Carpet

1781 (made)
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Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

To gain full membership of the Hand-Knitters' Guild of Strasbourg, journeymen knitters had to produce masterpieces including a cap, a woollen jacket, a pair of gloves with fingers, and a wallhanging patterned with flowers, like this one. This carpet or hanging is of multi-coloured stocking stitch made on needles, or possibly a peg frame. We do not know who made it. Adam and Eve appear beneath a central panel depicting Jacob's Dream, from the Old Testament, with the inscription "hilfe wirt gott ferner schicken meinen feinden zum verdus" : God will continue to send help in despite of mine enemies.
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read The history of hand-knitting While the origins of knitting are unclear, we know it has been practised in many different parts of the world, over many centuries, producing objects of great beauty as well as items fulfilling practical needs. When done by hand, it has used simple tools, such as hand-carved sticks of wood...
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Knitted wool
Brief Description
Carpet of knitted wool, Strasbourg, 1781
Physical Description
Carpet of hand knitted wool.
Dimensions
  • Knitting is frame, so could not access directly. height: 1730mm (Approx.) (Note: Measured by conservation. )
  • Knitting is framed, edges are trapped and not visible. width: 1660mm (Approx.) (Note: Measured by conservation)
Marks and Inscriptions
'hilfe wirt gott ferner schicken meinen feinden zum verdus' (Inscription on carpet)
Credit line
Given by Eric Pasold
Subjects depicted
Place Depicted
Literary References
  • Genesis 28:10-19
  • Genesis 3
Summary
To gain full membership of the Hand-Knitters' Guild of Strasbourg, journeymen knitters had to produce masterpieces including a cap, a woollen jacket, a pair of gloves with fingers, and a wallhanging patterned with flowers, like this one. This carpet or hanging is of multi-coloured stocking stitch made on needles, or possibly a peg frame. We do not know who made it. Adam and Eve appear beneath a central panel depicting Jacob's Dream, from the Old Testament, with the inscription "hilfe wirt gott ferner schicken meinen feinden zum verdus" : God will continue to send help in despite of mine enemies.
Bibliographic Reference
Hinchcliffe, Frances (ed.), Knit One, Purl One : Historic and Contemporary Knitting from the V&A's Collection. V&A, London, 1985p.7
Collection
Accession Number
T.375-1977

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record createdJuly 11, 2003
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