Many different plants and flowers make up a medieval flower garden. Hundreds of tiny flowers often filled the background of late 15th and early 16th century French and Flemish tapestries and this came to be known as mille-fleurs, literally ‘thousand flowers’. Animals, birds and figures were woven into the designs. The most famous of these is the series of six panels titled The Lady and the Unicorn, currently exhibited in the Cluny Museum in Paris. A further series of seven panels entitled The Hunt of the Unicorn is in the Metropolitan Museum in New York.
The tile is designed to form a decorative frieze as well as being a tile in its own right. This tile fits against itself top to bottom and side to side which means that it can form part of a larger decorative panel. This design will also provide the background for a number of tiles with animals on them, all of which can fit together with this flower tile. These animal versions will appear as they become available.
Fixing Points: Two holes: towards the top and each side of the tile
Dimensions: 10.1cm x 10.1cm