Carriage Cushion Cover (Birds in Stars and Hearts)

interlocked tapestry

53 x 93 cm

This combination of birds and hearts is fairly unusual, although the motifs themselves are typical of Ingelstads and Herrestads. The eight-pointed star medallion is composed of a diamond overlapping a square; the medallions are elongated to allow room for the large birds. The drawing of half-stars at the sides gives the impression of an endlessly repeating composition. At the ends the half-stars are filled with diamonds surmounted by crosses, like church steeples.

V. Hansen, Swedish Textile Art: Traditional Marriage Weavings from Scania: The Khalili Collection, London 1996, cat. 17, pp.61–2.