In Norway as well as in the rest of Europe the Baldishol Tapestry is unique. It cannot be said for certain where it was made but it is clearly inspired by patterns from Southern Europe. The style makes it likely that it was woven in the Northern part of France or England. However, it could possibly also have been made in Norway.
A sheer coincidence
The first known origin of the tapestry is from a 17th century church at Baldishol in Nes, Hedmark Fylke (County) that was torn down in 1879. Only by sheer coincidence was it saved from total destruction. A family who lived close to the church had already salvaged several items from the church and at an auction bought an old altar cloth and a dirty rag full of dirt and clay. In the church it had been used as a footstool for the bell ringer to protect him from the draught from the old floor. The cloth was cleaned and the clear colours came out. It was also scantily repaired and hung on the wall of the family's home in Christiania (Oslo). Later the Oslo Museum of Applied Art bought it.
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