Retailers of Magnificent French Woven & Silkscreen Tapestries using traditional Jacquard looms, fully woven, numbered
& signed by master weavers

 
Tapestry Catalogue
 
11th and 15th Century Chivalry Norman & Medieval Medieval 'Mille Fleur'
Renaissance Silkscreen Verdures & Aristolicia
Landscapes Pastorals & Maritimes 18th & 19th Century Decoratives English & William Morris Series
Contemporary Cushions Catalogue

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Phone 03 9803 4419
Mobile 0407 526 186
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Fleur de Lys Tapestries

Specialising in French woven tapestries, Fleur de Lys Tapestries is the largest importer of tapestries to Australia. Tapestries conjure to mind medieval castles, marvellous churches and grandiose designs, but these lovely portable artworks aren’t just for the grand homes of Europe. These works of art can look just at home in your house, teamed with everything from French-provincial to traditional country furnishings. They create a versatile platform for decorating, featuring a range of colours that tie-in with existing fixtures and cover bare walls with a pictorial story. They are perfect wall hangings for large walls and curved large stair-wells. Tapestries are a wonderful form of ‘portable art’ that you can roll up and move around the house when you feel like a change without the risk of breakages! Fleur de Lys Tapestries have made these works of art affordable and are providing an easy way of viewing these tapestries in your home without any obligation to buy. By viewing them in your home, before any purchase, you would ensure that the woven tapestry fabric itself fits in with your décor. Also the size of the tapestry has to fit in with the space and size of the wall. All this, before any purchase or obligation to buy! We are in the area and would love to show you these works of art for no obligation.

Fleur de Lys Tapestries is now offering specially designed hanging rods and woven tapestry cushions free with every tapestry sold. Please see more details below or call us on 0407 526 186 for an obligation free viewing.

The Beauty of Tapestries

Fleur de Lys exquisite Tapestries capture the atmosphere and charm of the originals and are created by skilled craftsmen in small ‘ateliers’ working in many attractive textures. Choose from hundreds of designs, colours and sizes to add that luxurious touch to your décor.

These classic tapestries have been hand-picked as being the most beautiful and most artistic of all tapestries still being made by French, English and Flemish weavers. Tapestries are magnificent and are suitable for entrance halls, dinning areas, lounge rooms and other areas of your home where an object d'art can be appreciated.

The tapestries are either silkscreen or woven. Silkscreen tapestries are reproductions of the original works hanging in places such as the Louvre, Chateaux in the Loire Valley and in private homes in Europe. These tapestries are high quality, with the emphasis on recreating the atmosphere and visual impact of the classic masterpieces.

Based on a weaving method invented in 1804, loom-woven tapestries are produced on Jacquard looms, involving the interweaving of warp and weft yarns of different colours to create the design. The setting up and control of the looms is a highly skilled and delicate operation requiring much attention to detail.

Both types are ideal investment and heirloom pieces, which are major talking points in any house or office. Due to the nature of tapestry fabric, nobility and scholars throughout history have collected and preserved these works of art. Now you can see these works of art in palaces and museums throughout the world. Or you can own a piece of history and culture to savor and preserve for yourself. Here are most of history's finest tapestries reproduced for you. Each tapestry comes in different sizes as detailed in the enlargements. These works of art are the finest made in the world. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

The Silkscreen Process

This method of reproducing the original tapestries enables very authentic replicas to be created, with a genuine patina or "aged' appearance. Tapestries produced by this method are particularly effective in period properties and in situations where an ancient look is required.

The woven tapestry fabric of which they are composed has an irregular texture which closely simulates the antique stitch. The design is then produced by means of each colour being individually applied through silkscreen by hand. Approximately sixteen colours are used in this process, commencing with the lightest colours, gradually working through to the darker colours, thereby building up many subtle shading effects and colour-tone gradations.

Tapestries created in this way are entirely made by hand, involving a very lengthy production time, and the results are undoubtedly the most authentic copies of the original tapestries as we know them today.

The Weaving Process

Woven tapestries are produced on Jacquards looms. These ancient oak-framed looms are replicas of the loomsbuilt in 1757 by Jacques de Vaucanson (1709 - 1782). The operation is entirely by hand, demanding great skill on the part of the master weavers.

Tapestries are composed of wool, cotton and silk. The wool provides an ancient appearance, the cotton is used to give strength, and the silk is used to create highlights in various parts such as clothing and flowers. The composition of these materials differs depending on the tapestry being woven. The final product has a unique lustre and beauty, and is the result of much patience, skill and attention to detail on the part of the master weavers who continue this tradition.

