Painting a wall or choosing a design of wallpaper which is best suited for your room, has proven to being sometimes, one of the most tedious and even stressful tasks of beautifying your home. What more, if you decide to do it yourself – the whole process of prepping your walls, getting the accessories and browsing through endless Youtube tutorials - browsing through shade after shade paint, and patterns after patterns of wallpaper can be really nerve-wrecking!
And therein lies the importance of tapestries. A tapestry fills the room with a warmth which makes your home, a special place to be. They represent the visual connection of a home that has a heart, body, mind and soul.
In case you didn’t know exactly what tapestry is:-
Tapestry’s are a piece of thick textile fabric with pictures or designs formed by weaving coloured weft threads or by embroidering on canvas, used as a wall hanging or furniture covering.
Here are the top 5 reasons why we think tapestries make great wall deco!
1. Tapestries Are A Sight For Sore Eyes
Tapestries can instantly add a pop of colour and vibrancy to your living space or wherever you choose to hang it. Different scenes or designs on tapestries convey different emotions and environments (vibes, if you will). It lifts the energy in the space and can help create an atmosphere of serenity in your home.
These pieces of fabric need not cover the entire wall, depending on your preference. Nonetheless, tapestries make great conversation starters when having guests over! Especially if there’s a great story behind the tapestry (for example, having bought it during your travel to an exotic country like Bhutan or Kenya).
The mandala, is a popular design sighted in tapestry. This geometric figure is said to represent the universe, and symbolises ‘wholeness’ and ‘completeness’. Nonetheless, the vibrant effect that tapestries can exude in one’s home space is demonstrated here.
As a home decor item, it lends a creative aspect to your home. From art pop to religious pictures, from hallucinatory psychedelic colours to stylish designs, ethnic decorative art tapestries have millions of design styles and variations. The choices are really endless!
2. Tapestries Are Affordable
Because of the popularity of tapestries in recent times, there are tonnes of printed tapestries featuring an array of patterns and designs for one to choose from and that are sold at a fraction of the price. It is possible to purchase a wall-sized tapestry for less than RM200 – which is really a fraction of the cost that one would spend painting or placing wallpaper on the wall.
These aesthetically-pleasing pieces of fabric can be easily purchased online from websites like eBay, Etsy, Lazada and more.
3. Tapestries Are Convenient
As mentioned previously, tapestries are much easier to place on the wall than painting or placing wallpaper. All you need to attach your tapestries to the wall is by placing them on curtain rods, or a rod with finials with to prevent the fabric from sliding off. The only thing you would need to assure is that the rods are fixed securely to the wall, other than that, you’re good to go!
4. Tapestries Creates The Illusion Of A Larger Space
If you have rooms that are small and cramped, using a wall tapestry makes your living space look bigger. Some offices and living rooms are filled with objects and furniture that give it a boring and dull look. The relative wideness of the tapestry can help in creating the illusion of a larger room. When employing tapestry in your living space, remember that this fabric piece acts as the main feature item of the room. Opt for fewer, larger decorations such as a wall tapestry as opposed to many different smaller items, which make the wall feel cluttered.
Do remember to accurately measure the size of your wall before purchasing and placing a tapestry there. A too small hanging will look strange on a gaping wall, while an oversized hanging that leaves little or no border around the wall will look out of place. Most decorators recommend hanging tapestries in large rooms with high ceilings. Select a blank wall that has nothing else hanging on it.
5. Tapestries Are Multipurpose
This additional utility makes it not just a wall decoration item, but also something that can be placed on your bed, dining table or anywhere. Tapestries can serve as the perfect backdrop for photo shoots, it can be used as a beach blanket, a picnic mat, a beach wrap, a furniture throw, a sun canopy, a bed coverlet, a shower curtain etc. – the possibilities are endless!
If you’re someone who enjoys a good do-it-yourself (DIY) project just stitch in some foam and make a rug out of it, or sew it into a pillow cover – better yet, you can even weave or paint your own tapestry and lend a personal touch to it.
When shopping for tapestries to adorn your home, it is important to select one that you love. Much like an oil painting, it is a piece of art that will decorate your home for many years to come. Often used as a focal point in the room, there are numerous factors to consider when selecting the right piece to fill your empty wall space. So if you haven’t considered tapestry as a wall deco, it’s about time you do!
(Written by: Rekha Shankar, 2nd September 2016)