I remember the first time I saw these bed carpets in the museum in Oslo, I was totally charmed. They are large and covered the walls in the whole room - absolutely wonderful to sit in the middle of the room and be surrounding by their glowing warm colours and simple geometries. This one above depicts a feast with the elite sitting down in the middle and women in attendance standing around - holding hands rather like those rows of cut-out dolls we used to make. The patterns on the women's dresses are all unique and keep your eyes busy forever.
The one above is very different, quartered with two angels winging above potted plants and surrounded by a deep stepped border.
Because they are woven, the distinctive geometry comes very much with the weaving technique that has been used.
Which is why I find the comparison with this superb early stitched piece of the Judgement of Solomon in the Micheál and Elizabeth Feller Collection quite intriguing. The figures, although having movement, have in terms of style and facial composition much more in common with the Norwegian works than with the French influence of the majority of other Stuart panels. Does any one know of any similar panels?