Croÿ carpet

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Croÿ carpet from 1554/1556

The Croÿ carpet (Tapetum Concordiae) is a 6.80 meter long and 4.32 meter high (according to another source measuring 6.90 m × 4.46 m) picture knitting that is owned by the University of Greifswald . Due to its size, the presentation and the quality of the execution, it is considered a unique cultural and historical testimony from the time of the Reformation .

The work was commissioned by Duke Philip I of Pomerania in 1554 and made by Peter Heymans , a Dutch craftsman, in Stettin or Jasenitz . The Basselisse knitting technique was used. On the carpet there is a depiction of the Pomeranian Duke Philip I with his family and the family of his wife Maria , the royal house of Electoral Saxony on the occasion of the wedding. The figures are arranged around below the preaching Martin Luther . The reformers Philipp Melanchthon and Johannes Bugenhagen can also be found in the background . But not only the wedding should be represented, but the longed-for unity in faith within Lutheranism in view of the disputes after the Augsburg Interim of 1548 (thesis by Heimo Reinitzer ).

Ernst Bogislaw von Croÿ , son of Duchess Anna of Pomerania , donated the tapestry to Greifswald University in 1687. The donation was linked to the condition that it be displayed every ten years on the anniversary of Duchess Anna's death on July 7th in the large lecture hall of the university.

During the Second World War , the work was initially relocated to Lübeck , from there it was transferred to the Kunstgutlager Schloss Celle , before it was returned to the place of its testamentary destination for the 500th anniversary of the university in 1956.

The Croÿ carpet has been on loan from the University of Greifswald in the Pomeranian State Museum in Greifswald since 2005 . In 2014 it was entered in the register of nationally valuable cultural assets.


See the bibliography in the National Valuable Cultural Property database , see web links.

  • Birgit Dahlenburg , Rita Sauer: The Croÿ carpet from the Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald - a nationally valuable cultural asset in Germany. In: Pomerania. Journal of Culture and History. Issue 3/2014, ISSN  0032-4167 , pp. 42-47.
  • Marcin Wislocki: The Croy Carpet. In: Religious places of remembrance in East Central Europe. Constitution and competition in access across nations and epochs. Edited by Joachim Bahlcke , Stefan Rohdewald, Thomas Wünsch . Akademie-Verlag, Berlin, 2013, ISBN 978-3-05-005658-6 , pp. 350–359.
  • Heimo Reinitzer : Tapetum Concordiae. Peter Heymans tapestry for Philip I of Pomerania and the tradition of the pulpits carried by Moses. Berlin 2012. ISBN 978-3-11-027887-3 .

Web links

Commons : Croÿ carpet  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Croÿ carpet. ( Memento of the original from June 29, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Entry in the database of nationally valuable cultural assets. In:, (last) accessed on May 28, 2016.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /