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Carpet

  • Place of origin:

    Strasbourg (made)

  • Date:

    1781 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Knitted wool

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Eric Pasold

  • Museum number:

    T.375-1977

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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.

Physical description

Carpet of hand knitted wool.

Place of Origin

Strasbourg (made)

Date

1781 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Knitted wool

Marks and inscriptions

'hilfe wirt gott ferner schicken meinen feinden zum verdus'
God will continue to send help in despite of mine enemies
Inscription on carpet

Dimensions

Height: 193 cm, Width: 174.5 cm, Depth: 4.3 cm

Descriptive line

Carpet of knitted wool, Strasbourg, 1781

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Hinchcliffe, Frances, Knit one, purl one: Historic and Contemporary Knitting from the V&A's Collection, London:V&A Museum, 1985, p.7.

Materials

Wool

Techniques

Knitting

Subjects depicted

Parrots; Lions; Original sin; Flowers; Coats of arms; Sin; Unicorns; Serpents

Categories

Textiles; Floor coverings; Interiors; Christianity; Heraldry

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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