If sceneries and classic works of art occupy living room walls and romantic French tapestries are meant for bedrooms, food and wine tapestries understandably belong to the dining room. This is the nature of tapestries. They amplify the existing mood in a room via their color, texture, or general theme. Yet as with most things in art, they are highly symbolic. In this case, food and wine signify abundance and prosperity. At a more superficial level, they also induce appetite to make a meal more inviting and delectable.
Historically, tapestries with such subject matter bring to mind feasts, going back to the concept of abundance and wealth. They are also associated with nobility, as any court gathering includes generous and overflowing wine. It is one of the most popular themes in Renaissance tapestries.
Food and wine tapestries typically find themselves hanging on walls of kitchens and dining rooms in homes, restaurants, wine specialty shops, or even a living room with an Italian motif. A popular example, for instance, depicts the annual wine harvest, showing peasants gathering grapes to be made into wine. While this strictly falls under wine tapestries, it is also a scenery that may be used to accentuate your living room.
For the Love of Wine
In the same way that a collection of replicas of famous artworks signify that the owner is an art connoisseur, wine tapestries demonstrate to your visitors your love of wines. Wine tapestries are most commonly placed in the kitchen and the pantry area, as hanging one in your wine cellar wall may prove to be redundant. In general, these pieces conjure up images of the days of wine and roses, imbibing a romantic feel to any space.
Wine tapestries typically do not have bright screaming colors. They are understated and formal. The most common colors used are green, rose, and black. Expect a lot of purple, as they can incorporate vineyards, grapes, and even wine bottles. Have this color scheme in mind to make sure that your tapestry goes well with the motif of the room.
At its most basic level, while a tapestry depicting wine will never replace the real thing, it is always nice to have this image to enhance a good meal.
American Wine Tapestries
While wine in tapestries are mostly European in nature, there is also something called the American wine decor. These artworks involve scenes from, among others, California’s Napa Valley. Along with the usual vineyards and classic wine bottles, American decor at times includes hot air balloons. The American variety also fits a different room design altogether. The European kind is for the classic, almost medieval look, while the American type is for the modern, trendy, and contemporary living space.
Wine as Fruit Tapestry
Wine tapestry is, by classification, also fruit tapestry, as wine comes from grapes. Fruit tapestries are classic bestsellers because of their flexibility. You can use them over the grand piano, dining table, mantelpiece, and bookshelf. Wine tapestries are not commonly displayed on their own unless in the dining room or if the tapestry is sufficiently large to take up available space.
In the end, wine tapestries are similar to the European and Renaissance kind—romantic, elegant, and versatile. Used appropriately, they can induce a certain aura in your room. After all, the satisfaction derived from a good meal is both gastronomic and psychological.