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Most of the Chinese and Japanese tapestries have both warp and weft threads of silk.Pure silk tapestries were also made in the Middle Ages by the Byzantines and in parts of the Middle East.
The grain of 20th-century tapestry approximated that used in 14th- and 15th-century tapestry.Since the 18th and 19th centuries, however, the technical definition of tapestry has been narrowed to include only heavy, reversible, patterned or figured handwoven textiles, usually in the form of hangings or upholstery fabric.Tapestry traditionally has been a luxury art afforded only by the wealthy, and even in the 21st century large-scale handwoven tapestries are too expensive for those with moderate incomes.designed as single panels or sets.The sheen of silk thread was often used for highlights or to give a luminous effect when contrasted to the dull and darkly coloured heavier woolen threads.In 18th-century European tapestries, silk was increasingly used, especially at the Beauvais factory in France, to achieve subtle tonal effects.Known for the regularity and distinctness of its tapestries, the royal French tapestry factory in Paris known as the Gobelins used 15 to 18 threads per inch (6 to 7 per centimetre) in the 17th century and 18 to 20 (7 to 8) in the 18th century.
Another royal factory of the French monarchy at Beauvais had as many as 25 or even 40 threads per inch (10 to 16 per centimetre) in the 19th century.
These materials make possible greater variety and contrast of colour and texture and are better suited than wool to detail weaving or to creating delicate effects.
In European tapestry, light-coloured silks were used to create pictorial effects of tonal gradation and spatial recession.
Wholly Cotton and wool were employed for pre-Columbian Peruvian tapestries as well as for some of the tapestries made in the Islamic world during the Middle Ages.
Since the 14th century, European weavers have used gold and silver weft weaving in that no weft threads are carried the full width of the fabric web, except by an occasional accident of design.
A “room” order included not only wall hangings but also tapestry weavings to upholster furniture, cover cushions, and make bed canopies and other items.