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Commissioning a Pangnirtung Tapestry

For your corporation, organization or home

The Pangnirtung Tapestry Studio creates tapestries by commission. A unique tapestry designed for a specific architectural space or particular interior, whether your home or offices is an exciting prospect.

Tapestries have been woven to commission since Medieval times. Castles were adorned with mural tapestries depicting the stories of conquests of all kinds. Successful hunts, wars, marriages and mythologies were all told through the interweaving of threads. Tapestries warmed spaces with lustrous fibres and colours and were evidence of great wealth and power.

Medieval tapestries were created in organized workshops where visual artists worked closely with weavers to achieve a mutually satisfactory rendition of the original work.

Today artist-designed tapestries may be commissioned from only a handful of such studios around the world. One of these is the Pangnirtung Tapestry Studio, on the edge of the Arctic Circle on Baffin Island in Nunavut Canada.

Inuit women started weaving in 1969 and took to tapestry as a way of telling their stories. They have exhibited their work in galleries across North America that carry Inuit fine art and in 2002 were honoured with an exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Civilization chronicling thirty years of tapestry making.

Now you can commission your own Pangnirtung Tapestry!

Who Commissions Tapestries?

Public and private buildings including:

  • Government
  • Embassies
  • Hospitals
  • Municipal Centres
  • Universities
  • Corporations
  • Theatres
  • Residences
  • Banks

Why Commission a Tapestry?

Hand-woven artist-designed tapestries:

  • Are vibrant with texture and colour
  • May add an architectural element to a room or building
  • Are decorative and welcoming
  • Create mood and ambiance
  • Are valuable contemporary works of art
  • Express a cultural or corporate identity
  • Absorb sound

Whether for your home or business, your unique Pangnirtung Tapestry will delight all who see it for years to come. Through commissioning a Pangnirtung tapestry you will be supporting both the preservation of a unique Canadian culture and the contemporary Inuit artists working today. Your Pangnirtung tapestry will last forever as a valuable part of your art collection.

The Manager of the Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts and Crafts
P.O. Box 453, Pangnirtung, Nunavut, XOA ORO
867 473-8669 pang_tapestries@qiniq.com www.uqqurmiut.com

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This page was last updated on Wednesday November 5, 2008