Very large 17th Century Flemish verdure tapestry


This large tapestry is a beautiful example of the verdure tapestry design, which gained immense popularity in Flanders during the 16th and 17th Centuries.


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This vast tapestry was produced in the 17th Century in the Flemish tradition of verdure tapestries, literally meaning green tapestries, a rugmaking design tradition which consists of depictions solely of plant forms, honouring nature and its beauty. It is finely crafted in wool and dyed with natural dyes.

The tapestry’s central panel transports one to a realm where nature reigns supreme, showcasing a landscape of majestic trees, lush foliage and delicate blossoms. The landscape also features a veiled body of water visible behind the greenery.

The central panel is framed by a large intricately adorned border graced with regal masks and delicate blooms arranged in a dense and abundant composition, giving the border a richly decorated look. Four masks, one in each corner of the tapestry, depict mythological figures in classical Roman design tradition, which are nestled in architectural elements, transmitting a sense of grandeur and opulence to the piece. Another four masks stand above a cartouche each, placed on the center of each section of the frame, depicting smaller, but equally green landscapes. The cartouches themselves are nestled in foliage motifs.

Expectably, the tapestry is designed mostly in shades of green, light blue, warm ochre and orange, transmitting a very warm and abundant look, and faithfully conveying a sense of natural beauty.

It is not known exactly when the first verdure tapestries were made, but, by the 16th Century, tapestries with designs derived from foliage had become immensely popular in Flanders and the nearby region. In the second half of the 17th Century, landscapes were gradually incorporated into their design, for which this piece serves as an example.

Measuring generously, this large tapestry commands attention and becomes the focal point of any room. Whether one hangs it in a living area, study, or even the bedroom, it effortlessly transforms any space into a sanctuary of tranquility and elegance. Its rich texture adds depth and dimension, casting a spellbinding ambiance that captures the essence of a peaceful haven.


Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
17th Century
18th Century and Earlier


323 cm / 127.2 inches
424 cm / 166.9 inches


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