A tapestry is a woven rug-like item used to adorn walls. Tapestries can range greatly in size and complexity. Traveling nobility often carried tapestries with them from place to place since they were an easily-transporable way to quickly and dramatically alter the look and feel of an entire room.
The tradition of tapestry weaving is said to have originated from humble and practical beginnings: the need to keep an interior space warm during the winters. Hanging rugs or wall coverings acted as removable insulation to protect inhabitants of a home from the cold stone or brick walls. In the warm months, the wall hangings could be removed. A once practical art evolved into the luxurious art of tapestry weaving.