A Tapestry of Your Own
For animal- and nature-themed pieces by the likes of Jean Lurçat, who led a revival among French weavers in the mid-20th century, pieces range from $10,000 to $100,000; the same is true for the work of Le Corbusier, Sonia Delaunay, and Alexander Calder, who made their names in other media.
Whatever the tapestry, a few rules apply: Keep it dirt-free and out of the light. “The sun is a killer,” says dealer Simona Blau. “And no major temperature changes, as the fibers expand and contract. Silk is the most delicate.” When it comes to tapestry, age is ultimately less important than condition.
Shown above is Alexander Calder’s Green Ball, woven in Aubusson in 1971.