These simplified but still very evocative pictures were inspired by the six tapestries woven around 1500 and now restored and displayed at the Musée national du Moyen Âge (former Musée de Cluny) in Paris.
I was aware of these iconic images and they have been used and referenced many times.
For a simple overview see- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lady_and_the_Unicorn. The first five tapestries are titled Taste, Hearing,Sight, Smell & Touch
I have “Taste” (naturally!) and “Hearing” (which is more than Trev is demonstrating at present) and I picked up these in the early days of picking a palette for the tulip bedroom.
The sixth tapestry ” À Mon Seul Désir” has had a number of interpretations including, “my heart or soul’s only desire” . As my sole desire right now is to finish the b****y French house, it is very apt.
The blue reminds me of a Campagne sky, fading to turquoise on the horizon- as pictures on the photo wallpaper behind this blog. The red is soft carmine. Both colours are quintessentially French to me.
Originally made from cochineal, this is a light shade of the red known as crimson lake and found on every art student’s palette until the late 20th century (don’t get me started on the general dumbing down of Art College courses).
In a principally very plain “old white” room I will have a single accent wall behind the bed in this wallpaper under a deep area of exposed original stone. Parts of this room are 14th century
The paper has a soft hand printed look and references the “tree of life” image found in many ancient cultures and a classic tapestry/embroidery motif
In red on an creamy white ground, I have a smaller “toile” version of this classic motif on the big heavy hand made curtains posted recently which I have painstakingly divided for the little window in this bedroom https://coteetcampagne.wordpress.com/2015/06/02/the-thursday-three-toile-de-jouy-and-vintage-frames/
Wallpaper is called “Paradise” how apt; to each his own …………………………….