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Textile Fragment with Unicorn, Deer, Centaur and Lion Date: ca. 1500 Geography: Made in Scandinavia (possibly Sweden)

Textile Fragment with Unicorn, Deer, Centaur and Lion Date: ca. 1500 Geography: Made in Scandinavia (possibly Sweden)

One of the surviving quilts from our period is in a private collection in Belgium. (image 1) In 1544 this quilt was a gift from Karel V, the Hapsburg Emperor to his court physician. The quilt is red silk and is embroidered with many colors of silk, is filled with raw cotton wadding (batting), and the edges are finished with silk fringe. The motifs used in the embroidery of this quilt include a double-headed eagle, narrow borders of fish, a bird of paradise, and floral and plant ornaments.

Hapsburg quilt, Link to Period Stitches ( in a series) - includes quilting.

Skepptuna intarsia

Skepptuna intarsia

Textile Fragment with Unicorn, Deer, Centaur and Lion Date: ca. 1500 Geography: Made in Scandinavia (possibly Sweden)

Textile Fragment with Unicorn, Deer, Centaur and Lion Date: ca. 1500 Geography: Made in Scandinavia (possibly Sweden)

16th century Intarsia coverlet from Dahlems Church, Smaland,  in the Stockholm museum of National Antiquities. Wouldn't you love to have this on your bed?

century Intarsia coverlet from Dahlems Church, Smaland, in the Stockholm museum of National Antiquities.

Pair of gloves, detail of gauntlet. Date: ca. 1600 Culture: British Medium: Leather, satin worked with silk and metal thread, seed pearls; satin, couching, and darning stitches; metal bobbin lace; paper Dimensions: L. 12 1/4 x W. 6 1/4 inches (31.1 x 15.9 cm) Classification: Textiles-Embroidered Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Edward S. Harkness, 1928 Accession Number: 28.220.7, .8

The Materials and Techniques of English Embroidery of the Late Tudor and Stuart Eras

Medium: Leather, satin worked with silk and metal thread, seed pearls; satin, couching, and darning stitches;

wall hanging -- Tirstan and Isolde

wall hanging -- Tirstan and Isolde, North German story cloth

Textile Fragment with Unicorn, Deer, Centaur and Lion,ca. 1500 - Made in Scandinavia (possibly Sweden) Wool intarsia and applique with gilt leather and linen embroidery

Textile Fragment with Unicorn, Deer, Centaur and Lion,ca. 1500 - Made in Scandinavia (possibly Sweden) Wool intarsia and applique with gilt leather and linen embroidery

Skepptuna intarsia

Skepptuna intarsia

Tiraz textile fragment probably manufactured in Egypt and dating to the Mamluk Caliphate (ca. AD 1400). White applique on a blue ground. Specimen 73.576 in the collection of the Textile Museum, Washington DC.

Tiraz textile fragment probably manufactured in Egypt /Mamluk Caliphate (ca. AD White applique on a blue ground. collection of the Textile Museum, Washington DC.

Swedish embroidery

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Textile Fragment with Unicorn, Deer, Centaur and Lion Date: ca. 1500 Geography: Made in Scandinavia (possibly Sweden)

Textile Fragment with Unicorn, Deer, Centaur and Lion,ca. 1500 - Made in Scandinavia (possibly Sweden) Wool intarsia and applique with gilt leather and linen embroidery

Dragon Supporter Details of a large English flag with embroidered heraldic decorations Circa Tudor period

Dragon Supporter ~ Details of a large English flag with embroidered heraldic decorations ~ Circa Tudor period

Embroidered chasuble, end of 15th century  brocade, gold and silver threads   provenance: St Elizabeth Cathedral, Košice, Slovakia

Embroidered chasuble, end of century brocade, gold and silver threads provenance: St Elizabeth Cathedral, Košice, Slovakia

Robe à la Française Date: ca. 1760 Culture: French Medium: silk, metal thread Dimensions: Length: 60 in. (152.4 cm) Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1932

Close up of ca 1760 Robe à la Française showing fly fringe curvelinear decoration on edge of front opening of skirt. Also visible are the brocaded elements in the fabric, including metallic threads.

Textile Fragment with Unicorn, Deer, Centaur and Lion,ca. 1500 - Made in Scandinavia (possibly Sweden) Wool intarsia and applique with gilt leather and linen embroidery

Textile Fragment with Unicorn, Deer, Centaur and Lion,ca. 1500 - Made in Scandinavia (possibly Sweden) Wool intarsia and applique with gilt leather and linen embroidery

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