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Telling Stories Through Art – Peruvian Folk Art Tapestries

As with all ancient cultures, we learn about myths, lifestyles and events through archaeological study. Many of our ancestral societies created art to tell stories – from pottery to painting, clothing and tapestries.

When it comes to Peruvian folk art, many historians have studied cloth remnants from as far back as 1000BC to learn about these ancient societies.

Commemorating events, depicting rituals and telling myth and creation stories through weaving has been a connective thread through the rise and fall of Peruvian societies. Scholars who have studied these times know which styles were used in which period and can therefor successfully date them and can learn so much about what they did, how they lived and what was important to them.

This shared history depicted in Peruvian folk art tapestries is the basis for Maximo Laura to create his own fabulously rich Peruvian tapestries. Taking elements from his personal history and that of 5 generations of weavers, he has become a student of art across the world, interlinking ancestral techniques with contemporary style to create internationally acclaimed art.

he History of Peruvian Folk Art Tapestry

The earliest tapestries are faded and worn but have been dated as far back as the Chavin society – 1000BC. These were created in an intricate and specific style, depicting animals and humans, geometric patterns and supernatural, transformative beings.

As the Moche society developed in South America, the style of tapestries became more about realism and landscapes. Moving figures and animal/human motifs were created using Alpaca wool.

The Wari designs became very abstract – perhaps a representation of shamanic transformation or drug-induced trances featuring in Wari religious ceremonies. We see a growth in color, with blue being favored, and the all-important llama became a feature. Deities and flowers are seen in this period.

Chimu-dated tapestries showed a little more about society, featuring human figures wearing headdresses that it is though represent the ruling class. More exotic designs featuring feathers and more natural colors sit alongside double-headed rainbow snakes.

Perhaps the most well-known of the South American civilizations, the Inca felt that textiles were the most prestigious form of art and used as currency. Inca design almost always favored geometric designs, checkerboard repetition that represented the specific community that created it. Where animals and birds were depicted, it is through abstract motifs and Inca standardized forms and designs.

Maximo Laura and Blending Ancient Art into Contemporary Tapestries

Maximo Laura was born in Ayacucho, Peru to a family with a rich history of weaving. He began a life-ling study of art history and literature, taking him beyond the borders of South America to learn about contemporary art history. From his first exhibition in 1985, Mr. Laura has held over 140 exhibitions in more than 29 countries – making him one of South America’s pre-eminent and most unique Peruvian textile artists.

Mr. Laura himself is a consultant, designer and lecturer on art, currently living and working in Lima. In his home workshop, the Museo Maximo Laura features a collection of the most important and richest artistic visions, curated to encourage and inspire artists while promoting, exhibiting and preserve the work itself.

Mr. Laura designs all the tapestries, from small drawings, selecting the right colors and imagery to suit the theme he is creating. Each tapestry is handwoven on a floor loom by one weaver – this Master Weaver is hand-selected and trained by Mr. Laura himself – and all come from a long line of weaving families.

The fusion of contemporary art and ancestral knowledge make each Peruvian folk art tapestry a unique work – an insight into history blended with modern style, ready to adorn your living space. Choose your design today!

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  • A Spring Day
    Size: 55 x 19″

