Curtain tassels at Chatsworth House. Pure silk tissue on a crimson ground with multi-coloured floral Chinoiserie trailing design taken from original textile documents the design of which is used in the State rooms, which also feature a yellow ground version of the same design. www.humphriesweaving.co.uk
France dominated the art of the tassel in the 17th century. One tassel was often composed of up to six carved and covered wooden forms in a flat, faceted, dome or pear shape. These tassels incorporated ornaments and several different varieties of fringe, including inch, gimp, trellis, butterfly, tufted and swagged. Even a simple French tassel during this time had at least 300 threads. This beautiful Nobilis-Fontan tassel would have found a home in any 17th-century sitting room.