Norman & Medieval Collection

Scenes from the most famous tapestry, The Bayeux Tapestry, are found in this collection. The Bayeux tapestry was produced to commemorate the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Many pieces from museums around the world are represented here, The Hunt of the Unicorn, a series of tapestries now in the Metropolitan Museum, New York. The magnificent Ghent Marketplace and its smaller versions may be viewed here.

Tapestry weaving became an important industry during the Middle Ages, with thousands of weavers working on designs which were usually commissioned by the nobility or royalty. Tapestries were obviously used for decoration but also for excluding draughts in buildings before the widespread use of glass in windows, and to absorb noise.

Norman and Medieval tapestries and designs are available for purchase at Classic Tapestries. Not all are available for viewing on the website. We welcome enquiries. Please contact us for further designs.

NM2081 MEDIEVAL FOUNTAIN

This tapestry is inspired by the 15th century Unicorn Tapestries.

NM2050 THE WINGED STAGS

This symbolic tapestry originally woven in the 15th Century is now housed at the Museum of Antiquities in Rouen, France. Silk-screened

NM2064 THE MONTHS OF THE YEAR (LES MOIS DE L'ANNEE)

Reproduction of a 12th century tapestry showing the months of April and May, now hanging in Norway. Loom woven

NM2069 BAYEUX-HAROLD SAILS FROM SUSSEX (LOOPS)

Harold holds a banquet at Bosham in Sussex before embarking to cross the English Channel to visit William, duke of Normandy in 1064. Loom woven

NM2070 BAYEUX-WILLIAM SAILS FOR ENGLAND (LOOPS)

William prepares to raise a challenge to the new King of England, Harold in 1066. Loom woven

NM2071 LEAVING FOR THE HUNT (DEPART DE CHASSE)

Reproduction of a 16th Century tapestry showing mounted noblemen leaving the castle on a falconing expedition. Originally woven in the Loire Valley in the 16th Century. Loom woven

NM2072 BAYEUX-EARL HAROLD

Scenes from the Bayeux depicting Harold's visit to William of Normandy in 1064. Loom woven

NM2073 BAYEUX- EMBARKATION

William prepares to cross the English Channel for the invasion of England in 1066. Loom woven

NM2074 BAYEUX-PEVENSEY

The arrival of the Norman fleet after crossing the English Channel at Pevensey in Sussex. Loom woven

NM2075 BAYEUX-HAROLD RIDES TO BOSHAM

Earl Harold rides out to Bosham on the Sussex coast to visit William, duke of Normandy in 1064. Loom woven

NM2076 LA PROMENADE (THE OUTING)

A tapestry showing a Duke riding with a richly dressed lady from the Middle Ages,with a castle and village in the background. Loom woven

NM2078 ARITHMETIC LESSON

Reproduction of a 17th Century tapestry, now at the Cluny Museum, Paris. Loom woven

NM2079 MEDIEVAL MUSIC

From a 16th Century Tapestry showing musicians from the King's Court playing by the banks of the Loire River. Loom woven

NM2080 BAYEUX-THE NORMAN FLEET

A tapestry showing the Norman Fleet crossing the English Channel and arriving near Hastings. Loom woven

NM2082 KNIGHT OF SIENA

From a fresco dated 1328 in Siena, Italy showing a noble General riding his warhorse. Loom woven

NM2083 BAYEUX-BATTLE OF HASTINGS

This tapestry represents the historic Battle of Hastings in 1066 when William of Normandy defeated Harold and the English Saxons. Loom woven

NM2084 GHENT MAKETPLACE

A market town from the middle ages. The full scene is revealed in the largest size, two thirds is depicted in the next size and one third in the smallest size. The design is read from left to right. Loom woven

NM2085 THE KNIGHT

A tapestry showing a Knight and his mount in full battle dress from the 15th century. Loom woven.

NM2086 REPOS A LA FONTAINE (RESTING AT THE FOUNTAIN)

A hand woven tapestry from the 15th century series La Chasse a la Licorne now at the Metropolitan Museum New York. Hand woven

NM2087 BAYEUX-HAROLD SAILS FROM SUSSEX

In 1064 Earl Harold sets sail from Bosham in Sussex to visit Duke William of Normandy. Loom woven