The Hunt of the Unicorn


The Hunt of the Unicorn tapestry is woven in one size: 43″x36″. See tapestry description below.

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Tapestry Description

The Hunt of the Unicorn

Medieval tapestries

The Hunt of the Unicorn is the first tapestry in the famous series of seven tapestries known as The Unicorn Tapestries where we see the hunters enter the woods. These were woven in the southern Netherlands between 1495 and 1505 in wool and silk with silver and gilt threads. These medieval tapestries combine two themes, Christian and pagan fertility, showing the unicorn (Christ) being hunted, killed and then resurrected. Throughout they also feature fertility allegorical depictions and the letters AE since they may have been commissioned by Anne of Brittany for her wedding to Louis XII. They are now in the Metropolitan Cloisters in New York.

This fine reproduction of the first tapestry is woven in Belgium today in a weave including 84% cotton, 9% mercurise and 7% polyester (no gold or silver!). Sometimes called Hunt: Amour Eternelle, this tapestry is lined and has a rod pocket for easy hanging. We also have others from the The Unicorn Tapestries series: versions of the Unicorn at the Fountain and the Unicorn in Captivity.

Hunt Amour Eternelle tapestry hangs here in a home in Australia:

Hunt - Amour Eternelle tapestry - The Unicorn Tapestries