Extra Large Antique Portuguese Needlework Area Rug BB3916 18'5" × 41'7" $80,000
An extra large Portuguese needlework wool rug from the first half of the 20th century. The soft cream field is covered with an allover lattice formed by curving vinery in ivory, green, caramel and rust. The narrow border contains flowerheads and scrolling vinery.
The ancient craft of needlepoint, also known as ‘canvas needle-work’, ‘canvas embroidery’ or ‘petit point’ ﬂourished most notably in Western Europe.
Rug weaving was introduced to Spain and Portugal during the Moorish occupation and continued throughout the centuries. The present rug was a product of a commercial industry that appeared from the sixteenth century onwards.
Extra Large Antique Portuguese Needlework Area Rug BB3916