Tablecloth, Gryphon

The "Gryphon" tablecloth design is typical of the 14th and 15th C. trend in patterns. All the patterns were literally used for centuries, and any medieval design might well appear in the folk textiles still woven in the region. The tablecloth is 60" wide X 120" (10 feet) long (approx) and is finished with a hand knotted fringe end and discrete side selvage as in the originals.

The laying of the cloth on the table is described in great detail in John Russell's 'Book of Nurture'; the cloth is generally laid on the table or sideboard with the decorative bands draped over the end as shown in this plate from Histoire d'Olivier de Castille et d'Artus d'Algèbre.  This plate also depicts how similar cloths were used in serving. Gryphons dominate the woven bands in this painting of the Last Supper by Ghirlandaio. The proportions of our cloths were extrapolated from period artwork and extant fragments to produce the most historical look on a modern table.

The checkerboard and a motif that could be animals or gryphons can be seen in the Lombard manuscript ‘The Story of Lancelot’ dated 1370 (Biblioteque nationale, Paris, MS. fr. 343, 31v). Gryphons were a popular design component and like most patterns of the period are arranged in pairs which face each other (combatant) as in this example in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Complete documentation is included with each item.

  • Linen warp, cotton weft
  • 60" x 120" approx
  • Hand knotted fringe on both ends
  • Indigo-dyed yarns used in the blue bands
  • Machine washable




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  • Model: SL-TL01
  • Shipping Weight: 4lbs

This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 28 September, 2008.