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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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55 Rugs Found in Scenic and Pictorial
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 beautiful English tapestry design is the epitome of elegance.
Origin: Colombian Size:
2 ft 1 in x 2 ft 3 in
(0.63 m x 0.69 m)
This brilliant example of Colombian needlework features a whimsical scene with colorful animals, people, plants and buildings set over a chic jewel-tone background.
This pictorial carpet from the city of Tabriz reflects Hebrew traditions and legends imported to Iran under the reign of Shah Abbas.
This sumptuous antique Oriental Indian velvet textile is based upon the silk twill textiles of the early Byzantine and early Umayyad or Islamic periods.
Featuring detailed stone blocks and exquisitely-shaded garments and curtains, this pictorial tapestry from England memorializes ceremonial traditions.
This one-of-a-kind pictorial carpet features the life of Moses in an elegant triptych format under a spandrel of heraldic symbols representing the Twelve Tribes of Israel.
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 spectacularly styled vintage French tapestry features a fantastical naturalistic landscape scene decorated with stylized plants and ornate avian creatures.
Crafted in Sweden, this decorative Scandinavian rug features a spectacular Gobelins-style tapestry composition that depicts a lively European market scene.
This unique decorative antique French Tapestry is hand-made from fine wool in France.
This modern English tapestry design is the epitome of contemporary elegance.
Surrounded by a dramatic frame filled with Arabic inscriptions, this pictorial carpet from Tabriz depicts a highly detailed and realistic scene of everyday life.
Depicting the much-beloved Swedish character Nils Holgersson, flying on a goose, this whimsical Swedish rug is an absolute delight.
This fascinating rug from Qashqai features an armed Persian lion set against a red field, creating a commanding presence.
A genre scene of the hunt is the subject of this charming antique French tapestry.
Reminiscent of New England and Cape Cod, this early American hooked rug pays homage to the longstanding tradition of seaside living.
Woven in Kashan, this exceptional pictorial rug from Persia features a famous Judaic scene, including a bearded Moses holding the legendary Ten Commandments.
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