    $ 1,000
  • Andean Duality
    Size: 47 x 51″

    $ 2,000
  • Autum Sunset
    Size: 39 x 47″

    $ 2,740
  • Awaken Heart
    Size: 62 x 47″

    $ 3,200
  • Ccollcapata Tinkuy IV
    Size: 47 x 39″

    $ 1,500
  • Chant Towards Harmony
    Size: 59 x 23″

    $ 1,750
  • Choqueruna
    Size: 39 x 47″

    $ 1,500
  • Conciliation
    Size: 47 x 39″

    $ 2,600
  • Cosmovision
    Size: 47 x 35″

    $ 2,400
  • Dawn
    Size: 47 x 23″

    $ 1,600
  • Eclipse del Sol y la Luna II
    Size: 47 x 47″

    $ 2,300
  • Fertility Cycle II
    Size: 47 x 47″

    $ 2,900
  • Fertility Cycle
    Size: 39 x 49″

    $ 2,400
  • Flight of Birds Towards the Sun
    Size: 72 x 19″

    $ 1,300
  • Guitar at Sunset
    Size: 55 x 19″

    $ 1,750
  • Harmony at Home
    Size: 47 x 47″

    $ 3,250
  • Harvest in the Andes II
    Size: 55 x 47″

    $ 2,100
  • Harvest Time Ritual
    Size: 47 x 74″

    $ 4,000
  • Jaguar Head XI (1)
    Size: 55 x 19″

    $ 1,000
  • Jaguar Head XI (2)
    Size: 55 x 19″

    $ 1,000
  • Jaguar Head XI (Diptych)
    Size: 55 x 39″

    $ 1,800
  • Mayor Spirit VI
    Size: 43 x 47″

    $ 1,700
  • Melody in the Field
    Size: 72 x 19″

    $ 1,300
  • Mother and Hope
    Size: 78 x 39″

    $ 3,300
  • Mother Earth Blessing
    Size: 47 x 31″

    $ 1,600
  • Mother Moon
    Size: 47 x 35″

    $ 2,400
  • Musicians in Duo
    Size: 55 x 19″

    $ 1,100
  • Musicians IV

    $ 2,000
  • Musicians IX
    Size: 39 x 55″

    $ 2,200
  • Possessed by the Spirit of the Condor IIISize: 51 x 47"

    Possessed by the Spirit of the Condor III
    – Size: 51 x 47″

    $ 2,600
  • Seasonal Cycles
    Size: 47 x 47″

    $ 2,200
  • Serenata to the Moon
    Size: 47 x 31″

    $ 2,100
  • Setting Sun II
    Size: 47 x 47″

    $ 2,200
  • Solar Energy in the Sea
    Size: 47 x 39″

    $ 2,500
  • Song to the Wind X
    Size: 39 x 23″

    $ 900
  • Sowing in the Andean Sunset
    Size: 47 x 31″

    $ 1,300
  • Starlit Night
    Size: 47 x 35″

    $ 2,400
  • Starry Night at Countryside
    Size: 72 x 19″

    $ 1,380
  • Sublimation of Intihuatana II
    Size: 62 x 23″

    $ 1,200
  • Sun Clock II
    Size: 59 x 39″

    $ 1,800
  • Sun falls over the Mountains
    Size: 49 x 23″

    $ 1,600
  • Sunset on the Day of the Sun
    Size: 39 x 59″

    $ 1,800
  • Suset and Surf
    Size: 47 x 39″

    $ 1,980
  • Towards Continuity
    Size: 72 x 19″

    $ 1,300
  • Towards Home II
    Size: 47 x 35″

    $ 2,400
  • Voices of the Water Goddess III
    Size: 47 x 59″

    $ 2,200
  • Warrior in the Andes II
    Size: 55 x 15″

    $ 950
  • Warrior’s Dawn
    Size: 47 x 74″

    $ 4,000
  • Warriors of Light
    Size: 47 x 62″

    $ 4,100
  • Setting SunSize: 47 x 47"

    Setting Sun
    Size: 47 x 47″

    $ 2,200
  • Marine FertilitySize: 23 x 39"

    Marine Fertility
    Size: 23 x 39″

    $ 850
  • Fish in Harmony with the SunFish in Harmony with the Sun

    Fish in Harmony with the Sun
    Size: 23 x 39″

    $ 790
  • DualitySize: 48 x 70"

    Duality
    Size: 47 x 68″

    $ 3,300
  • Voice of the Water Goddess XISize: 39 x 82"

    Voice of the Water Goddess XI
    Size: 39 x 82″

    $ 3,250
  • The Charm of the PrairiesSize: 23 x 49"

    The Charm of the Prairies
    Size: 23 x 49″

    $ 1,320
  • Position of the Condor XSize: 74 x 47"

    Position of the Condor X
    Size: 74 x 47″

    $ 3,450
  • Dwelling of the Condor XSize: 47 x 47"

    Dwelling of the Condor X
    Size: 47 x 47″

    $ 1,930
  • Birds on the Harvest Field IIISize: 47 x 47"

    Birds on the Harvest Field III
    Size: 47 x 47″

    $ 2,300
  • Round of Birds in the GardenSize: 47 x 51"

    Round of Birds in the Garden
    Size: 47 x 51″

    $ 2,500
  • Sacred Birds and MantlesSize: 47 x 47"

    Sacred Birds and Mantles
    Size: 47 x 47″

    $ 2,300
  • Flight of Birds Over Flower FieldsSize: 39 x 59"

    Flight of Birds Over Flower Fields
    Size: 39 x 59″

    $ 2,300
  • Harvest in the FieldSize: 23 x 49"

    Harvest in the Field
    Size: 23 x 49″

    $ 1,320
  • Spiritual Gaze in the AndesSize: 47 x 47"

    Spiritual Gaze in the Andes
    Size: 47 x 47″

    $ 2,200
  • Marine Flora y FaunaSize: 39 x 47"

    Marine Flora y Fauna
    Size: 39 x 47″

    $ 2,500
  • Birds in the Harvest FieldSize: 49 x 23"

