The artist Givi Kandareli developed the Georgian school of Gobelin Tapestry at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tblisi, Georgia. Gobelin is a traditional technique of handmade tapestry which is still practiced at the Manufacture des Gobelins in Paris.
Gobelin is woven on a vertical loom. The loom is strung vertically with the warp thread and then woven horizontally with the weft thread, so that the warp is completely hidden by the design created with the weft thread.
At the Academy of Fine Arts I learned the technique of Gobelin Tapestry from Givi Kandareli and Manana Dzidzikashvili. Most of my Gobelin is still in Georgia but I hope to start working on some new pieces here in England.
A small Gobelin Tapestry piece, with traditional rural theme, using wool
30 cm x 37 cm