Antique Axminster Carpets are Rare and Beautiful Axminster carpets
- Antique Axminster rugs and carpets represent a unique style of rug. While most antique rug styles were developed in the Oriental world, the Axminster style is an excellent example of a style that was developed in the Western World - specifically, in England. Axminster rugs are a luxurious nineteenth-century English counterpart to the great Neo-classical designs of French Aubussons
. They share the same taste for monumental frames and cartouches filled with naturalistic floral detail in the European tradition, along with a tendency toward softer, pastel coloration. Some Axminsters, however, also began to respond to the qualities of Oriental rug
design once the latter had reclaimed their position in the European market during the later nineteenth century. But even Axminster rugs of this kind preserve a distinctly European taste for soft coloration and realistic floral motives.Axminster rugs and carpets are noteworthy for the wide range of aesthetics and styles that they express. While some examples are certainly aesthetically consistent with the elaborate Neoclassical carpets of France, it is the exceptional pieces that express more of an Oriental style that give such range to the style. Indeed, some antique Axminster rugs and carpets beautifully incorporate Persian and Turkish elements of design, seamlessly fusing these aesthetics with more conventionally Western designs and formats. This coming-together of Eastern and Western design preferences makes for unique and exciting antique carpets, with a great versatility and a fascinating overall impression.
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6 Rugs Found in Axminster Carpets
This lovely little antique
Axminster rug from England has a rich array of naturalistic floral forms
unfolding dynamically across the surface.
This elegant antique Axminster carpet from England exemplifies the trend toward exotic Oriental rather than English or French designs.
This charming antique Axminster carpet from England displays an eclectic blend of Persian rug design with the taste and color sensibility of the English Arts and Crafts Movement.
This extraordinary antique Axminster carpet from England fuses a taste for Aubusson and Savonnerie styles with Persian carpet design.
This classically elegant antique Axminster carpet from England has a design of scrolling cartouches filled with graceful naturalistic sprays of carnations and garlands of pansies.
This resplendent 19th century carpet from Axminster is adorned with lush floral garlands, acanthus scrolls and ornate architectural details influenced by neoclassical designs imported from France.
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