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Pictorial Rugs - Rugs pictorial or scenic designs portray specific people, times, or places. They can depict the a traditional hunt like this fantastic Agra, a simple portrait, or a myriad of animals and people like in this exquisite 17th century Esfahan from Persia. Tapestries are also often pictorial and vary tremendously. This example, a 17th Century Tapestry, shows the heraldic symbols of a Spanish admiral. In addition to being very collectible, these types of pieces are often decorative. However they are designed they are always robust and full of life as if the scene is unfolding before your very eyes.
Pictorial rugs are some of the most over-the-top examples of the artistry, talent and determination needed to design and construct a fine, everlasting carpet. From antique tapestries to lavish hunting rugs, these pictorial rugs pay homage to history, people and important events. Pictorial Persian carpets have been traditionally produced in Kashan, Isfahan, Tabriz and cities where the great master weavers worked. Indian and Persian hunting rugs are excellent examples of pictorial rugs and scenic carpets that depict countless animals, horsemen and animated predators set among a lush, forested background. Portraits of dignitaries, important officials and high-ranking people are also found in antique pictorial rugs. With the same token, weavers also choose to illustrate important scenes from history and literature. Pastoral landscape scenes and geographic illustrations of particular places are also found in some prestigious pictorial rugs. Even tribal weavers depict people and animals, but they do this in a much more simplified and abstract manner.
In many ways, pictorial and scenic carpets feature a more detailed and specific composition that is similar to traditional works of art and breaks away from the ambiguity of allover rug patterns filled with lush vinescrolls. Fine antique European tapestries that feature formal compositions and gilded frames resemble classical paintings and works of art more closely while other pictorial rugs are more abstract and open to interpretation. Due to their rarity, quality and execution, antique pictorial rugs are coveted representations of the varied art of carpet weaving.
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76 Rugs Found in Scenic and Pictorial Rugs
Using vibrant colors and brightly-dyed fringes, this still life carpet from the city of Tabriz features Persian hallmarks infused with European appeal.
This exquisite little antique French tapestry depictsa scene drawn from classical mythology or allegory.
This brilliant example of Colombian needlework features a whimsical scene with colorful animals, people, plants and buildings set over a chic jewel-tone background.
Full of history and whimsy, this vintage American hooked rug features a charming stylized portrait of General George Washington riding his iconic white horse.
This beautiful English tapestry design is the epitome of elegance.
This pictorial carpet from the city of Tabriz reflects Hebrew traditions and legends imported to Iran under the reign of Shah Abbas.
An exciting work, this piece features the sort of design that makes Italian dinner textiles so unique: a fun and boisterous depiction of traditional Italian ingredients in their natural habitat.
This sumptuous antique Oriental Indian velvet textile is based upon the silk twill textiles of the early Byzantine and early Umayyad or Islamic periods.
Colorful shrubs, exotic trees, richly detailed fish and graceful animals decorate the naturalistic composition of this exquisite antique Persian rug from Kashan.
This striking mid-century art rug depicts one of Andy Warhol's famous renditions of Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe.
Featuring detailed stone blocks and exquisitely-shaded garments and curtains, this pictorial tapestry from England memorializes ceremonial traditions.
In this delightful carpet, one of Warhol's most recognizable depictions of Hollywood legend Marilyn Monroe is set against a field of red in a delightful pop art style of high contrast.
The enduring story of the Prophet Joseph who battles against his brothers' plots is depicted in this antique pictorial Persian rug from the great city of Kerman.
Perfect for today's natural history fascination, this modern underwater rug depicts an elegant polychromatic seahorse surrounded by graceful fronds of sea grass.
Sublimely detailed, this modern underwater rug features an elaborate seahorse motif surrounded by flourishing sea grass fronds set over an ebony-colored field.
This gorgeous piece from Qashqai features an intimidating, armed Persian lion against a blood red field, creating an impression of authority and tradition.
This pictorial carpet from Esfahan features a pictorial scene depicting everyday life in Persia.
Typifying pomp and circumstance, this Kerman carpet features a royal portrait emblazoned in a central cameo surrounded by colorful swans and a promenade of lush, floral vases and pink cloud bands.
This intriguing Peruvian arpillera depicts the working class women of Lima, Peru going about their daily chores.
This spectacularly styled vintage French tapestry features a fantastical naturalistic landscape scene decorated with stylized plants and ornate avian creatures.
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