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Medieval Tapestries

Medieval tapestries often depicted scenes from everyday life and were used to illustrate stories, fables and myths. Here we can see mythical beasts, a preoccupation with sense and perception, glorification of battles and the celebration of great families and dynasties. These include the famed Lady and the Unicorn tapestries, details from the Bayeux Tapestry, the grapes harvest, knights and unicorns tapestries. In addition the decorative elements of medieval wall tapestries often appear time and again, the most distinctive of these being the mille-fleurs tapestries - in reference to a background style of many different small flowers and plants.