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28 March 2014

16th century Scotland may have been a man’s world, but as we all know behind every great man there’s a great woman...

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The Stirling Tapestries

The magnificent Unicorn tapestries hanging in the Queen’s Inner Hall of the Palace were commissioned especially for Stirling Castle. They have been woven by hand, using techniques dating back to the 1400s.

From one of the Stirling tapestries

The tapestries are closely based on a set of seven held by the Metropolitan Museum of New York at its Cloisters Museum. The original tapestries were produced in the early 1500s in the Low Countries.

We know that James V had two sets of tapestries featuring unicorns. Tapestries were extremely expensive and were prized by the wealthy elites of the European Renaissance.

Work began on the new tapestries in 2001 and is due to be completed in 2013. Four of the seven are being woven in a purpose built studio within Stirling Castle.

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