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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.

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