Vintage Spanish Quenca BB5610

Vintage Spanish Quenca Description:

An 18th century Spanish Cuenca area rug, the muted orange field with contrasting blue and green stylized design and a wide border with undulating ivory design.

During the Islamic occupation of the eleventh century, Medieval Spain was the first European country to make knotted pile antique oriental rugs. The Hispano-Moresque society was a tremendously cultured civilization with diverse populations: Muslim Arab, Jewish, Christian and Berber, all intermingling for many centuries. In addition, other prevailing design influences came from Persia, Italy, and France. Along with tapestries, cushions, bed sets and chests, oriental style vintage area rugs were indispensable to the nomadic life of the Spanish nobility. In the fifteenth century, geometrically patterned Spanish rugs and carpets from Alcaraz were embellished with figural panels and emblazoned with armorials of the noble patrons who commissioned them. Throughout the Renaissance, Spanish carpet and rug making closely followed the prevailing trends of European fashion by incorporating bold wreath and trellis-work designs.

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