An ambitious new commission This photograph shows the specially commissioned tapestry designed by the artist Victoria Crowe for the newly completed Leathersellers’ Hall in the City. The tapestry, woven in wool, cotton and lumix at the Dovecot Tapestry Studio in Edinburgh, is more than 130ft long. It was installed in January this year and took three years to complete. The imagery is a response to the work and history of the company, which was founded by royal charter in 1444.
It is structured chronologically to read from left to right. The central wall incorporates roundels depicting stages in the leather-making process as well as the oak, mimosa and sumach leaves used in tanning and the head of a roebuck, a device from the company coat of arms.
Beneath the tapestry, on the main axis of the room, is an armorial designed by Robin and Christopher Ironside and also woven by Dovecot for the opening of the previous hall in 1960.