Golden Brown Nazca Monkey Alpaca Blend Tapestry
Monkey Mischief, Golden Brown Nazca Monkey Alpaca Blend Tapestry
Deborcio ChoquecahuaDesigned and crafted by Deborcio Choquecahua of Peru, this beautiful alpaca blend tapestry is the artisan's interpretation of the Nazca monkey. The early inhabitants of the Nazca region of southern...$129.99
A Man Dreams
Handwoven Alpaca Blend Surreal Tapestry from Peru
A Man Dreams, Handwoven Alpaca Blend Surreal Tapestry from Peru
David Laura ZanabriaDavid Laura Zanabria adapts a surreal style to explore the psyche of a sleeping man. Appearing as fragmented images, birds, faces and animals come to life in a palette of vivid colors. The master...$329.99
Handwoven Alpaca Blend Inca Trilogy Tapestry from Peru
Inca Trilogy, Handwoven Alpaca Blend Inca Trilogy Tapestry from Peru
David Laura ZanabriaKnown as the Inca Trilogy, the condor, puma and snake represent the heavens, the earth, and the land of the dead in this stylish tapestry from Peru. David Laura Zanabria works on a rustic wood loom as...$319.99
Andean Alpaca Wool Blend Hand Woven Tapestry from Peru
Chakana Stars, Andean Alpaca Wool Blend Hand Woven Tapestry from Peru
David Laura ZanabriaAn astral symbol, the chakana symbolizes order in family and community life; it is taken from a constellation of stars that forms a square. The name means 'ladder to the sky' and the sacred Andean...$329.99
Nacimiento del Niño Jesús
Artisan Crafted Alpaca Blend Tapestry of Nativity Scene
Nacimiento del Niño Jesús, Artisan Crafted Alpaca Blend Tapestry of Nativity Scene
Deborcio ChoquecahuaDeborcio Choquecahua of Peru masterfully weaves this stunning tapestry from alpaca wool and acrylic fibers. He depicts the nacimiento de Jesús or the birth of baby Jesus in warm earthy hues of red...$239.99
Chakana Condor Bird Alpaca Blend Tapestry from Peru
Apu Kuntur, Chakana Condor Bird Alpaca Blend Tapestry from Peru
David Laura ZanabriaSymbolizing the stairway to the heavens, the chakana cross is a geometric symbol that evokes the Andean cosmovision. Peruvian artist David Laura Zanabria creates this stunningly mystical tapestry...$319.99
Yacumama, Mother of the Sea
Alpaca Blend Tapestry of Three Fish and a Bountiful Sea
Yacumama, Mother of the Sea, Alpaca Blend Tapestry of Three Fish and a Bountiful Sea
Deborcio ChoquecahuaDeborcio Choquecahua of Peru designs and hand crafts this vibrant tapestry made from an alpaca wool blend. Featuring three fish of deep red and golden-brown tumbling through olive green water, the...$234.99
Artisan Designed and Crafted Alpaca Blend Tapestry
Prideful Peacock, Artisan Designed and Crafted Alpaca Blend Tapestry
Maldonado FamilyFrom the talented Maldonado Family comes this colorful acrylic and alpaca blend tapestry. Depicting a proud peacock taking its place front and center, the wall hanging is festooned with various...$69.99
Artist: Maldonado Family
Magic of the Ocean
Handwoven Fish-Themed Alpaca Blend Tapestry from Peru
Magic of the Ocean, Handwoven Fish-Themed Alpaca Blend Tapestry from Peru
InkaCelebrating the magic of the ocean, Peruvian artisan Inka creates this lovely tapestry. He works with a soft alpaca and cotton blend, diligently weaving this composition by hand on an artisanal loom....$319.99
Vibrant Andean Afternoon
Handwoven Colorful Abstract Alpaca Blend Tapestry from Peru
Vibrant Andean Afternoon, Handwoven Colorful Abstract Alpaca Blend Tapestry from Peru
Rosa ParionaInspired by the colors of the afternoon, Peru's Rosa Pariona creates a vibrant tapestry. She works with a soft alpaca wool blend on a traditional loom to diligently hand-weave this tapestry, which...$629.99
Artist: Rosa Pariona
Inca Theme Handwoven Alpaca Blend Tapestry from Peru
Chacana Rituals, Inca Theme Handwoven Alpaca Blend Tapestry from Peru
Rosa ParionaRosa Pariona celebrates Inca art with a feast of colors as she weaves this tapestry on a traditional loom. Underscored by sapphire blue, golden chacanas appear in myriad abstract forms. Also known as...$664.99
Artist: Rosa Pariona
Handwoven Multicolored Alpaca Blend Tapestry from Peru
Andean Cosmovision, Handwoven Multicolored Alpaca Blend Tapestry from Peru
InkaInspired by the pre-Hispanic world view known as "cosmovision," Peruvian artisan Inka designs this impressive tapestry. Handwoven of alpaca blend yarns, the chakana, or Inca cross indicates...$409.99
Handwoven Geometric Wool Tapestry from Peru
Andean Riddle, Handwoven Geometric Wool Tapestry from Peru
Luis LeonInspired by the culture of the Andes, Peruvian artisan Luis Leon creates a tapestry that is full of culture. He chooses wool yarns of grey, white, and blue, hand-weaving them against a cotton warp...$54.99
Artist: Luis Leon
Handwoven Wool Tapestry in Brown from Peru
Andean Steps, Handwoven Wool Tapestry in Brown from Peru
Luis LeonEvoking a set of steps that lead to the top of an Andean temple, this geometric tapestry is designed by Peruvian artisan Luis Leon. He works on a traditional San Pedro loom, hand-weaving brown and...$67.99
Artist: Luis Leon
Acrylic Tapestries(14 items)
Welcome to the Acrylic Tapestrie Collection at NOVICA.
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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.
Featured Review on Acrylic Tapestries
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As expected a beautiful tapestry which will be much admired. Vibrant colours that will not disappoint. Great packaging and arrived a day early. Thank you so much. You are a very talented artist.
David Laura Zanabria Wool rugs and tapestries
"Through my art I want to reveal the Andean people and our capacity to redeem the past."