    Birds in the Harvest Field
    Size: 49 x 23″

    $ 1,380
  • Connecting TimeSize: 23 x 39"

    Connecting Time
    Size: 23 x 39″

    $ 850
  • Birds with LaurelSize: 51 x 23"

    Birds with Laurel
    Size: 51 x 23″

    $ 1,380
  • Ancestral VoicesSize: 47 x 39"

    Ancestral Voices
    Size: 47 x 39″

    $ 2,200
  • Andean Reminiscence IISize: 47 x 31"

    Andean Reminiscence II
    Size: 47 x 31″

    $ 1,600
  • Abundant Fruit of the Sea IIAbundant Fruit of the Sea II

    Abundant Fruit of the Sea II

    $ 3,600
  • Flight of Birds on the FieldSize: 47 x 47"

    Flight of Birds on the Field
    Size: 47 x 47″

    $ 2,000
  • Voice of the Water Goddess XIISize: 40 x 83"

    Voice of the Water Goddess XII
    Size: 40 x 83″

    $ 2,600
  • South CrossSize: 47 x 47"

    South Cross
    Size: 47 x 47″

    $ 2,200
  • Warrior LookSize: 49 x 49"

    Warrior Look
    Size: 49 x 49″

    $ 2,200
  • Offering to the Andes IISize: 47 x 74"

    Offering to the Andes II
    Size: 47 x 74″

    $ 2,700
  • Flight Toward the LightSize: 23 x 59"

    Flight Toward the Light
    Size: 23 x 59″

    $ 1,600
  • Aylluchakuy – Marriage
    Size: 47 x 35″

    $ 1,790
  • Cosmic DualitySize: 47 x 47"

    Cosmic Duality
    Size: 47 x 47″

    $ 2,500
  • Towards Home
    Size: 47″ x 35″

    $ 2,250
  • Fish FamilySize: 19 x 39"

    Fish Family
    Size: 19 x 39″

    $ 750
  • Fertile BodySize: 88 x 47"

    Fertile Body
    Size: 88 x 47″

    $ 4,860
  • Looking at the Terraces in LightSize: 19 x 39"

    Looking at the Terraces in Light
    Size: 19 x 39″

    $ 850
  • Cosmic EquilibriumSize: 23 x 35"

    Cosmic Equilibrium
    Size: 23 x 35″

    $ 850
  • Ritual of the Andean CrossSize: 23 x 35"

    Ritual of the Andean Cross
    Size: 23 x 35″

    $ 790
  • Duality of the Jaguar Spirit X

    Duality of the Jaguar Spirit X
    Size: 45 x 47″

    $ 1,700
  • Towards The Cosmic Balance

    Towards The Cosmic Balance
    Size: 47 x 47″

    $ 2,050
  • Vitalidad Marina

    Vitalidad Marina
    Size: 47 x 68″

    $ 2,900
  • Jaguar Looking Towards the SunSize: 23 x 39"

    Jaguar Looking Towards the Sun
    Size: 23 x 39″

    $ 1,000
  • Sun God CallingSize: 47 x 31"

    Sun God Calling
    Size: 47 x 31″

    $ 1,400
  • Praise to FertilitySize: 39 x 59"

    Praise to Fertility
    Size: 39 x 59″

    $ 2,400
  • Path Towards My CenterSize: 118 x 39"

    Path Towards My Center
    Size: 118 x 39″

    $ 5,000
  • Song of the HeartSong of the Heart

    Song of the Heart
    Size: 31 x 78″

    $ 5,500
  • SolsticeSolstice

    Solstice

    $ 10,500
  • Black Sun in the IntihuatanaSize: 47 x 78"

    Black Sun in the Intihuatana
    Size: 47 x 78″

    $ 2,500
  • Offering to the Sun GodSize: 47 x 31"

    Offering to the Sun God
    Size: 47 x 31″

    $ 1,400
  • Intimate Dialogue with the MotherSize: 51 x 47"

    Intimate Dialogue with the Mother
    Size: 51 x 47″

    $ 2,700
  • Water RitualSize: 47 x 47"

    Water Ritual
    Size: 47 x 47″

    $ 2,200
  • Fish Dance to Yacumama IISize: 47 x 66"

    Fish Dance to Yacumama II
    Size: 47 x 66″

    $ 3,190
  • Marine Totem and Manta Ray FishSize: 47 x 55"

    Marine Totem and Manta Ray Fish
    Size: 47 x 55″

    $ 3,300
  • Cosmic Harmony ISize: 47 x 47"

    Cosmic Harmony I
    Size: 47 x 47″

    $ 2,140
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