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The Tapestry, The Sable Quean, by Sean Rubin

The Tapestry of Martin the Warrior symbolizes the honor and strength of Redwall Abbey. Greatly prized by the Abbey residents, it hangs in the Great Hall, an idea which came from Columbine.

Many of the Abbeydwellers talk to the figure of Martin in the center, as they believe his spirit is a part of the tapestry. The tapestry is considered to be the heart of Redwall Abbey. It was originally a small woven figure of Martin the Elder Warrior, Martin's grandfather, and somehow passed down to Sayna, probably from Luke the Warrior. Vurg and Beau then gave it to Martin.

Later, Redwall inhabitants expanded the tapestry under the supervision of Brother Hubert based on sketches of Martin found in the Gatehouse.

Martin's centerpiece is surrounded by vermin fleeing him. Below him, his name, "Martin." A rose can also be seen at Martin's right foot, possibly indicating his long-lost true love, Laterose of Noonvale. Behind the Tapestry, Martin hid riddle instructions to his tomb.

Occasionally, vermin have attempted to steal the tapestry. Cluny the Scourge sent his hordebeast Shadow inside the Abbey to successfully take Martin's image. He then used it as his battle flag. Eventually, Basil Stag Hare and Jess Squirrel were able to recover it, and Methuselah made sewing repairs.

Another incident happened when the tapestry was stolen by the Marlfoxes Ascrod, Vannan, Dakkle, and Beelu; it was recovered by Songbreeze Swifteye, Dannflower Reguba, Dippler, and Burble.

In Pearls of Lutra, the tapestry was the hiding place of one of the Tears of all Oceans.

In the Redwall TV Series, the tapestry depicts events predicted from the future, such as Cluny fighting the goodbeasts of Redwall Abbey.


The tapestry appears in all books except Lord Brocktree, Martin the Warrior, Mossflower, and Outcast of Redwall.