Madeira Tapestry

Madeira Tapestry

There are various local products in Madeira and Porto Santo Islands. One of the most important is the well-known Madeira Tapestry. Madeira’s handicrafts usually use wool in a whole range of tones. There are a huge variety of colors, which can be combined to create great graduated shades. The wool generally comes from Australia, and before arriving, it receives various treatments. Madeira Tapestry, which is an artistic activity, was the result of a free time occupation or a result of subsistence work. It appeared on the XX century, more specifically in 1938, with a German family, the Kiebeken. In 1938 Paul Kiebeken created an atelier of tapestry and, decided to put his son Herbert Kiebeken managing this atelier. It was located in Funchal city centre. This atelier soon improved the trade volume and also its workers number. The most common used techniques are half stitch, basting stitch, Gobelin and tent stitch. Tapestries have a huge variety of designs, such as flowers motifs, representations of old engravings and also representations of country scenes. Besides, tapestries can be used in carpets, bags, seat covers, wall hangings, panels and cushions. Embroidered tapestries are well-known in various parts of the world, namely in America, Australia and Europe. Come to Madeira Island and stay in Madeira Rural accommodations. There are many rural accommodations, namely country houses, cottages, bed and breakfast, holiday homes and villas. Madeira and Porto Santo Island are pleased to welcome you!


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