The Wall Tapestries were formed by the Catholic Church in the 13th and 14th centuries to communicate biblical stories to the illiterate masses, but at the time of the Renaissance, they became aristocratic icons. When kings and nobles were defeated in battle, the conquerors often seized huge, intricately woven robes with their own scenes of conflict, village life, and mythical animals, and made them fit the walls of their own palace. Shape where they both served as insulation and trophies now, MaharamThe textile manufacturer, which began at the turn of the 20th century as a fabric pushcart on the streets of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, has reinterpreted traditional craft. The company collaborated with a New York-based design firm 2×4, Which took hundreds of public domain images of tapestry from the 14th to 16th centuries to create a 10-by-20-foot digital collage called Tapestry Vivaan. Maharam digitally printed the panorama on a cellulose and latex substrate, which can be applied directly to a wall (small squares can be adapted to fit any space). From afar, the work appears to be a museum piece, but up close – where you can see unicorns and peasants sticking next to trees growing at odd angles – it collapses time and space with a psychedelic verve. Price upon request, maharam.com.
Photo Assistant: Joanna Rosenberg Set Assistant: Nick Van Voort