Peruvian Tapestries For Sale

Peruvian Tapestry for Sale – Andean Culture from Maximo Laura

Peruvian tapestry weaving has been a part of the culture of South America since the Chavin people held sway in Peru – from 1000BC.

Traditional Peruvian weavers pass their knowledge on from generation to generation, and the tapestries available from Maximo Laura Tapestries are the result of five generations of learning and skill – combined with Maestro Laura’s insatiable hunger to learn more about art and history outside of Peru.

The hallmarks of Peruvian tapestry design are interlinked with memories, myths and rituals that have their roots in the society that worshipped the sun, placed great importance on geometric shapes and totemic design, and the importance of societal traditions.

Taking that rich, ancestral history and combining it with contemporary art techniques, Maestro Laura has created visions that speak to tradition and design in intricate, hand woven tapestries.

To find the perfect Peruvian tapestry to feature in your home, we have collected a few of our favorites that show the different techniques, visions and symbols that are inherent parts of Maestro Laura’s history and the history of his people.

Symbolic Peruvian Art – More Than Just A Tapestry

Maestro Laura creates his designs following themes. A series of creations follow an idea – whether that is his adoration of the ocean in his Sea Life theme, or praise of the role of music in Andean tradition through the Musician series.

The Abstract theme includes geometric shapes, which became prevalent in Andean art to represent the landscape – circles to represent lakes, zig zags to show mountains, and the later checkerboard pattern that stood for the fields bearing crops.

In ‘Mother Moon’, the moon is the sister of Inti, the Sun God, and worshipped in Andean culture. She is known as Mama Killa, and in traditional tapestries is often represented by a silver disc. This tapestry is hand woven using Peruvian Alpaca and mixed fibers.

‘Sunset Chant’ is a meaningful piece that contains symbolic representations of two of the three realms that form part of the Peruvian belief system. The depiction of Inti for the Hanan Pacha – the heavenly realm, the place where the gods reside and where the Andean people believed they would go when they died. It also features sacred mountains, as well as a human figure; the symbol used to represent the earthly realm where living things dwell. Using traditional handweaving techniques and Peruvian Alpaca wool, this Peruvian tapestry is uniquely textured and beautifully colored.

Another theme that Maximo Laura creates is that of sea creatures and seascapes. Although he was born and grew up in the Andes, for more than 30 years he has lived in Lima, developing a close relationship with the ocean and a deep belief regarding the importance of sea life with worries about global warming. Known as the Galapagos Collection, these tapestries include similar symbology to the other pieces – duality, the sun god, and the voice of the ocean. The ‘Praise to Fertility’ is a Peruvian tapestry that is colorful and bursting with life, showing the bountiful nature of the Galapagos Islands in synchronicity with traditional symbology and perfect to hang as a wall tapestry.

Music is an integral part of Andean culture that still exists today. Historical artifacts show that very early Peruvian cultures used music in everyday life, for entertainment and ritual, festivals and burials. Instruments included the guitar, the flute and the drums – and this pervasive aspect and the historical significance is reflected in Maestro Laura’s work, including the beautiful ‘Musicians at Harvest Feast’, a festival of the harvest reflected in the Autumn colors used, and the musicians who led the celebration.

Our Peruvian Tapestries Are Hand Woven in Peru

Each Peruvian tapestry for sale in our store is lovingly handmade by Master Weavers, selected and trained by Maximo Laura himself. Crafted to order, when you select a tapestry that speaks to you, you will receive regular updates on the progress of your Peruvian tapestry – it will take 4-5 weeks, generally – and then your tapestry will be shipped to you via DHL. Shipping is included in the sale price, which you can pay at the time of order or shipping – payment can be made by credit or debit card online, by bank transfer or via PayPal.

Choose your very own piece of art history and order a Peruvian Tapestry by Maximo Laura today.

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