Alpaca blend tapestry
Avian Spirit, Alpaca blend tapestry
David Laura ZanabriaA dove swoops down from the sky, winging its way through the darkness in a tapestry of beautiful textures by David Laura Zanabria. In the background, an astral symbol, the chakana, symbolizes order in...$329.99
Wool tapestry (2x2.5)
Sea Birds, Wool tapestry (2x2.5)
Zosimo LauraA swirling diagonal in warm shades of green reveals an intricate motif of graceful parihuana birds. They meet and entwine in a tapestry by Zosimo Laura. Carefully combining colors, he creates this...$89.99
Artist: Zosimo Laura
Swallows in the Sky
Andean Artisan Handwoven Blue Wool Tapestry
Swallows in the Sky, Andean Artisan Handwoven Blue Wool Tapestry
Cerapio VallejoPerched on a slender trunk, migrating swallows return home for the summer. Cerapio Vallejo creates a beautiful image of Andean birds, detailing their brilliant plumage. Precisely woven on a...$289.99
Artist: Cerapio Vallejo
Handcrafted Floral Wall Hanging Tapestry
Blossom Comets, Handcrafted Floral Wall Hanging Tapestry
Efrain CuriRadiant like dashing comets, orange blooms shine against an intense blue background. Efrain Curi looms an impressive wool tapestry to preserve Ayacucho's weaving legacy. Titled "Flores...$89.99
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
Animal Themed Printed Cotton Wall Hanging from India
Forest Mandala, Animal Themed Printed Cotton Wall Hanging from India
Osho MaharajaThe historic beauty of the Indian mandala is reflected in this wall hanging, crafted of cotton and screen printed with intricate motifs. Majestic elephants and birds are captured in lime green and...$34.99
Artist: Osho Maharaja
Alpaca blend tapestry
Water Spirit, Alpaca blend tapestry
Rosa ParionaRosa Pariona creates an underwater fantasy where fish and eels dance in celebration in a fabulous tapestry. The Andean artisan works with an alpaca wool blend along with natural and artificial dyes as...$697.99
Artist: Rosa Pariona
Peruvian Coast, Wool tapestry
David Laura ZanabriaPeople in boats gaze at the sunset sky as they sail along the Peruvian coast. Seagulls soar overhead, beautifully depicted in a tapestry. David Laura Zanabria creates a superb example of Ayacucho...$139.99
Blue Roosters, Wool tapestry
Eliazar OchoaA celebration of nature, this glorious tapestry represents the cock of the rocks, an avian symbol of Peru. Master weaver Eliazar Ochoa transforms virgin wool into this splendid wall hanging. Titled...$369.99
Andean Sea Life
Fish Theme Hand-loomed 100% Alpaca Tapestry from Peru
Andean Sea Life, Fish Theme Hand-loomed 100% Alpaca Tapestry from Peru
Teofilo ChoquecahuaTeofilo Choquecahua takes inspiration from the abundant sea life of the Peruvian coasts to create this vivid tapestry. He hand-weaves it on a traditional loom using 100% alpaca wool and adds...$359.99
Artist: Teofilo Choquecahua
Blue Mandala Harmony
Printed Bohemian Cotton Wall Hanging of Blue Mandala
Blue Mandala Harmony, Printed Bohemian Cotton Wall Hanging of Blue Mandala
Osho MaharajaUnderscored by a florid universe, a mandala captivates with dazzling concentric artistry symbolizing unity and harmony. From Osho Maharaja, this dazzling cotton wall hanging is screen printed with...$25.99
Artist: Osho Maharaja
Autumn in the North
Andes Handwoven Wool Tapestry of a Landscape
Autumn in the North, Andes Handwoven Wool Tapestry of a Landscape
Luis LeonSilhouetted against the chill blue sky, autumn trees recall summer's bounty, while releasing dried foliage to the earth. Master weaver Luis León creates this colorful image the Northern Peruvian...$149.99
Glorious Spring, Wool tapestry
Efrain CuriCrocuses, morning glories and carnations spring to life in hand-loomed wool. Serenaded by birds in the blue sky of spring, they grace an extraordinary tapestry. It is expertly woven by Efrain Curi....$237.99
Blue Tropical Forest
Blue Handwoven Tapestry with Birds (4x5)
Blue Tropical Forest, Blue Handwoven Tapestry with Birds (4x5)
Eliazar OchoaFor Eliazar Ochoa, the splendid diversity in Peru's Amazon region constitutes a veritable paradise. He depicts birds, butterflies, beetles and even a snake in a blue universe. Flowers thrive and...$359.99
Handwoven Wool Mandala Tapestry in Blue from Peru
Blue Mandala, Handwoven Wool Mandala Tapestry in Blue from Peru
Luis LeonCombining Inca motifs with traditional Hindu and Buddhist mandala designs, Peruvian artisan Luis Leon creates a truly mesmerizing tapestry. In tones of blue and yellow, geometric motifs form...$194.99
Handwoven Ocean-Themed Wool Tapestry from Peru
High Seas, Handwoven Ocean-Themed Wool Tapestry from Peru
Luis LeonBy Peruvian artisan Luis Leon, this evocative tapestry captures the spirit of the high seas. In blue and white hues, wool is handwoven using a technique known as llenado to create stripes and wavelike...$69.99
