The history of European tapestries dates back to the Medieval and Renaissance period. Tapestries were only commissioned for royalty, aristocrats and bishops, they were a status of symbol of aristocracy. Hung on walls to insulate and decorate churches, palaces and manor houses of the wealthy. They were important because of their portability as they could easily be rolled up to move from location to location. Kings and nobility often used them during their travel. A "lambrequin" was a type of valance or pelmet with elongated sides, they were originally used to decorate and insulate beds, but later were applied to windows.