Bayeux Tapestry Duke William – Mathilde
Early medieval embroidery
Bayeux Tapestry Duke William – also known as Queen Mathilde, shows William of Normandy and his cavalry from the 224 feet (nearly 70 metres) long early medieval embroidery showing the history of the Norman invasion of Saxon England. It is exhibited at the Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux in Normandy.
Today this tapestry detail is woven in France in 100% cotton and is fully lined, with a rod pocket for easy hanging. We supply instructions about how to hang a tapestry with each order. There is also a shorter tapestry showing just Duke William’s Horses.
We have received two intriguing emails from customers after they purchased this tapestry:
– David in Wernerville, PA wrote “At the last minute, I thought I would celebrate Harold’s near-triumph at the Battle of Hastings with a re-needled fragment of the Bayeux Tapestry. My timing was off; the anniversary was approaching. But the considerateness of The Tapestry House was right on the mark. Martin & Linda got the piece to me in record time and with e-mail updates and with humor, and I was able to hang it on October 13 with a gala toast that evening, — not to William-the-Bastard but to Martin & Linda.”
– Vali in Boston, MA, wrote “What a world you bring to us! Here we are, a thousand years after embroidering hands memorialized the events leading up to what must have been a bloody Battle of Hastings (Bayeux Tapestry), and my little girls are going to sleep looking up at William the Conqueror as he and his team of horses and men push forward toward England. While the birds along the border seem to be taking it all in, those beautiful red and blue threads are sewing my daughters’ dreams! Thank you Martin, to you and your team, for expertly delivering all this action to our door. It’s very apparent that you love what you do! We feel lucky to be on the receiving end of your expertise and passion.”
Four weavers, in France and Belgium, weave details from this immense masterpiece. These three below from a French company have the same colouring tones and yarn composition, aiding their pairing.