Antique tablecloth, completely handwoven and embroidered, wool on cotton. The weaving technique is called "Opphämta" in Swedish and dates back from the Middle Ages.
Our piece was without much doubt weaved in the early 1900's, as it is made of narrow lengths of fabric, around 20 cm / 7.87 in wide, that were sewn together. Indeed, back then looms in the countryside were not wide and didn't therefore allow weaving wide pieces.
This very versatile piece was ornamented with a ribbon sewn by hand to make it more resistant.
Due to its abstract pattern, it complements beautifully both traditional and modern interiors. Perfect as a tablecloth, a wall hanging artwork but also as a bedcover, a blanket or as a carpet, due to its thickness and structure. At the time of its making, this kind of textiles were much seen in the kitchen, over sitting benches.