Map Tapestries

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Let’s be honest, most of us rely on Google maps these days, or use a GPS to get from here to there. Real maps are turning into relics and decoration…

But maps are still valuable. When batteries die, you can unfold a trusty map. You can take them on trails. You can get the lay of the land, and gain a better understanding of where you are and where you’re going.

Although beyond practical uses, their aesthetic value and the feelings they stir make them pieces that I like to have around. They’re inspiring. And they’re usually beautiful.

I wrote about a US National Park Map a while back, but this is a different way to incorporate maps into your life: Map Tapestries.Ocean Current Tapestry

Around Christmastime, I found this Ocean Current Tapestry and fell in love. Its size and thick cotton weight make it versatile. Hang it on a wall, spread it over a bed, take it on a picnic… and admire the swirls of the turquoise ocean flowing around the world’s continents.

Vintage Map Tapestry WallAnd then there’s this Vintage US Map Tapestry that has the old-school vibe of National Geographic maps pinned to classroom walls. It is also heavyweight canvas, but is a bit smaller than the other.

There’s just something about having maps around that reminds us again of all the places we’ve been and all the places we could go…



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  1. I completely agree! I look at maps on a daily basis. I’ve kept a lot of them from my travels, whether they are hiking trails, cities, wine tours, etc. and have started to arrange as my own tapestry. Some in frames, some connected to photos, and some used to be the background for other wall fixtures. It’s nostalgic and motivating at the same time. Wanderlust is a real addiction 🙂

    1. Yes it is! I love keeping meaningful maps and tokens from travel. You are EXACTLY right about the nostalgia/motivation. Couldn’t have said it better myself. And your collection sounds amazing!

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