This Museum Collection wall tapestry shows a The Touch, which is part of The Lady and the Unicorn (French: La Dame à la licorne) a series of six tapestries woven in Flanders from wool and silk, The set, on display in the Musée national du Moyen Âge (former Musée de Cluny) in Paris, is often considered one of the greatest works of art of the Middle Ages in Europe.
Five of the tapestries are commonly interpreted as depicting the five senses – taste, hearing, sight, smell, and touch. The sixth displays the words "À mon seul désir". The tapestry's meaning is obscure, but has been interpreted as representing love or understanding. Each of the six tapestries depicts a noble lady with the unicorn on her left and a lion on her right; some include a monkey in the scene. The pennants, as well as the armour of the Unicorn and Lion in the tapestry bear the arms of the sponsor, Jean Le Viste, a powerful nobleman in the court of King Charles VII. However, a very recent study of the heraldry appears to lend credence to another hypothesis - previously dismissed - that the real sponsor of the tapestry is Antoine II Le Viste (1470-1534), a descendant of the younger branch of the Le Viste family and an important figure at the court of Charles VIII, Louis XII and François I.
The tapestries are created in the style of mille-fleurs (meaning: "thousand flowers")..
This wall tapestry is woven in Belgium on a jacquard loom with 98% cotton thread. It is lined with a blue cotton backing and is finished with a rod sleeve. The gobelin quality is obtained by a denser, thicker weft and as such is somewhat heavier than the regular tapestry quality.
This tapestry is available in three sizes
Fabric Care: remove dust with hoover. Do not hang on wall with longtime exposure to sunlight
Origin : woven and finished in Belgium, cradle of tapestry weaving !
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Oct 26, 2019
The tapestry I order was the small version. I was disappointed that it did not include the full scene as show in the picture. It was cut to fit the size. This information was not included on the order. UPDATED REVIEW: I have changed my review from my first one because the owner has offered to send a full scene tapestry. Please note when ordering the small tapestry that the full scene will not be on it. Other than that issue the tapestry is beautiful and made well. The owner is very nice and helpful. I would order from this company again.