Antique Spanish Cuenca Style Rug, Country of Origin: Spain, Circa Date: 17th Century – This breathtaking Spanish Cuenca rug from the 17th century has a regal character that reflects a tradition of making pile rugs that stand out as some of the most elegant in the world. This beautiful masterpiece stands out in its rich, contrasting colors and formal design.
Spain has a rug making tradition that goes back to the eleventh century when the Moors occupied Spain. They brought many of their artisans and traditional crafts with them. One of them was rug making. In the beginning, the antique Spanish rugs resembled carpets produced in the Middle East, but as time went on, they developed their own unique style that is a combination of Islamic and European traditions. The result is a style that resulted in some of the most beautiful rugs in the world.
The Cuenca workshops formed a prominent rug making center throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. Cuenca rugs became popular among collectors in the 1920s due to a demand for Spanish-style houses in California and Florida. The colors of antique Spanish Cuenca rugs have been described as earthy and refined. This one features a color palette that consists of warm reds and neutrals against a dark background for contrast.
This rug is a wider runner rug that would be a perfect way to connect one area of the home to another one. It would also make an excellent foundation for a formal dining room or larger space for gathering. This rug holds the story of the many feet that have walked across its threads. This only adds to its unique character and charm.
A piece that is this old is a rare find. This antique rug from Spain would make an excellent piece for a collector or a space with fine antiques. The rug will lend its character to the space to create an old-world, well-traveled feel in the space. It is a rare and elegant piece that is a real treat for historical area rug aficionados or for anyone who wants a piece that will make a statement in the room.