An early wall decoration that pre-dates wallpaper and fabric walling and also provides warmth. From the dawn of civilization skins and woven textiles have lined the walls of tents and caves, covered doorways and window openings. They are items of necessity that are valued and decorated for the joy of it. In stone houses and in canvas homes, textile wall coverings always have, and still do, protect from dust, draught and noise, whilst adding physical and colourful warmth.

* The walls of castles, chateaux and historic houses were hung with large tapestry panels, as were the sides and top of a four poster bed ( or the space given for sleeping) to protect from draughts and dust.

* Nowadays, textile wall hangings are less born of necessity and are more of a luxury, contributing softness and warmth of feeling; display textiles, collections of clothing or art fabrics can be turned into wall hangings, or even upholstered to the walls.

* Multi coloured yarns and hand worked craftsmanship, placed on the wall, can be every bit as unique and pleasing to the eye as the finest piece of painted art or sculpture.

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