Design: Painting Pictures with Fabric

Helena Hernmarck's tapestries enhance corporate architecture

The art of tapestry weaving, which is as old as civilization itself, reached an aesthetic peak during the Renaissance, especially in the manufactory founded by the Parisian dye worker Jean Gobelin. In that era, no European palace was deemed properly palatial without its Gobelins in halls and stairways.

Nowadays tapestry weavers try to make modern corporate headquarters look properly palatial. And where the Renaissance craftsmen typically copied famous works by painters like Raphael, most contemporary weavers follow the lead of those 20th century painters and sculptors who have worked in an abstract mode. Their credo is "honest" use of materials. It...

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