Detail from a Quilt decorated with scenes from the legend of Tristan, 1355-1400. Museum no. 1391-1904
The Tristan quilt (bed cover) was made between 1355-1400. Linen fabric has been quilted and padded with cotton wadding with outlines in brown and white thread. It was made in Sicily, Italy and is 122 inches in length with a width of 106 inches.
The legend of Tristan and Isolde was a favoured narrative in the Middle Ages and appears in many forms in literature and the decorative arts. The story represented here on a quilted linen coverlet, in fourteen scenes, is that of the oppression of Cornwall by King Languis of Ireland and his champion the Morold, and the battle of Sir Tristan with the latter on behalf of his uncle King Mark. More images of the quilt are available via Search the Collections on the V&A's official website.
Museum Number 1391-1904