An Artistic Antique English Needlepoint Rug, Origin Country: England, Rug Circa Date: Late 19th Century – An elegant young maiden in a neo-medieval style stands amidst lush stylized vine scrolls replete with birds and flowers on this stunning antique English needlepoint. Reminiscent of the iconic and magnificent arts and crafts designs of William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelite painters, the composition harks back to the art and tapestries of the Middle Ages while looking ahead to the future of the Art Nouveau movement.
The Latin inscription of the upper and lower borders in Gothic calligraphy state the following:
‘Malum concilium est quod mutari non potest,’ ‘It is bad advice that cannot change’
While many of the older antique rugs that were created using the needlepoint technique can be used on the floor as an area rug, naturally, most people who see this piece will want to display it as a wall hanging tapestry rug. This is mostly due to the refined artistic quality of lady that is depicted in the center.
Upon first glance you may not notice the magnificent array of animals and forest creatures surrounding the woman in the center. In addition, the woman’s ear seems to be elongated, giving her a look that is indicative of a pixie or fairy. The fact that the animals are not afraid of the lady, further strengthens the point that she herself is a beautiful and magical forest creature herself.
There is so many interesting elements withing this antique English needlepoint. It exudes romance and innocence and features such a beautiful image which is why it will be so easy to find the perfect spot for it within the confines of your existing interior design. As pieces that are this beautifully colored and rendered will tend to compliment their surrounding rather than compete for attention.