A fine pair of machine woven tapestries, Continental scene, made in Belgium
Description: excellent condition- no creases, tares, holes etc. Stamped on the back made in Belgium, the first depicting an elegant figures in late 18th century dress; the other with an Orientalist scene.
Date: circa 1900-20
Measurements: Tall 20″ x Wide 58″
Jacquard woven tapestries was developed by Joseph Marie Jacquard (1752-1834). The most difficult part was the first step creating the Jacquard card. Taking several months. Before the first tapestry is made, several samples and color tests have to be made. Once this card is made, the weaver is able to make the tapestry, more than once. Most older Jacquard tapestries tend to be made of wool (enhancing the ‘feeling’ of a true tapestry), however cotton threads can be even finer than wool, so they can make a more detailed tapestry tapestry. A little history on this type of Tapestry: Around 1805, Joseph Marie Jacquard (1752-1834), developed the concept and made a more sophisticated loom using “punched cards” to command the position of each thread in the weaving process. Jacques de Vaucanson created the first mechanical looms in the second half of the XVIIIth century. With the knowledge of making designs for tapestries and weaving, Flanders became one of the most important areas were ateliers were located. Now these days the best Jacquard looms are used to produce very fine jacquard tapestries. The looms became increasingly sophisticated. This means there is more flexibility to create new tapestries. The greatness of old Flanders could not be better illustrated than by one of its most famous export product: Belgian Tapestry. In the weaving of tapestry, artistic flair and craftsmanship were combined to produce treasures, which are now housed in private collections, renowned museums and public buildings worldwide.