Over time, the craft expanded to France and the Netherlands. In the 14th and 15th centuries, Arras, France was a thriving textile town.
The industry specialised in fine wool tapestries which were sold to decorate palaces and castles all over Europe.
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Tapestry is a form of textile art, traditionally woven on a vertical loom.
In the Middle Ages and renaissance, a rich tapestry panel woven with symbolic emblems, mottoes, or coats of arms called a baldachin, canopy of state or cloth of state was hung behind and over a throne as a symbol of authority.
The seat under such a canopy of state would normally be raised on a dais.
The iconography of most Western tapestries goes back to written sources, the Bible and Ovid's Metamorphoses being two popular choices.
Apart from the religious and mythological images, hunting scenes are the subject of many tapestries produced for indoor decoration.
Arras is still used to refer to a rich tapestry no matter where it was woven.Tapestry reached a new stage in Europe in the early 14th century AD.