Carriage Cushion Cover (Two Reindeer in Octagons with People)

interlocked tapestry

52 x 105 cm

The reindeer tapestries, which are illustrated here horizontally, were woven vertically: the weaver of this example mirrored the composition half way through the weaving. The general scheme of this particularly fine cover is typical of tapestries from south-east Scania, although the surrounding border with a standing figure in each square is unusual. The hearts around each octagon remind us that this cover was made initially for a wedding.

V. Hansen, Swedish Textile Art: Traditional Marriage Weavings from Scania: The Khalili Collection, London 1996, cat. 20, pp.65–7.