Few creatures have inspired people’s imagination as much as the horse. Stone Age cave paintings preserve it in lively colour. Many deities are depicted on horseback, some even in equine form. The winged steed Pegasus brought thunder and lightning to Zeus as insignia of his power, and in reward was immortalized as a constellation in the heavens.
The wondrous mane and tail of a horse are not just naturally beautiful but also able to withstand the elements. Towards the end of the 18 th century, horsehair began to enjoy a high status as an elegant material for chair coverings. At first it was woven exclusively by hand, but in 1872 the first mechanical loom for the coveted material was constructed.
Its natural properties and the difficulty of processing mean that horsehair is still used for extravagant furnishings and luxurious fashion accessories.