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Carpets

Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 9:04 pm
by Dingo8MyBaby
Can anyone point me towards some online resources regarding carpets - circa 1200-1300?

Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 9:41 pm
by Brother Ranulf
Slightly earlier, in the Lai of Erec and Enide by Chretien de Troyes [verse 2628 onwards] online at
http://omacl.org/Erec/erec2.html

"He caused a Limoges rug to be spread before him on the ground. The others ran to get the weapons and he brought them on the rug. Erec sat opposite on a leopard design which was portrayed on the rug . . ."

"Leopard" in he late 1100s and into the 13th century means a lion passant, although it would be less recognisable to us as a lion and certainly not like the anorexic beasts seen on football shirts. See:
http://www.bestiary.ca/beasts/beast547.htm
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/c ... Detail.jpg

Urban Tigner Holmes ("Daily Living in the Twelfth Century") quotes two kinds of "rug"made in Paris: native and Saracen weave. The Oriental style had tied worsted knots but the weave of the native French kind is unknown. "Saracen" here means "foreign", in the sense that the technique could have come from China, India, Afghanistan, Turkey, Syria or any other eastern or North African region.

A study of the subject (American, but don't hold that against them) is at
http://www.medievaltextiles.org/news30.pdf