Fruit Basket Tapestry Luxury French Wall Hanging
This is a Hand Woven French Baroque Style Tapestry / Wall Hanging made using French Gobelin Tapestry weaving technique depicting a still life of a fruit basket inspired by Baroque Still Life Paintings from 1600s-1800s.
A beautiful rendition using Aubusson Flat Weave made with 100% New Zealand Wool woven by skilled artisans.
A centuries-old tradition, the craft of Aubusson tapestry consists of weaving an image using processes practised in Aubusson and a number of other localities in the Creuse region of France.
Aubusson tapestry can be based on an image in any artistic style, prepared by a designer. Weaving is done manually by a lissier, or weaver, on a loom positioned horizontally, working on the reverse side of the tapestry, and using yarns that are hand-dyed in house.
This process is time-consuming and expensive. The Aubusson tapestries are a gold standard throughout the world, to the extent that Aubusson has become a common noun in some languages.
Baroque Still Life Style
The Baroque Still Life Style focuses on inanimate objects such as fruits, flowers, and everyday objects. The Still Life style became popular around 1650 and remained a popular subject to today.
Fruit Basket Symbolisms
The Fruit Basket in the Tapestry symbolizes the richness and abundance of the land while each of the fruits bear their own meaning.
- The Pomegranates have diverse cultural-religious significance, as a symbol of life and fertility owing to their many seeds.
- The Grape is symbolic of Charity, Abundance, and Altruism.
- The Peaches symbolized virtue and honor.
A Fruit Basket containing an variety of symbolic fruits are used to decorate Great Halls and Living Rooms to demonstrate the values of the host.
This is a beautiful Gobelins weave tapestry. Newly made reproduction using 100% New Zealand wool on cotton foundation. It took months of hard work to finish. It was hand-woven exactly as in France centuries ago. The original tapestry made in France, if you could find one in the market, sells over ten times more expensive. You may find the original tapestries in museums, palaces and antique auctions.
This tapestry makes a great gift for your family or friend. A treasure to pass through generations. You have to see it in person to appreciate its magnificence! You will not regret owning such a beautiful artwork. Decorate your house like the wealthy do. It makes an eye catching focal point & a great conversation piece.
Please note that the tapestry was not laid perfectly flat when these pictures were taken. The warped lines are not a defect, but only a result of the fold lines. The crease will disappear after a few months. Or you may use an iron.
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History: The original tapestry was handwoven by Manufacture Des Gobelins, a tapestry factory located in Paris, France, at 42 Avenue Des Gobelins, near the Les Gobelins Metro Station in the 13th Arrondissement. It Is probably most famous for being the supplier of the French Courts since the time of Louis XIV. In the fifteenth century a family of dyers established themselves on the banks of the Bievre River. In 1602 Henry IV rented factory space to enable his tapestry makers to produce tapestries. It is now state owned and run by the French Ministry Of Culture.
Hand Woven Vs Machine Woven Tapestries: The handwoven tapestries are woven by skilled artisans one at a time. They are hand-crafted of 100% wool, or wool and silk, and tend to have a wide range of colors. In addition, they have subtle variations of specific colors, giving the design great detail. Whenever you come across a hand woven tapestry, you will know right away. They have a completely different look and feel to them when compared to the ones made by machines. The biggest problem that people have with a machine woven tapestry is that they normally will look flat because of the way that the stitching is with these types. The biggest benefit to a machine woven tapestry is the fact that the distributor can make many more at a time. This means that there is more selection and more inventory that you will have to choose from. And you will more than likely not have to pay as much. However, you will be losing some of the beauty and detailed designs that you can expect from a handwoven tapestry. Many people preferred to have a tapestry that was handwoven. It basically comes down to what it is that you want. Chenille tapestries and jacquard-woven tapestries are machine woven. You may easily tell a hand woven tapestry from a machine woven tapestry by looking at the hand craftsmanship from the back of the tapestry. Compare them for yourself before deciding.
Watch Getty video below to learn the art of hand-woven Aubusson tapestries: