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SW 32
SW 32

Carriage Cushion Cover (Two Reindeer in Octagons with People)

SW 32

Sweden, Scania, Ingelstads or Herrestads district

first half of the 19th century

SW 32

Carriage Cushion Cover (Two Reindeer in Octagons with People)

SW 32

Sweden, Scania, Ingelstads or Herrestads district

first half of the 19th century

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.