History

Tapestry is one of those French traditions which, through the centuries, has made a rich contribution to the beauty of French heritage.

In the Middle Ages (13th and 15th centuries), until the Hundred Years War, the Ile-de-France was the leading producer, with Paris the undoubted capital. Then the war and the systematic plundering of towns sent the tapestry makers fleeing northwards where they founded the Ateliers d'Arras (Arras studios). When Arras was pillaged, they went on towards Flanders which became their new centre.

These tapestry makers, true craftsmen worked in family concerns, wove mythological scenes and later on, medieval scenes, taking their inspirations from the translations of Greek and Latin texts.



Medieval Age

Towards the end of the 15th century, the Val de Loire became a popular place for tapestry makers, and it was in this "cradle of French kings" that the most prestigious medieval tapestries were made, now found in museums. This was the period of the "Mille Fleur" tapestry, with rural scenes overflowing with freshness and charm, where gentle ladies, lords and peasant folk frolic on a background of "bord de Loire" flowerets. Perhaps some of the finest examples are the series of the Lady with the Unicorn tapestries, which hang at the Cluny Museum in Paris.

The Age of Chivalry.

The end of the Middle Ages saw appearance of epic scenes. Kings and princes had tapestries woven of their tournaments, combats, victories and even their hunting parties. This period remains the most prolific for unrivalled masterpieces.


Renaissance

With the Renaissance and the arrival of the Italian artists, tapestry radically changed style. Associating painting and tapestry, Raphael introduced the art of compositions, order, clarity, perspective, décor and the rich borders and arabesques that characterised the highly coloured style of the Renaissance period.

Around 1530 in France, Francois 1 foundered the first royal tapestry factory in Fontainebleau, near Paris. Around 1660 Colbert established the royal factory of Les Gobelins, then Beauvais 4 years later, under the protection of Louis XIV. More than 800 tapestry makers could be seen at the Gobelins in Paris, under the direction of Charles Le Brun, whose idea was to group the artists according to their various talents and tastes. This is why it was not unusual to find panels signed by several different artists.

After the death of Louis XIV, the official formal subjects disappeared to give way to more imaginative subjects. Tapestry weaving became more romantic with beautiful landscapes. This style reached its peak with Boucher.

The French Revolution put a stop to the creative genius of the tapestry makers, but in 1795, Beauvais, Aubusson and Gobelins reopened, and until the 19th century reproduced the designs of great artists of the royal factories.

Today, although there are more than five centuries between us and the first major works woven by these tapestry makers, we are proud to be able to offer all art lovers, genuine collector's items to decorate a room, whatever the style or the size of the interior.

These works of art, painstakingly created by these artists are presented in our gallery.

Price Guarantee.

Fleur de Lys Tapestries is the largest wholesaler and retailer of French, Flemish and English tapestries. We love these works of art, and have brought together a large selection of the best woven and silkscreen tapestries. We pride ourselves on superior level of service and shopping experience. But we also take great care to ensure our prices are competitive. We set our prices against our competitors and keep regular checks on what is happening in the market place especially overseas. Of course, we appreciate you may want to shop around and look for the best possible price. That is why we offer you our Price Guarantee.

If you happen to find a cheaper price on any of these tapestries in any retail outlet we will match the price and beat it by a further 10%. Simply notify us, and after we have verified the lower price, we will reduce our price and take off another 10% of the lower price. That's our Price Guarantee. And that's why it costs no more to shop at Fleur de Lys.

Free Hanging Rod or matching tapestry cushions with any tapestry sold.

Fleur de Lys Tapestries is offering, free of charge, hanging rods or matching tapestry cushions with any tapestry sold. These hanging rods are flush mounted against the wall using the brass screws and plugs provided. This way it sits perfectly against the wall with no gaps. These unique rods are expandable to any size and will fit any tapestry. The finials, as seen in some of the images in our catalogue, come in two styles and six sizes, ranging from 35cm to 300cm.

The 'Fleur de Lys' finials are cast by hand in solid brass then 'antiqued' to give an authentic aged appearance. The 'Spear' finials are also cast by hand in solid brass then finished in matt-black to give an aged wrought iron effect. The woven tapestry cushions, approximately 48 by 48cm, would be matched to your chosen tapestry.

The Offer - small sizes (200cm in width) come with a choice of a hanging rod (with finials) or a woven cushion. Medium sizes (up to 250cm in width) come with a choice of a hanging rod and one woven tapestry cushion. Larger sizes (250cm - 300cm) come with a large rod with finials and two matched woven tapestry cushions.

These tapestry hanging rods and cushions and can viewed during your obligation free viewing. Please call us for more details.