1. The Birth of Black Velvet:
The early history of black velvet paintings is spotty, however some historians maintain that the artform has its official roots in Kashmir. Russian Orthodox priests are among the first to incorporate this material into paintings, which were typically religious in nature.
2. Hitchhiking With Marco Polo:
Circa 1271-1295. Some of these early black velvet paintings travel with Marco Polo along the Silk Road
3. Arrival in Europe:
These paintings find their way all the way back to Europe, where some hang in the Vatican Museums to this day.
© 2021 by Charity Algarme.