Peruvian Textiles For Sale

Unique Peruvian Textiles for Sale

Have you been searching for Peruvian textiles for sale? If so you will love the unique Peruvian woven textiles designed by Maximo Laura. Our wall hanging and tapestries are completely unique. They use blended yarn instead of solid colors so that from afar, they look like paintings. They are can also be touched and experienced as they are woven with textures making them have 3D elements, completely unlike traditional tapestries. 

Maximo Laura – The Online Home Of Peruvian Textiles

Finding the perfect Peruvian textiles for sale that suit your home, office, or other space, depends ultimately on your personal tastes. With an abundance of themes, colors and techniques, you can be sure that you will find something among the Maximo Laura collections that is perfect for your unique space.

South America, the Andean area and Peru in particular, is well-known for rich cultural heritage. Art in the form of textiles and pottery has been found that can be traced back to 1000BC, highlighting the changing relationship of the tribes in the Andes with their surrounding landscapes, other peoples and their oral histories.

Peruvian textiles from the early periods of Andean art might be faded and unclear, but the intricate and specific style shows totemic and expressive, realistic depictions of humans and animals, especially jaguars and snakes. As techniques, materials, colors and styles developed through the ages. Peruvian woven textiles became more than just art – they were offerings and currency that were given highest prestige.

Maximo Laura, a fifth-generation weaver, was born and grew up in Ayacucho, Peru. Learning to weave from his family while listening to tales about his heritage, the cultural myths and rituals that make up his personal history, Mr. Laura became interested in art.

He began a lifelong pursual of knowledge in art history and literature that took him beyond the borders of Peru – and began to integrate this with the ancestral techniques and rituals that he had learned from his family.

More Than A Weaver: Creating Unique Traditional Peruvian Textiles

Maximo Laura is so much more than a weaver. The tapestries and Peruvian textiles that he has created, and continues to create, have made him an award-winning tapestry weaver and is one of South America’s pre-eminent and most unique textile artists. Following on from his first exhibition in 1985, his work is now prominently featured in the World Bank, in Washington DC, and UNESCO Headquarters in Paris – as well as several museums across the world.

Maximo Laura moved to Lima, creating the Museo Maximo Laura as his combined home and workshop. Here, his richest artistic visions and some of his most powerful creations are kept on display to engage and inspire people who visit. Here is where he has gained inspiration for his Sea Life themed pieces and developed a close relationship with the ocean.

Owning traditional Peruvian woven textiles made by Maximo Laura allow you to not only discover more about the traditional tales and myths that make up the Andean experience, but also to learn more about the techniques, textures and colors that make up each unique Peruvian tapestry.

What Is The Process To Create Peruvian Textiles?

There are serval different steps to designing and making a modern tapestry. Each one is just as important as the next.

The first step is drawing. Every Peruvian textile that Mr. Laura designs start as a drawing on a piece of paper. He will design the piece in accordance with the theme he is currently working on and has to keep in mind the technical complexities that will be needed to work into the tapestry. The more complex the design, the longer it will take for the tapestry to be made.

The next step is painting. When Mr. Laura is happy with the drawing, he will color it with colored pencils or with the use of a computer.

When the colored image is ready, it has to be sent to the Color Laboratory so that a specialist can hand-blend together a mixture of solid color threads so that they can match the tones that are needed for the textile. This is one of the things that makes a Maximo Laura Tapestry unique, because there are rarely any solid color blocks within a piece, there is always a variety of colors, even in the smallest sections.

Once the thread is ready, the line drawing needs to be drawn or printed to scale, creating a cartoon that can then be transferred onto the cotton warp threads. It acts as a guide to the weaver so that they know the design and the specific textures and techniques should be used in each area.

This is when the weaving can begin. The tapestries are all hand woven by Master Weavers, who have been trained by Mr. Laura in the same techniques that he has been perfecting since he was a child. Each piece is created under the supervision of Mr. Laura and takes weeks or months of work until the colors and textures of the tapestry art start to emerge.

When the weaving is complete, the Peruvian woven textile needs to be removed from the loom so that it can be cleaned and stretched. The tapestry needs to be stretched as the tension of the tapestry changes when it is taken out of the loom. Stretching it helps with the elasticity of the tapestry, and helps to define the final size of it. 

When it has been cleaned and stretched, the final step is to stitch a Certificate of Authenticity on the back proving that it has been created with traditonal Peruvian textiles, which is signed by Mr. Laura. The piece can then be sent to its new home.

The Process Of Buying Traditional Peruvian Woven Textiles

Each design is hand-drawn on a small piece of paper and then colorized. The colors used are matched in the Color Laboratory, transposing each shade to a handmade blend of solid color threads that make up a ‘butterfly’ of yarn to be used in the weaving process.

Each small picture is then scaled up, and this ‘cartoon’ is transferred to the cotton warp threads on the loom as a guide for the weavers. Each piece is handwoven on a floor loom by a single Master Weaver, who has been specially chosen and personally trained by Mr. Laura to create the intricate and unique pieces that are so recognizable as Peruvian woven textiles.

Anybody who loves art with a story and background to it will love to own a hand woven tapestry by Maximo Laura. This artwork, with its unique colors and textures, will brighten up and bring personality to any home.

If you are ready to acquire your own beautiful traditional Peruvian textiles from Maximo Laura, then get in touch with the team today.

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