The Carpetmaker

The Guildsmen & their Wives – The Carpetmaker

Chaucer mentions the specific Guilds in his prologue, and when we first introduced a generic Guildsman and his Wife we realised there was huge scope for us to work with each of the named Guilds allowing us an exciting choice of costume especially for the wives. As it says in the Prologue: They had the capital and revenue,/Besides their wives declared it was their due./And if they did not think so, then they ought;/To be called Madam is a glorious thought.

A Haberdasher, a Dyer, a Carpenter

A Weaver and a Carpet maker were

Among our ranks, all in the livery

Of one impressive guild fraternity

With his spirited horse and his spurs clearly in use, The Carpetmaker wears a richly patterned cobalt blue tunic with a fine, wide cuff detail. He also sports another of our favourite hats, which was designed after very brief visit to a museum in Perugia, Italy. We discovered a series of medieval tapestries there and were so inspired with new ideas that we filled up an entire sketchbook with hasty scribbles.

Each figure in the Canterbury Tales range is designed to work as a standalone figure or as part of a wider collection, but alongside the other guildsmen and their partners The Carpetmaker was conceived to pair perfectly with his Wife who you can see if you click here so there are a series of subtle decoration details that echo between the couple.

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ht 20cm / 8in