidered silk wall hanging exudes a mystical aura. Vikram Uberoi of India designs this stunning wall hanging, revealing the awe-inspiring beauty of this traditional Kashmiri art...
Artist: Vikram Uberoi
'Frangipani After Rain Shower'
'Frangipani After Rain Shower'
Ryan ChappellFive frangipanis blossom with tropical beauty, luring Ryan Chappell into immortalizing them through his photographic art. Printed in black and white, the photograph successfully conveys the petals'...
Artist: Ryan Chappell
Hand Loomed Abstract Inca 100% Alpaca Tapestry
Felines, Hand Loomed Abstract Inca 100% Alpaca Tapestry
Teofilo ChoquecahuaA feline character appears among the glyphs and structures that Teofilo Choquecahua creates for the design of this tapestry. Proud admirer of Peru's past, Choquecahua's composition is clearly...
Artist: Teofilo Choquecahua
Cedar relief panel
Archangel Michael, Cedar relief panel
Javier RamirezClearly victorious, Saint Michael places a foot on the devil himself. The archangel waves a sharp lance with one hand and holds a scale in the other. Sculpted in cedar wood, this relief panel by...
Artist: Javier Ramirez
Cotton wall hanging
Kinaree Essence, Cotton wall hanging
SophonA Kinaree strikes a graceful, coy pose as she dances through the mystical lands of the Himmapan forest. Borne from the realm of Hindu belief, Kinarees are beautiful creatures with the upper body of a...
Cotton wall hanging
Kinaree Grace, Cotton wall hanging
SophonA beautiful Kinaree descends on the mythical Himmapan forest in the realm of Hindu belief. Her graceful dance is hypnotic as she holds her delicate hands in a sensual pose. Kinarees are delicate...
Cotton wall hanging
Kinaree Femininity, Cotton wall hanging
SophonA beautiful Kinaree dances through the Himmapan forest holding a golden branch in her graceful hands. Borne from the realm of Hindu belief, Kinarees are mythical creatures, half-woman, half-swan. They...
Hand Crafted Cotton Ikat Wall Hanging
Buffalo Footprint, Hand Crafted Cotton Ikat Wall Hanging
Ni Luh SuryatiQuartets of petals delicately grace this wall hanging by Ni Luh Suryati, as beige outlines transform the dark, earthen background. Woven entirely by hand, the tapestry reflects ancient gerinsing ikat...
Artist: Ni Luh Suryati
Round Wall or Table Mirror with Glass Mosaic Frame
Golden Splash, Round Wall or Table Mirror with Glass Mosaic Frame
KamalA dark burgundy background is splashed with gold on this handcrafted mirror from Kamal in India. The round mirror frame is crafted from beautifully mottled glass mosaic tiles on a wood base; and it...
Crescent Moon and Stars
Steel Wall Art Sculpture of Crescent Moon and Stars
Crescent Moon and Stars, Steel Wall Art Sculpture of Crescent Moon and Stars
Alejandro de EsesarteA purple crescent moon caresses three shining stars, with flaming tendrils erupting from the group becoming a stunning wall art sculpture. This wondrous steel wall sculpture is handcrafted by Mexican...
Artist: Alejandro de Esesarte
Guitarist, Wool tapestry
Walter Paucar VelardeTapping his feet to the rhythms of the guitar, a musician plays the traditional folk songs of his homeland. Bright primary color closures bring harmony to this beautiful composition. Woven by hand...
Artist: Walter Paucar Velarde
Teak relief panel
Inspiring Blossoms, Teak relief panel
Jamras ThapintaPointing outward in each direction, petals form a radiant flower. It blooms amid a jungle of lavish vegetation where delicate vines and tendrils intertwine in beautiful arabesques. Jamras Thapinta...
Artist: Jamras Thapinta
African Abstract Batik on Cotton Wall Art
Eclipse, African Abstract Batik on Cotton Wall Art
Samuel AshongA shadow covers the moon, revealing only a fragment of its silvery light. Depicting an eclipse, Samuel Ashong works in batik. "A lunar eclipse is universal and I want other people to see it in...
Artist: Samuel Ashong
Llama Themed Alpaca Blend Tapestry
Two alpacas, Llama Themed Alpaca Blend Tapestry
Rosa ParionaWith their long necks seemingly intertwined, two alpacas take on a mythic quality. Rosa Pariona pays tribute to a noble animal, prized by the Inca for its warm fleece. Her style is cubist as she...
Artist: Rosa Pariona
Fair Trade Peruvian Animal Themed Tapestry Wall Hanging
Hummingbird, Fair Trade Peruvian Animal Themed Tapestry Wall Hanging
Cerapio VallejoThis beautiful tapestry incorporates subtly stylized hummingbirds and tree branches in a symmetric pattern mirrored in contrasting colors. On a white background framed in dark colors, the inspiration...
Artist: Cerapio Vallejo
Holiday Scene, Batik art
Samuel AshongThe mandates of tradition clearly stipulate there shall be no fishing on a Tuesday. Fishermen rest while their boats are aligned on the shore. Should someone set out to fish on that day, the wrath of...
Artist: Samuel Ashong
The Rice Crop
Batik wall art
The Rice Crop, Batik wall art
Gusti Made SujanaTerraces curve up the mountainsides, far as the eye can see. Amid the lush panorama, people bend to the tasks of the rice harvest. It is Bali's fertile fields and plentiful water that allow the...
Artist: Gusti Made Sujana
Floral Wool Tapestry Wall Hanging
Daily Bouquet, Floral Wool Tapestry Wall Hanging
Efrain Curi"This tapestry is inspired by the love and tenderness of mothers, who are as sweet and delicate as flowers," confides Peru's Efrain Curi. He weaves the wool tapestry on a traditional...
Artist: Efrain Curi
Cotton wall hanging
Kinaree Heart, Cotton wall hanging
SophonAs night approaches, a Kinaree appears clad in gold performing her mythical dance. Her upper body is that of a beautiful woman while her lower body is that of a regal swan. According to Hindu belief...
Handcrafted Wool Tapestry from Peru
Zodiac, Handcrafted Wool Tapestry from Peru
Cerapio VallejoThe entrancing presence of cultural symbols of ancient Peru infuses this wall hanging with luminous wisdom. Cerapio Vallejo executes the motifs by hand, as each detail expresses the mystical meanings...
Artist: Cerapio Vallejo
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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.