In a lovely circular twist, the tapestry's true subject turns out to be the luxe of which it's an example.
A tapestry like this was the ultimate luxury good and status symbol, worth so much more than a measly painting.
I am thrilled because the subject matter is rich, but I like that it is a tapestry of color, which is very much needed.
mid-15c., variant of tapissery (early 15c.), from Middle French tapisserie "tapestry" (14c.), from tapisser "to cover with heavy fabric," from tapis "heavy fabric," from Old French tapiz (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *tappetium, from Byzantine Greek tapetion, from classical Greek, diminutive of tapes (genitive tapetos) "tapestry, heavy fabric," probably from an Iranian source (cf. Persian taftan, tabidan "to turn, twist"). The figurative use is first recorded 1580s.