Fashioned on a ground of red silk satin is this exquisite example of early 19th century Italian appliquéd church runner. Typical motifs from the 12th – 16th century when most of the population was illiterate, and therefore images were very important to convey ideas. Each pattern repeat consists of griffins, said to scare off and protect from evil or harmful spirits, green men/grotesque mask is the symbol of rebirth and dolphins, symbol of the resurrection all within scrolling foliage and urns. Bordered by yellow satin with flowers and trailing scrolls outlined with scrolls of gold thread. Entirely hand stitched, edged with a small yellow silk fringe, backed with antique linen. This length has three and a half full patterns.