Hand Woven Red Wool Tapestry
Inca Frets, Hand Woven Red Wool Tapestry
Eliazar OchoaThis beautiful tapestry from Peruvian artisan Eliazar Ochoa is comprised of a repetitive pattern of puzzle-like frets. Woven of pure wool yarns on a traditional pedal loom, the long tapestry covers...$197.99
Andean Alpaca Wool Blend Hand Woven Tapestry from Peru
Chakana Stars, Andean Alpaca Wool Blend Hand Woven Tapestry from Peru
David Laura ZanabriaAn astral symbol, the chakana symbolizes order in family and community life; it is taken from a constellation of stars that forms a square. The name means 'ladder to the sky' and the sacred Andean...$337.99
Artist: David Laura Zanabria
Geometric Wool Tapestry Handwoven in Peru
Inca Calendar, Geometric Wool Tapestry Handwoven in Peru
Eliazar OchoaFor this tapestry, Peruvian artisan Eliazar Ochoa draws inspiration from the Inca calendar. Within a square grid, intricate geometric patterns in red and earth tones create a mesmerizing design....$187.99
Yacumama, Mother of the Sea
Alpaca Blend Tapestry of Three Fish and a Bountiful Sea
Yacumama, Mother of the Sea, Alpaca Blend Tapestry of Three Fish and a Bountiful Sea
Deborcio ChoquecahuaDeborcio Choquecahua of Peru designs and hand crafts this vibrant tapestry made from an alpaca wool blend. Featuring three fish of deep red and golden-brown tumbling through olive green water, the...$239.99
Artist: Deborcio Choquecahua
Birds of the Field
Hand Woven Wool Tapestry with Bird Motif
Birds of the Field, Hand Woven Wool Tapestry with Bird Motif
Eliazar OchoaArtisan Eliazar Ochoa of Peru uses wool to hand-weave this striking tapestry. Against a crimson background, a flock of birds flits amidst a field of flowers. A white fringe completes the lovely...
Bird Motif Handwoven Wool Tapestry from Peru
Stylized Birds, Bird Motif Handwoven Wool Tapestry from Peru
Zosimo LauraInspired by traditional textiles, Peruvian artisan Zosimo Laura creates this stunning tapestry. In hues of red and brown, stylized birds are woven by hand from wool on the telar de pie, or floor loom....
Artist: Zosimo Laura
Red Road to Nazca
Handwoven Wool Nazca Theme Tapestry in Red and Orange
Red Road to Nazca, Handwoven Wool Nazca Theme Tapestry in Red and Orange
Zosimo LauraZosimo Laura evokes the bold geometry of the Nazca Plain in this tapestry, intricately portrayed in hand-loomed wool. Mirror images of white silhouettes appear on deep red and orange. The mysterious...$159.99
Artist: Zosimo Laura
Wool Tapestry Red Wall Hanging
Andean Sunflower, Wool Tapestry Red Wall Hanging
David Laura ZanabriaBy Peru's David Laura Zanabria, this dazzling tapestry takes its inspiration from the sunflowers that abound in his homeland. He works in virgin wool, adding neat raised borders in high relief around...$337.99
Artist: David Laura Zanabria
Flight of the Condor
Andean Wool Tapestry
Flight of the Condor, Andean Wool Tapestry
Eliazar OchoaSoaring through crimson skies, the great Andean condor is revered in South America. The Inca considered the majestic bird as a guide. Working on a traditional handloom, Eliazar Ochoa portrays the...$177.99
Calendar of the Ancestors
Handwoven Inca Style Wool Tapestry from Peru
Calendar of the Ancestors, Handwoven Inca Style Wool Tapestry from Peru
Eliazar OchoaIn a dramatic display of artistry, Eliazar Ochoa depicts ancient motifs with deep, rich colors. Figures from the Inca calendar are aligned on squares and tinted in fascinating tones of red, black and...$199.99
Handwoven Geometric Wool Tapestry from Peru
Inca History, Handwoven Geometric Wool Tapestry from Peru
Eliazar OchoaInspired by the figures of the Inca calendar, Peruvian artisan Eliazar Ochoa designs a tapestry that will add a geometric beauty to your home decor. Handwoven of wool on a traditional loom, the...$364.99
Red Birds in Eden
Andean Handwoven Wool Tapestry with Birds on Red
Red Birds in Eden, Andean Handwoven Wool Tapestry with Birds on Red
Cerapio VallejoBirds sing together as they flock to the spreading branches of a tree. "This is the Tree of Happiness," says master weaver Cerapio Vallejo. "It signifies the reign of peace and love in...$199.99
Artist: Cerapio Vallejo
The Mayor, Wool tapestry
Francisco Huaynate PaucarInspired by the legendary customs and traditions of Cuzco, Francisco Huayanate portrays a fictitious mayor of an Andean community. His gaze is stern, his stance is proud. He wears the colorful weaves...$219.99
Artist: Francisco Huaynate Paucar
Colorful Geometric Handwoven Wool Tapestry (4x5)
Andean Birdsong, Colorful Geometric Handwoven Wool Tapestry (4x5)
Eliazar OchoaPeru's national bird, the cock of the rocks, appears in brilliant mirror images. Inspiring Eliazar Ochoa, they are dazzling on a handwoven tapestry. Aligned with diamonds, the voluptuous birds...$339.99
Crimson Inca Calendar
Handwoven Red Wool Tapestry with Pre-Hispanic Motifs
Crimson Inca Calendar, Handwoven Red Wool Tapestry with Pre-Hispanic Motifs
Eliazar OchoaIn a dramatic display of artistry, Eliazar Ochoa depicts ancient motifs with deep, rich colors. Figures from the Inca calendar are aligned on squares and tinted in fascinating tones of red, black and...$329.99
Beautiful Andean Flower
Fair Trade Floral Wool Tapestry
Beautiful Andean Flower, Fair Trade Floral Wool Tapestry
Eliazar OchoaWildflowers bloom on Andean slopes, filling the summer hills with their exuberant beauty. Inspiring Eliazar Ochoa, they bloom again on a hand woven tapestry. Aligned in diamonds, bright petals appear...$177.99
Temple Guardians, Wool tapestry
Efrain CuriGuardian faces open their mouths as if to shout a warning. Depicted in a stunning hand-loomed tapestry, they represent the cabezas clavas, stone sculptures that stand at the entrance to a temple in...$129.99
Artist: Efrain Curi
Red Tapestries(18 items)
Welcome to the Red Tapestrie Collection at NOVICA.
