Carriage Cushion Cover (Eight-petalled Rosettes with Crosses)

interlocked tapestry

50 x 95 cm

This is one of the most beautiful examples with an eight-petalled rosette design. The pattern is quite complex, and can be interpreted in more than one way: either as six large rosettes, each composed of four outward-facing hearts; or as horizontal and vertical rows of square frames, with a cross in the centre of each composed of seemingly projecting cubes, and surrounded by four inward-facing hearts.

V. Hansen, Swedish Textile Art: Traditional Marriage Weavings from Scania: The Khalili Collection, London 1996, cat. 29, pp.92–3.