Quest for the Holy Grail tapestries
The Quest for the Holy Grail tapestries – in 1895-6 Sir Edward Burne-Jones designed a series of six panels with the overall name “The Arming and Departure of the Knights”. It was commissioned for a baronial dining hall from Morris and Co. Fortunately for us, several copies of each panel were woven. William Morris might have been involved to some extent in the last months of his life, along with Henry Dearle who supervised tapestry weaving for the Firm.
Some of the dramatic originals are owned by Sir Andrew Lloyd-Webber and were loaned for a Pre-Raphaelite display at the Royal Academy, London in 2003. I had the immense pleasure of seeing these large originals among his collection of 300 pieces of Pre-Raphaelite art spread across a dozen vast rooms.
These European reproduction tapestries are woven by two long-established weavers. The Quest for the Holy Grail tapestry on the right is woven in acrylic, viscose and rayon to bring out the lustrous details of this fine quality tapestry. Burne-Jones’ dreamy style transports one readily into other worlds.