The Village Council
Your answers straight from the village experts
As with any work of art, direct sunlight will fade colors over time, especially for tapestries with natural dyes. We recommend hanging your tapestry in an area that avoids direct sun exposure to maintain vibrancy. To clean your woven tapestry, use a vacuum with an upholstery attachment or dry clean if necessary. Spot treatment can also be used with a gentle fabric cleaner, but we recommend testing it on a small area first. Alternatively, you may hand wash your tapestry using cold water, then hang it to dry in the shade. Some tapestries made from cotton fabric may be machine washed on cold.
When it comes to handcrafted traditional tapestries, the most common materials include wool, cotton, silk, and natural dyes. Certain regions incorporate unique materials or designs into their tapestries. In the Andes, alpaca fiber is commonly used. In India, one finds batik printed cotton. In Mexico and Central America sheep wool and natural cotton threads are frequently used. In Thailand, rich silk material is a feature of handmade tapestries.
To craft an eco-friendly tapestry, traditional artisans hold themselves to high standards, both in terms of materials and processes. Natural fibers, textiles, and dyes are derived from plants and trees. Some artisans even incorporate recycled or upcycled materials in their commitment to eco-friendly processes. Traditional art forms that are passed down through the generations are often painstakingly made by hand. They are naturally eco-friendly, as they avoid mass production, factory runoff, and industrial waste. This also means that each tapestry is uniquetruly one of a kind.
When it comes to tapestries, function meets style! A handmade tapestry can be a great way to brighten up any living space while providing insulation against the cold. Materials like alpaca and sheep wool create natural warmth by trapping cool air inside the cloth, creating a more stable temperature within the room.
While factory-produced tapestries are increasingly available to consumers, traditional, authentic tapestries are handmade by artisans who often learn the artform from older generations. Skilled makers from the Andes, India, Mexico and Thailand make use of foot-treadle or backstrap looms, where they interweave warp and weft threads and then tamp them down into a tight stitch. An artisan may finish a handmade tapestry by using a needle and thread or a sewing machine for final touches.
Traditional tapestries depict scenes and images which are drawn from the lives and natural environments of the artisans who craft them. Some include geometric designs, like the mandala, which is thought to represent wholeness and symmetry. Others make use of paisley, floral, or leafy patterns, particularly in tapestries from India. Central American tapestries may incorporate geometric motifs, animals, and people, while Mexican tapestries are often colorful with Greca patterns and designs. Thai artisans use symbols that are popular within Thai culture, religious characters, animal scenes, or depictions of human forms. Unique tapestries from the Andes are often vibrant with elaborate scenes that incorporate folklore, village life, and pastoral existence.
The methods for making tapestries vary as widely as the regions from which they come. Because many traditional artisans adopt the methods of their ancestors, they have kept those ancient artforms alive and well. In the Andes, weavers often work on a wooden treadle loom in which they use foot pedals, called treadles, to control the weave of the tapestry. In Central America, the treadle loom and the backstrap loom are both integral to tapestry art. The backstrap loom is one of the oldest techniques which dates back thousands of years, in which one part of the loom is attached to the weaver and the other part is attached to a fixed object (historically, a tree). To create vibrant color, artisans embroider and dye their tapestries with natural plants and pigments. Around the world, weavers use tie-dye, Dabu (the application of wax or gum clay and resin to the cloth to create a diffuse color effect), Batik (an ancient method in which dye-resistant wax is applied to cloth to create select patterns of color), hand embroidery, and patchwork to create unique and diverse tapestry art.
The tapestry is an ancient textile art form that dates back thousands of years to early civilizations in Peru, Egypt, and Thailand. In Peru, skilled weavers used colorful camelid fiber threads to create beautiful tapestries for ritualistic funeral mantles. Ancient Incas wove short tunics (Unku) to show importance and social status. Ancient Egyptians crafted shroud-like tapestries to bury their dead. Tapestries gained international prominence when Europeans began to decorate their castles and churches with elaborate textiles that depicted historical scenes, as well as religious messages. Today, skilled artisans preserve the ancient techniques of their ancestors. In Thailand, for example, silk weavers are renowned for techniques that have been used since the rule of the Angkor kings circa 800 A.D. In Central America, contemporary weavers pay homage to early Mayan artisans who used plants, shells, and even snails to color their first tapestries in the 15th century. In India, where some of the first tapestries were made and the textile industry became the base of their economy, the skills of generations past still live on in modern artisans.
Eliazar Ochoa Ayacucho wool tapestries
"I love working in different colors and I find inspiration in the land of my birth — its history and the stories of my ancestors. I especially love preserving our traditions and techniques.
"Ayacucho is a privileged place. In the 17th century, it was already an important textile center, which made it one of our most important cities during the colonial period. Our... read more