ANTIQUE TEXTILE ART IV
A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles
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39. 
axminster carpet
england

circa 1860
550 x 450 cm (181 x 149)


Notes: symmetrically knotted wool pile on a wool foundation
During the second half of the 19th century a strong change in style occurred throughout Europe, where the architectural, neoclassical forms were no longer ideal and gave space to a series of rococo revivalist patterns of richly floral character. Axminster carpets of this period incorporate the romanticism that characterises the early Victorian era, as seen in the example illustrated here. The allover arrangement of rose bouquets on an eau-de-nil background, contained within a narrow burgundy red frame, epitomizes such style with an elegant understatement that places this carpet as the ideal complement for interiors of traditional antique continental taste.

 



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