Antique English Needlework Carpet BB6748 14'2" × 14'8" $48,000
A highly decorative early 20th century English needlework European carpet, the cream field with an allover whimsical design of naturalistic feathery leaves and vinery within a think floral motif stripe.
The ancient craft of needlepoint, also known a ‘canvas needle-work’, ‘canvas embroidery’ or ‘petit point’ ﬂourished most notably in England and France. Executed with wool yarn on jute, hemp, or linen canvas until the latter was replaced by cotton around 1825, needlepoints are easily identified by their distinctive stitches—the tent stitch or petit point, and gros point. English needlepoints, renowned for their profuse ﬂoral motifs, reached an artistic zenith in 1700-1750 but were produced through the end of the nineteenth century. Mainly used as table antique oriental rugs, the earliest pieces, dating from 1550-1650, exhibited scrolls of ﬂowers with pictorial and heraldic motifs. Eighteenth-century pieces reveal the inﬂuence of contemporary artistic movements including baroque, chinoiserie, neoclassical, and rococo.
Antique English Needlework Carpet BB6748
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