World Map Tapestries

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There's nothing more old school than these world map tapestries, yet it gives your home such unique charisma.

Imagine walking into a room, whether it is a lounge, dining room or home office or other room and seeing an antique style world map on display.

These world maps aint just pretty. They are a cartological and historical throwback as well. They bring the antique art of adding beauty to a topic such as map making, with their flourishes and embellishments such as sea gods, creatures, expressive clouds and more.

People has always been exploring the world beyond their own shores, due to natural curiosity.

With nautical exploration in the 17th century trending, there was a huge growth in the art of world map making or cartography. Looking at an old world map tapestry is actually a journey through time.

You see curious large areas of terra incognita or "unknown lands", and these areas were "filled in" with decorative effects. Then as knowledge of distant lands improved, these decorations were placed more on the periphery, such as in Typus orbis terrarum and Typus Orbis Terrarum.

Here's a fine collection of ancient world map tapestries for you to explore. They are fascinating historical documents that add an element of history to any home.

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    Entitled 'A new and accurate map', this superb world map tapestry shows both hemispheres along with artistic renderings of the sun and moon, based on the historical work first published in 1676 in London by Basset & Chiswell.
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    This world map tapestry "Antique Map" shows a most beautiful ancient world map. From a design from the 17th century, this world map shows the world map surrounded by art work, which was typical of the style of cartography from the era.
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    Antique Map Geographica is a voyage of delightful discovery. The highly detailed map of the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia are amazingly accurate for the time.
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    Chenille Map tapestry shows a gorgeous world map in gorgeous tones. Here we see a 17th century style world map where the land masses of the world are depicted, with Australia incomplete, based on the 1690 work of Henry Hondius (1573-1650), a Dutch cartographer and publisher.
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    Global Safari II tapestry shows a world map with palms and tropical plants.
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    This world map tapestry shows the country of Italy and in particular its wine regions. Italy is one of the European countries well renowned for its wine, and famous regions include Tuscany, Piedmont, Lombardy, Campania, Basilica and Umbria.
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    This world map tapestry "Map of Paris" shows the work of artist Georg Braun from 1572. Braun was the chief editor of the Great City Atlas, the Civitate Orbis Terrarum, together with engraver Franz Hogenberg, produced the work which contained 546 birds eye view map from cities all over the world.
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    This tapestry "Map of West Indies" shows a stylised map of the West Indies. The West Indies are the group of islands between the Caribbean sea and the Atlantic ocean. They are composed of the Bahamas in the north, the Greater Antilles in the centre and the Lesser Antilles in the south east.
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    This tapestry "Mappemonde" shows an ancient world map filled with imagery. The work of cartography was both an art and a science in the 17th century. Here in this work, we see an array of scenes of man and gods in natural settings, surrounding the map itself.

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    Based on a work by artist Blacuso, this world map tapestry shows the old view of the world as it was thought to be. These old world maps were drawn, according to the cartographers knowledge of measurements made by sailing ships and the geometry of a round world to create a map to represent a curved world the best they can.
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    Henricus Hondius (1571-1651) was one of the most well-known and well regarded Dutch cartographers of his time. The actual title of this work means "A new complete map of the geography of the earth and oceans".
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    Old World Map tapestry shows the work of cartographer and artist Frederik de Wit (1629-1706). Wit was a Dutch artist from Gouda, Holland and created works of maps, city views and world maps in his lifetime. Bout at auction, most of his works were sold to Pieter Mortier, a geographer and publisher from Amsterdam.
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    Cartographers are truly remarkable in their role throughout history. In this tapestry "Olde World Map" we see the precision of science together with the artistry that the 17th century cartographers possess.
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    Orbis Terrae depicts the world as those in the late 16th Century would have understood it. Created by Flemish map engraver Jan Baptist Vrients in 1596, it shows the continents of Europe, Asia, Africa and America.
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    Planisfero Italian world map wall tapestry is based on the work of cartographer Joan Blaeu from 1565. We see in this world map the contours of the world known at the time, with parts of the coastline of Australia and North America missing, and richly decorated with mythological figures and scenes to make the map as much art as science.
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    A famous Greek geographer in Alexandria, Egypt between 87 and 150 A.D, Ptolemeaeus is the subject of this old world map tapestry. The entire map of Europe is contained within the woven embodiment of Ptolemeaeus.
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    Souvenirs Des Voyage tapestry shows a glorious world map tapestry in 18th century style.
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    Filled with detail from mythology and symbolism from the 16th century, this tapestry shows the sun and planets and their relationship with the Earth. Nicolaus Copernicus was a Renaissance astronomer, mathematician and artist who originated the revolutionary idea that the Earth was not the center of the universe and that the sun did not revolve around the Earth.
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    In Toledo Belgian wall tapestry we see a fanciful cartographic art of the City of Toledo in Spain and its landmarks. Toledo in central Spain houses a coexistence of religions and cultures and has origins in ancient Roman times.
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    "Typus orbis terrarum", is a plate taken from "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum" (Theatre of the World), the great work of Abraham Ortelius. Here.,we see that most of the world's land contours have been rendered quite accurately, even for its time.
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    Typus orbis terrarum III tapestry shows a gorgeous antique world map in blues and browns. Here we see the Mappenmonde or World map based on the 17th and 18th century cartographer's works where art and science were equally important and represented in world map creations.
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    The United States of America is depicted here in a most original way as a tribute to the automobile industry over the centuries. Travelling across the US by car across the deserts and through major cities is an adventure.
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    World Map tapestry shows a beautiful world map scene from the 18th century. Here in this work, we see the cartographer's work from the 18th century as the map of the world, with some missign areas from North America and Canada, Australia and New Zealand evident, as they have not been explored yet in that time.
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