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The Three Fates; The Triumph of Death, tapestry, unknown maker, early 16th century. Museum no. 65&A-1866. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Tapestry

Tapestry is an ancient technique of weaving. The pattern is woven in blocks of coloured weft thread which are then beaten down very tightly on the warp threads, producing a picture or pattern. The V&A's collection includes four 15th-century examples, known as The Devonshire Hunting Tapestries, and Raphael's cartoons of tapestries for the Sistine Chapel.

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Raphael: Cartoons and Tapestries for the Sistine Chapel

Raphael: Cartoons and Tapestries for the Sistine Chapel

In September 2010, the V&A will show four of the ten tapestries Raphael designed for the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. These remarkable works are co…

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The Museum of Savage Beauty

The Museum of Savage Beauty interactive web feature explores the hidden stories and craftsmanship behind some of the most remarkable objects made by Alexander McQueen and his creative collaborators. Here the designer's iconic pieces are placed alongside historical objects from the V&A’s collections, which represent some of the many design traditions that inspired him.

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Event - Philip Webb and ‘The Forest’

Sat 07 November 2015–Sun 01 May 2016

DISPLAY: William Morris and Philip Webb were lifelong friends and together they founded Morris & Co., specialising in textiles and other furnishings. Morris believed that tapestry was one of the greatest forms of art, although it was the very last technique he attempted to master.

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