Museum of Sacral Textile Art

The museum building of 1995 is home to one of the most important collections of high and late medieval textile art. It is very rare in Central Europe for a collection of such scope to be preserved at the site of its creation.

Weaving with a long tradition

Weaving in Lüne Abbey follows a long tradition, back to the Middle Ages, and is still practised today. Textile artefacts have frequently been used as a means to visualise and supplement the biblical message. These days, they give us an insight into monastic life and the faith of bygone ages.

Textile art – from the Middle Ages to the 20th  century

Next to items from everyday convent life, numerous textile works or art are on show, created by the Benedictine nuns of Lüne. Following the Benedictine rule of ora et labora (pray and work), the nuns wove and embroidered bench covers, altar cloths and Lenten veils, the oldest dating back to the 13th and early 14th century. Two processional flags from around 1410 count among the most important artefacts on display in the museum. Particularly imposing are the large, beautifully embroidered tapestries, measuring up to four by five metres, that were used to decorate the Nun’s Choir to mark the solemnities on the Christian calendar.