Handcrafted Geometric Wool Tapestry Wall Hanging
Blue Radiance, Handcrafted Geometric Wool Tapestry Wall Hanging
Efrain CuriA ray of white light centers this radiant tapestry by Efrain Curi. Gradually shading toward azure and navy, it is meticulously created on the Andean handloom. Curi uses the kilim, or "slit"...$237.99
Handmade Wool Bird Tapestry Wall Hanging
Amazon Macaws, Handmade Wool Bird Tapestry Wall Hanging
Luis LeonGliding through the rainforest on bright blue wings, macaws seem to converse in flight. Luis León portrays the splendid tropical birds with astonishing realism. He weaves the piece on a handloom...$137.99
Floral Wool Tapestry from Peru
Sweet Flowers, Floral Wool Tapestry from Peru
Eliazar OchoaEliazar Ochoa in Peru crafts this wonderful long tapestry on a traditional pedal loom, using pure wool yarns on a cotton warp. The tapestry features three large blossoms in burgundy and cerise on a...$194.99
Hand Woven Wool Tapestry
Ocean Life, Hand Woven Wool Tapestry
Francisco Huaynate PaucarWhales breach and dive in deep Pacific waters off the coast of Peru. They dominate a seascape where colorful fish swim amid living coral. Francisco Huaynate Paucar conveys the ocean's majesty in a...$237.99
Artist: Francisco Huaynate Paucar
Garden of Butterflies
Wool wall hanging
Garden of Butterflies, Wool wall hanging
Efrain CuriHandwoven in celestial blue, this elegant wall hanging hosts butterflies. Multicolor wings flit joyously amid brilliant flowers, all depicted in virgin wool. Efrain Curi creates an exceptional wall...$469.99
Blue Tapestries(22 items)
Welcome to the Blue 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 Reviews on Blue Tapestries
I wasnt even looking for a wall hanging and saw Blue Tropical Forest by accident. I had to have it! It will hang in a place of honor. Thank you, Mr. Ochoa!
Such a beautiful piece! i will love it forever!
This piece far exceeded my expectations. The quality is superb! The colours are rich and are exactly as pictured. The weight is just right for wall hanging. I can hardly wait to get this hung and admire it everyday!
Efrain Curi Handwoven tapestries and rugs
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Popular Blue Tapestries
Animal Themed Printed Cotton Wall Hanging from India, "Forest Mandala"
Animal Themed Printed Cotton Wall Hanging from India, "Forest Mandala"The historic beauty of the Indian mandala is reflected in this wall hanging, crafted of cotton and screen printed with intricate motifs. Majestic elephants and birds are captured in lime green and...$34.99
The historic beauty of the Indian mandala is reflected in this wall hanging, crafted of cotton and screen printed with intricate motifs. Majestic elephants and birds are captured in lime green and turquoise, surrounded by beautiful floral motifs. The size of this textile allows it to function as a bedspread.
Handwoven Wool Mandala Tapestry in Blue from Peru, "Blue Mandala"
Handwoven Wool Mandala Tapestry in Blue from Peru, "Blue Mandala"Combining Inca motifs with traditional Hindu and Buddhist mandala designs, Peruvian artisan Luis Leon creates a truly mesmerizing tapestry. In tones of blue and yellow, geometric motifs form...$194.99
Combining Inca motifs with traditional Hindu and Buddhist mandala designs, Peruvian artisan Luis Leon creates a truly mesmerizing tapestry. In tones of blue and yellow, geometric motifs form concentric patterns in this tapestry. Luis works on an artisanal telar de pedal, or floor loom to hand-weave this tapestry of wool.
Alpaca blend tapestry, "Avian Spirit"
Alpaca blend tapestry, "Avian Spirit"A dove swoops down from the sky, winging its way through the darkness in a tapestry of beautiful textures by David Laura Zanabria. In the background, an astral symbol, the chakana, symbolizes order in...$329.99
A dove swoops down from the sky, winging its way through the darkness in a tapestry of beautiful textures by David Laura Zanabria. In the background, an astral symbol, the chakana, symbolizes order in family and community life; it is taken from a constellation of stars that forms a quadratic square.
Titled "Espíritu de aves" in Spanish.
Andes Handwoven Wool Tapestry of a Landscape, "Autumn in the North"
Andes Handwoven Wool Tapestry of a Landscape, "Autumn in the North"Silhouetted against the chill blue sky, autumn trees recall summer's bounty, while releasing dried foliage to the earth. Master weaver Luis León creates this colorful image the Northern Peruvian...$149.99
Silhouetted against the chill blue sky, autumn trees recall summer's bounty, while releasing dried foliage to the earth. Master weaver Luis León creates this colorful image the Northern Peruvian countryside with this evocative handwoven tapestry.
Titled "Otoño en el Norte" in Spanish.