Charles I Turkey work armchair

1630 - 1640

W 24 1/2" × H 38 1/2" × D 22 1/2"

Stock # Marh2298


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Charles I joined oak armchair with gun barrel turned legs joined by plain stretcher rails, the seat and backrest panel upholstered in Turkey work fabric with a similar cushion in the same fabric.

Turkeywork was produced by professional weavers in England from the 16th century. Short lengths or thrums of worsted wool were hand-knotted using the Turkish or Ghiordes knot (also called the symmetrical knot) on a linen or hemp-fibre warp. The colourful wool was shorn to produced a dense, even pile.