The bigest tapistry in the world, made by Frane Delalle, entered in Guiness book of records with the surface of 1242 m2.

Inside the military fascility in Iraq, the large semi circular wall in the entrance hall was the place where the tapistry named "History of Iraq" was placed in 1988.

This hand-made work was produced in factory in Zabok, nowdays Croatia, in sections, and mounted on the spot.

Height of sections is from 8 to 11 meters, and the whole composition is aprox. 120 meters long.

The destiny of this tapistry, after the wars in Iraq, is unknown.

Taking photos inside the facility was not allowed at that time. Only the fotos taken outside the factory before transport, are preserved. Unfortunately, a few sections - on extreme left and right side - are missing.


The colors are vivid, the motifs are from the arcitecture heritage of Iraq and apstract ones.
Ishtar gate from Babylon
Ornament from Islamic tradition
Assyrian winged lion
The battle
Desert tents
Motifs from civilisations of Babylon and Assyria
The Lion of Babylon - 2600 years old monument is also part of the composition
Towers an the comet
Benks of the rivers Tigris and Euphrates

The process of manufacturing this extremely large and tall tapistry, was a chalange, for both artist and factory workers.

More than 30 people were involved in production - operators on needle punching machines, people in charge of preparing looms, trimming and cleaning woll.

During six months, under the supervision of an artist, the work was finished and ready to transport to Iraq.


Artwork is mosaic of more then 60 sections 2 m high and 6 to 8 meters wide
The sketch for the tapistry was made on the cardboard
The first step was drawing contuors on the special canvas
Choosing colors
Asigning color combinations to each part
Operator, working on the back side of the canvas, is using electric needle with the combination of 3 to 5 wool colors
On the other side of the loom, artist is showing operator where to apply the current colors, by pushing the canvas with the stick.
The machines are very noisy and the air is full of dust. It was a hard work, 8-12 hours every day.
Ones finished the lover section, canvas is mowed downvard, and work continues on upper part of composition.
Controling the measures.
Controling the quality of joints between sections.
In this stage of production, the surface of tapistry is rough.
The surface is then trimmed with the machine, and on some parts by hand.
The final cleaning of wool dust and particles.
The last quality control.
Havy rolls were taken out of factory hall.
For the first time artist and other involved in production, were able to see the whole composition, hanging on the factory wall, ready for taking fotos.
Artist and his work.


His first tapistry , made in 1975. for the congress hall in hotel Croatia in Cavtat. Size 18 x 4m.

Central motif is the old town of Dubrovnik, surrounded by the fleet of mechant ships, that broth welth to this dalmatian city.


Congress hall interior 1982
Original design for the stage curtain
Congress hall interior today
Congress hall interior today
Original design - State coat of arms
Hotel and congress center buildings

The stage curtain - size 16 x 11 m. Golden leaves on textile.
State coat of arms - diameter 4.5 m. Brass, hand made. Original border (CC for Congress Center) was replaced with the point star.

The former SHERATON Hotel, today Rainbow Towers Hotel, was built in 1982 / 1986.