Art Principles and History

Art Fundamentals

What is the difference between weaving and tapestry?

Both terms represent a way to make cloth or fabric, though each requires a different technique. In weaving, a thread known as the warp thread is attached vertically to a loom while the weft thread is crisscrossed horizontally with the warp. Combinations of different colors and patterns create different textiles. Weaving has been around for thousands of years. The oldest woven cloth, discovered in Turkey, dates from 7000 B.C.E. Tapestry is a specific type of weaving in which the warps are hidden, and are often used for decoration and wall hanging.


This is a web preview of the "The Handy Art History Answer Book" app. Many features only work on your mobile device. If you like what you see, we hope you will consider buying. Get the App