In the odissey is remarked the endless weawing work of Penelope, ulysses wife.
The copto tapestries dating from the first centuries of christianity are considered the finest exemple from the past due to tecnhical skills and complexity.
The technique was introduced back in Europe by the Flemish after the crusade that placed Baldovino di Fiandra on Jerusalem’s throne in the 12th hundred.
COPTO TAPESTRY, Museo Alto Medioevo, Roma
The XV century saw the pick of the production with major artists hired to paint the cartoon needed to be wowen into tapestry. The most outstanding tapestries were produced in neithelands and france.
At the end of the XVIII century the art declined due to increasing cost of manpower and length of production. Social changes contributed: tapestry was an art aimed to express the prestige of the aristocracy now in decline.
During the French revolution tapestries were burnt to express reaction against the old regime and to recover the gold and silver within it.