Breathtaking Small Size Antique Israeli Marbediah Rug, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Israeli Rug, Circa Date: 1920 – This beautiful classic and signed Israeli Marbediah rug features medallions in a design that uses simple motifs and color to create a sense of peace and tranquility. The Israeli rug uses undulating shapes to create vertical movement that is framed by a series of borders.
This small size antique Israeli Marbediah rug boasts several design features that stand out about this exquisite example. First, the central design appears to have the medallion figures superimposed on the background. This is in stark contrast to most other Persian rugs (which the design of this carpet is based off of), that rather than being integrated into it. This makes the medallions stand out and look almost as if they are a different texture. The second feature that stands out is that the central field design appears to continue beyond the borders of the Judaica rug. While this is a small scatter size rug, this deign approach will create the effect of making the room look bigger.
As is the case with most Marbediah and Bezalel rugs, the artist was Jewish but religious. That is why the rug weaver included Jewish motifs like the many Starts Of David in the field, but drew them just so that they can be perceived as “regular motifs”.
The design of the rug has symmetry, both vertically and horizontally. It emphasizes the vertical orientation of the rug and has a design that could be used in either direction. This makes it versatile and able to be used in a number of different interior designs. It could be used as the focal point of the room design, or would be stunning as an accent piece for fine furniture or artifacts. Either way, this magnificent small size antique Israeli Marbediah rug makes a beautiful addition to any home or office that needs a traditional flare by combining European and Mediterranean elements.