One of the tapestries in the series The Hunt of the Unicorn: The Unicorn is Found, circa 1495-1505, The Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

Tapestry is a form of textile art, traditionally woven by hand on a loom. Tapestry is weft-faced weaving, in which all the warp threads are hidden in the completed work, unlike cloth weaving where both the warp and the weft threads may be visible. In tapestry weaving, weft yarns are typically discontinuous; the artisan interlaces each coloured weft back and forth in its own small pattern area. It is a plain weft-faced weave having weft threads of different colours worked over portions of the warp to form the design.[1][2]

Most weavers use a natural warp thread, such as wool, linen or cotton. The weft threads are usually wool or cotton, but may include silk, gold, silver, or other alternatives.


First attested in English in 1467, the word tapestry derives from Old French tapisserie, from tapisser,[3] meaning "to cover with heavy fabric, to carpet", in turn from tapis, "heavy fabric", via Latin tapes (GEN tapetis),[4] which is the latinisation of the Greek τάπης (tapēs; GEN τάπητος, tapētos), "carpet, rug".[5] The earliest attested form of the word is the Mycenaean Greek 𐀲𐀟𐀊, ta-pe-ja, written in the Linear B syllabary.[6]

Other Languages
Alemannisch: Bildwirkerei
العربية: قماش النجود
azərbaycanca: Qobelen
বাংলা: তাপিশ্রী
башҡортса: Гобелен
беларуская: Габелен
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Габэлен
български: Гоблен
brezhoneg: Pallenn-moger
català: Tapís
čeština: Tapiserie
Cymraeg: Tapestri
dansk: Gobelin
Deutsch: Bildwirkerei
eesti: Gobelään
español: Tapiz
Esperanto: Gobelino
euskara: Tapizgintza
français: Tapisserie
한국어: 태피스트리
հայերեն: Գոբելեն
hrvatski: Tapiserija
Ido: Tapeto
Bahasa Indonesia: Dewangga
italiano: Arazzo
עברית: גובלן
ქართული: გობელენი
қазақша: Гобелен
Кыргызча: Гобелен
lietuvių: Gobelenas
magyar: Gobelin
македонски: Таписерија
Bahasa Melayu: Dewangga
Nederlands: Wandtapijt
norsk: Billedvev
polski: Tapiseria
português: Tapeçaria
română: Tapiserie
русский: Гобелен
Simple English: Tapestry
slovenščina: Tapiserija
српски / srpski: Таписерија
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Tapiserija
suomi: Gobeliini
svenska: Gobeläng
Türkçe: Kanaviçe
українська: Гобелен
中文: 緙織壁毯