The Art of Cloth Decoration

Ancient mankind dwelled in caves, and eventually built homes with rocks and mortar. During the hot parts of the year, these dwellings remained relatively cool and comfortable. Winter has always been a challenge for men, and stone walls and floors felt as if they radiated cold. Solving this issue was paramount, and men put natural materials to use as a solution for this pressing problem. They invented tapestries and rugs to stop the cold from spreading throughout their habitations, and two new industries were born that survive to this day.

Tapestries began as cloth hung upon walls to keep the cold at bay, but they eventually developed into a form of art. Rather than simply weaving large cloth panels that were drab, artisans found the time to create scenery in their work. They used a variety of colours to dye the threads that were woven, and successful artists found their wares in demand. This encouraged them to take on apprentices and journeymen so they could satisfy the needs of their clients.

Walking on cold stone floors was a problem in habitations where heating was limited, and ancient men found cloth was a good solution for this issue. Rag rugs are still in use today, and people have learned how to create beautiful patterns in this art form. Some societies realized the continuing need for an item that would be walked upon, and they developed their own art at making them. Hand-knotted rugs in various materials have been popular for centuries, and they will continue to be enjoyed by those who want to admire art on their floors.

While the need for warmth has been satisfied by modern heating, the need for art will continue. Tapestries and rugs as art forms will continue to be cherished for many centuries to come.