Tapestry of Thrones

Northern Ireland

The Song of Ice and Fire told through a 77-metre long Medieval wall hanging.

Tapestry of Thrones

By Stefan Roesch

Northern Ireland - the real-world home of Game of Thrones - has a long tradition of high-quality linen production. So what better way to get plenty of eyes on your artisinal products than to create a giant Bayeux-style tapestry depicting scenes from every season of the World's most popular series.

With the release of GoT Season 7 in 2017, the 77-metre tapestry was unveiled at Belfast's Ulster Museum.

Fabric was sourced from one of the last surviving linen mills in Northern Ireland, and a team of artists painstakingly hand-drew each scene to be depicted on the tapestry. These drawings were then hand-woven on a modern Jacquard loom - using many of the same fabrics used for the costumes in the show. Once the weaving was complete, hand-embroiderers set to work embellishing the tiny details that make the tapestry the true work of art it is. Daenerys' hair shimmers and every crown is stitched with golden thread.

The delicate hand embroidery was undertaken by 30 stitchers who used the same fabric as for the costumes in the show.

The delicate hand embroidery was undertaken by 30 stitchers who used the same fabric as for the costumes in the show.

The tapestry is still on show at Belfast's Ulster Museum. However, after 28 July 2019 it will be on display at the Bayeux Museum in France's Normandie until the end of the year, showcasing new scenes from Season 8.

A fantastic interactive website has been set up where fans can explore the entire length of the tapestry online. Alternatively, check out this video.

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