October 25, 2002 - Medieval Tapestries Coming To Stirling Castle
A project to create a modern interpretation of seven of the finest medieval tapestries in the world, has been launched at Stirling Castle.
The tapestries, currently being woven on a loom in the Royal Palace, will form an outstanding collection for the nation and an enduring legacy for future generations. The designs are based on the Hunt of the Unicorn, now on display in New York at The Cloisters, which houses the Medieval Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Peter Buchanan, Castle Project Manager, said: "When complete the tapestries will adorn the walls of the Queen's Presence Chamber in the Royal Apartments of the Palace at Stirling Castle. Alongside the tapestries, furniture and fittings will recreate the splendour of the rooms as they may have looked in the time of Mary of Guise."
Funding and sponsorship are being sought to provide a complete set of seven tapestries. The tapestries, each measuring more than seven square metres, will take more than two years to complete. Each tapestry will be woven using a traced cartoon, with up to three weavers working on a section at any one time. An exhibition, based in the Royal Palace at Stirling Castle, allows visitors to witness this process.
During the project the Castle is hosting talks from the weavers.
West Dean Tapestry Studio is currently working on two large format tapestries commissioned by Historic Scotland for display in the Queen's Presence Chamber of St James V Palace at Stirling Castle, Scotland.
Two tapestries from the renowned The Hunt of the Unicorn series, which hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, will be recreated by the West Dean Tapestry Studio. As part of the contract, the Start of the Hunt is being woven at West Dean Tapestry Studio and The Unicorn in Captivity is being woven on site at Stirling Castle.
Neil Hynd, Historic Scotland Central Regional Director, said 'This project is unique - as far as we know, no one has ever tried to recreate medieval tapestries on this scale before.'
The Tapestries will be a great addition to the castle experience, if you get a chance to visit Stirling we strongly reccomend you stop by and see this wonderful artistic process at the castle.
Argyll's Ludgings, which is just the esplanade from the castle has more wonderful examples of Scottish Tapestries.