Chivalry reached its peak in the 15th Century at the Royal Courts of England and France. Such Courts founded great Orders of Chivalry such as the Order of the Garter and the Order of the Golden Fleece, which were based solely on the Arthurian theme. These great Courts held chivalric spectacles and tournaments that lasted sometimes for weeks; it is not difficult to imagine the sight of knights in cloth of gold carrying painted silk damask banners and wearing armour, sometime gilded, sometimes bejewelled the brightly coloured heraldic banners and the gilded pinnacles of the castle towers glittering in the sun.
The tapestry shows King Arthur as he would have possibly been depicted had a tapestry been commissioned by the Duke of Burgundy in the late 15th century. On the right, Merlin leans through a doorway leading to the forest, and views a scene in a courtly garden where Arthur, watched by his future Queen Guinevere, pulls the sword from the stone, thereby identifying himself as the rightful King.
King Arthur is then depicted as crowned and carrying the sword and entering the many towerd Camelot. He emerges with his Knights of the Round Table, with banners flying and trumpets sounding for his departure on the Quest. However, he is watched by his half-sister Morgana le Fay who plots his downfall, and the path King Arthur pursues will eventually take him to meet Sir Mordred the Black Knight, with whom he will engage in the Last Battle. Finally, the mortally wounded King will be carried by the Lady of the Lake to the Isle of Apples known as Avalon.
This beautiful tapestry is woven on a jacquard loom by skilled weavers, keeping alive the centuries old tradition of tapestry manufacturing from generation to generation. This tapestry is fully lined incorporating a sleeve along the top for hanging with a Hines hanging rod. Alternatively, this tapestry can be hung with a wooden batten which is a concealed method of hanging.
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How to hang a tapestry
Tapestries are very simple to hang in your home. There are a two options for you to choose from which are explained below.
Decorative Tapestry Hanging Rod
Choose from two finial options, Black Spear or Brass Fleur de Lys to hang your tapestry. Simply slide your hanging rod through the rod pocket that is sewn along the top edge of the back of the tapestry so that the finials and some of the black bar is showing either side. (You can have as much or as little of the back bar as you wish showing as the hanging rods are telescopic).
Once you are happy with where you want the tapestry to hang, mark on the wall through the eyelets on each finial where you need to drill the wall. Then simply drill and plug both holes and then screw your tapestry to the wall.
Hines tapestry hanging rods are specially designed to be flush-mounted to the wall securing the tapestry in the best way possible to ensure that it looks great for years to come.
Obscure Wooden Batten
If you would rather fix your tapestry to the wall without any decorative rod you need to select a wooden batten when adding your tapestry to the basket. Each batten is cut to size specifically for your tapestry and works on the same principle as a decorative hanging rod with a pre-drilled hole at each end to fix to the wall.
All decorative hanging rods and wooden battens from Hines come with screws and plugs and a set of instructions how to fit to your wall.