The Art of Weaving

Posted by Elbot on 10/26/2012
A Jacquard Woven Tapestry Throw

You're likely familiar with our Jacquard Woven, Tapestry-Styled Photo Blankets. The process used to create them employs specialized technology that creates a pattern to be used by our weavers to convert your photos into high-quality woven blankets

Weaving is a method of fabric production in the textile arts that dates back very far throughout human history. Archeologists have found evidence that it dates back as far as the Neolithic Era. In general, weaving involves using a loom to interlace two sets of threads at right angles to each other: the warp which runs longitudinally and the weft that crosses it.

The rich tradition behind weaving is scattered throughout human culture and history very broadly. It is said that the ancient Egyptians practiced and refined the art. Likewise, in Greek Mythology the Goddess Athena was skilled with her loom – while the Fates wove out the destiny of the entire world on one giant tapestry. According to legend, Amaterasu Omikami – the sun deity in the Shinto tradition of the Island of Japan – was a skilled weaver, and gave her earthly descendants (humans) knowledge of the textile arts necessary to weave silk cloth. It's obvious that the art of weaving is a very ancient, yet refined art in its use.

The Jacquard looms that are used to create our woven photo blankets and other materials utilize this ancient art in a modern way, as Jacquard looms are automated. The loom is controlled by punch card, each row of which corresponds to one row of the design. Multiple rows of holes are punched on each card and the many cards that compose the design of the textile are strung together in order. In order to convert your order into a woven design, our weavers process photographs through a special software that converts the image into a pattern that is then woven together from 6-color yarn. Some of the image's original detail may be lost, but the end result is a antique-like throw that makes your personal photo part of the long-lived and rich tradition of weaving.