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Tapestry Fabric Category Description:


The tapestry is one of the most pervasive works of art throughout historical Europe and elsewhere dating back to the 13th century. It is a luxurious fabric with a rich history whose weaving technique spread throughout all of Europe and into many countries who then developed their own distinctive styles. Many churches and cathedrals had a number of ornate tapestries depicting religious scenes, and kings and nobility would often commission a tapestry to tell the story of a great battle or event. Because the tapestry may be removed from a wall and rolled up for easy transport, in many circumstances they were preferred to murals or other static forms of art which were tied to the architecture. In a cathedral or other religious setting this mobility meant the tapestry could be kept stored away to be brought out only for special occasions and ceremonies, helping to add to its perceived importance.

Many tapestries were also used to decorate the abodes of medieval noblemen. Thus many tapestries portray royal gatherings captured with images of wine and feasts, or contain splendid landscapes filled with delicate floral patterns.

Today you can find just about any image you can imagine on tapestry fabric. It is truly a decorator's blessing. We have traditional floral tapestry fabrics along with fun and game tapestries that include golf, lighthouses, cats, dogs, billiards, and much more.

These designer tapestry fabrics can be used to make wall-hangings and pillows or to upholster furniture. You can create beautiful window treatments for your home, and with a little imagination, you can create unique tapestry handbags and accessories.

Timeless elegance and effortless class are the qualities most evident in our large selection of designer tapestry fabrics. Tapestry will draw out the innate beauty of your home for years to come.


Tapestry is a heavy woven textile with intricate designs. Tapestry is suitable for wall-hangings, upholstery, draperies, throws and even clothing. While most tapestry fabrics are made with at least six colors in the warp, some use only four colors. Because of the use of various colored thread and the way the threads can blend together in three dimensions, tapestry allows for an intricate interplay of color and light.

When deciding on the use of your tapestry, remember that your own personal selection of tapestry fabric can make a beautiful and decorative art heirloom for your family and serve as a wonderful feature in your home. Our designer tapestry fabrics will not only bring out the interior beauty of a room but will also create a sense of history.

With our large selection of themed tapestries, we can help bring your creative visions into fruition. Whether you are upholstering business furniture, personal household pieces or car interiors, or creating a piece of wearable art, there is something for almost every taste right here under one roof. Some of the themes we carry are:




card games      









We also carry the popular Rt 66 tapestry that is also available in cotton.

In addition to the tapestry fabrics, we also carry the notions necessary for bringing your projects to life. For instance, we have a wide selection of needles, including ones that are substantial enough to be used on tapestry and upholstery fabrics.

Cleaning your Tapestry Fabric

Tapestry fabric should be dry cleaned only. If you are upholstering with a tapestry fabric you can vacuum the fabric frequently to keep it clean. Removing surface dust will keep it from settling into the fabric to take up residence where it is likely to react with anything spilled on the fabric to make a stain even worse. Use the small brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner and if it’s not very clean, you can wrap it in cheesecloth and secure with a rubber band to protect the fabrics.

Storing your Tapestry Fabric

 If you are going to store your upholstery fabrics for any period of time, be sure to have them properly laundered first to prevent dust, soil and stains from attracting critters. Furthermore, avoid storing your upholstery fabrics in attics, basements and other places that tend to be vulnerable to mold, mildew and insects and other threats. The best storage location is a cool, dry room. If using a closet, make sure there is sufficient air circulation to prevent mold growth. Always store your fabrics out of direct sunlight.

Your upholstery fabrics can be stored in bags of linen, cotton or muslin. Do not use plastic bags, cedar chests or cardboard boxes for storage. Fumes from polyurethane foam, cedar closets and acids in unvarnished wood and cardboard can damage your upholstery fabrics. Acid free tissue paper can also be employed in the storage of your upholstery fabrics.

If possible, store your upholstery fabrics on a roll rather than folded to prevent difficult to remove creases from forming. If folding the fabric is your only option, try to remove the fabric and refold it regularly to prevent permanent creasing.


  • Do not remove cushion covers for separate washing or cleaning.
  • Rotate cushions frequently so the fabric gets even wear.
  • Do not remove cushion covers for separate washing or cleaning.
  • Do not wet fillings. Do not scrub with a stiff brush.
  • Vacuum regularly using low suction


* The above information is intended to aid our customers in their fabric projects. These suggestions are based on manufacturer's recommendations and customer insights. The above statements are not intended to be understood as unequivocal or applicable to every circumstance. Therefore, J&O Fabrics is not responsible for the results of the implementation of these cleaning methods.

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