Peruvian Weavings For Sale

Peruvian Weavings for Sale – Andean Heritage, Contemporary Art

A fifth-generation Peruvian weaver born in the Andes; Maximo Laura has become the most notable textile artist in South America. An award-winning, unique tapestry creator, Mr. Laura has had his art displayed in over 140 exhibitions in more than 29 countries, and creates new work from his home studio in Lima – a multi-storied residence, studio and museum that has housed Mr. Laura and his Peruvian weavings for sale, as well as Master Weavers trained by Mr. Laura, since 1998.

Interweaving Andean heritage, mythology and symbolism with contemporary art, the Peruvian tapestry that Maximo Laura creates are unique pieces that encompass the traditional with the modern in a physical representation of his drive to learn more about art and history outside the borders of Peru.

From the earliest known tribes living in Peru, tapestries and Perivuan weaving have been an intrinsic part of the culture and history of the country. Learning more about this heritage will help you to understand the symbology of the tapestries available to buy online.

History of Peruvian Weaving – Culture and Ritual

The earliest weavings have been traced back to 1000BC, when the indigenous Chavin people created tapestries and other woven items using looms. The designs were mainly realistic depictions of humans and animals, along with geometric patterns and transformational, supernatural beings. The Chavin influence in Maximo Laura’s work can be seen in the expressive and totemic designs that inform many of his visions.

Later, the Moche people began weaving Peruvian symbols into their tapestries, with animal/human motifs that still had features of realism. The artwork that has been found from this period always show moving figures, walking, running, engaged in rituals and other activities – nothing is ever static. Landscapes are depicted using geometric patterns and shapes – circles for lakes, zig zags for mountains, and the animals are often symbolic of other realms or ideations.

While the Moche people were ending their dominance of Peru, the Wari began creating more abstract designs – plants like the San Pedro cactus and animals like the llama, so important to their culture, still featured, but the way they were represented became distorted and almost unrecognizable. Some say this was a representation of drug-induced trances that were an important part of Wari religious ceremonies, or shamanic transformations.

The Chimu were the people that were in Peru from 1100AD until around 1450AD. With their weavings, they began to incorporate exotic feather designs, and images often included figures wearing intricate headdresses (maybe to represent the ruling class) and double-headed rainbow snakes.

Perhaps the most internationallu recognized indigenous people of Peru were the Incas. Their textile traditions moved away from realistic representations of animals and humans, in fact they preferred repetitive, geometric designs. The checkerboard designs that are seen in Inca weavings are symbolic of fields, crops and farms, and repetition of shapes were a theme throughout this period. When it came to creating art, pottery and metalwork were well-known, but tapestries and textiles were highly thought of and used nanosat as currency – communities would create tapestries to pay taxes, so some Peruvian textiles for sale have patterns and shapes became the ‘signature’ of the area or community that created it.

Peruvian Weaving Symbols and Patterns

In Maximo Laura’s work, the symbols and patterns used are the same that have informed Peruvian weaving patterns since the beginning of the Andean people’s history.

Certain beliefs of the Peruvian people are shown in several ways through the symbols used in the tapestries.

The three realms – Hanan Pacha, the celestial realm, Kay Pacha, the earthly realm and Uku Pacha, the inner realms – have specific symbolic representations.8

The Hanan Pacha is represented by the sun and moon, by stars and flying beings, like the condor. The Kay Pacha is shown with animals like the Jaguar and human representations, and the Uku Pacha is represented by snakes and roots, encompassing things such as new life, fertility and death.

Other symbols include the Inca Cross, known as the Chakana. This symbol has three steps on each side, which are believed to represent the Pachas, and is a symbol of union between the three realms.

For more information about the symbology used in Maximo Laura Tapestries, there are more detail on the product pages in our Catalog, which also includes some information on the creative process used to create the tapestry masterpieces. If you would like to choose your perfect tapestry, browse the catalog now.

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